Bechtle appoints CEO of PQR Marijke Kasius as Vice President Netherlands

14/12/2023
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Bechtle strengthens position in the Netherlands with new top management

Bechtle will appoint Marijke Kasius as Vice President for the Bechtle Group companies in the Netherlands effective January 1, 2024. The 39-year-old Kasius is currently CEO of Utrecht-based Managed Service Provider PQR, where she leads the company together with Managing Director Marco Lesmeister. PQR has been part of the Bechtle Group since May 2022.

The company will continue to be led by a two-headed leadership team: Marc van Rinsum will assume the role of Managing Director of PQR as of Jan. 1. Van Rinsum was previously Managing Director of Fondo, an IT service provider acquired by and integrated into PQR in April 2023. In her new position, Marijke Kasius will transfer from PQR to Bechtle and report directly to board member Konstantin Ebert.

This change in the management structure of the Bechtle companies in the Netherlands aims to strengthen the joint competitive position and achieve further growth.

"The appointment of Marijke Kasius as Vice President is important to strengthen our presence in the Netherlands. We are convinced that her experience, extensive network, expertise and leadership qualities will contribute to the successful development of our business in this important and fast-growing market," said Konstantin Ebert, Bechtle Group board member for IT e-commerce.

Entrepreneur with strong social commitment
Kasius has 15 years of experience in the IT sector in various companies and management positions. In 2022 she was voted CxO of the Year at the Dutch IT Channel Awards and in 2023 she was CxO of the Year at the Computable Awards. "I am very much looking forward to growing together with the whole team and positioning the Bechtle Group companies in our market as IT partners of the future. For this I will use my experience in setting up structures, building processes and inspiring people to achieve common goals," said Marijke Kasius.

Growing presence of Bechtle in the Netherlands
The Bechtle Group has been active in the Netherlands since 1998 with the e-commerce company Bechtle Direct and since 2006 with ARP. With Cadmes, the Group also has a successful PLM specialist on board. Cadmes falls under the responsibility of Uwe Burk, member of the divisional management board for PLM, but is part of the broader ecosystem that all companies in the Bechtle Group deploy for joint customer projects. Together with PQR, the Bechtle Group companies in the Netherlands have broad coverage of the important economic regions from Maastricht through Eindhoven, 's-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht to Hoofddorp. The Bechtle Group has more than 800 employees in the Netherlands.

About Bechtle
With more than 85 system houses and IT e-commerce in 14 countries, Bechtle is one of the leading IT providers in Europe and always within reach. Bechtle also has a global partner network to meet the needs of its customers on every continent.

The Bechtle Group was founded in 1983, headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, and currently employs more than 14,500 people. More than 70,000 customers from industry, commerce, finance and the public sector rely on Bechtle to drive their digital transformation with a cross-vendor portfolio covering the entire spectrum of IT infrastructure and operations. Bechtle is listed on the MDAX and TecDAX. In 2022, the company achieved revenues of €6.03 billion. In 2023, Bechtle will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Read more at bechtle.com.

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