Board of Management
Board of Management
The Board of Management, supervised and advised by the Supervisory Board, manages KPN's strategic, financial and organizational matters and appoints senior managers. The Supervisory Board appoints and discharges members of the Board of Management and establishes their individual remuneration within the boundaries of the remuneration policies approved by the Annual General Meeting and the recommendations by the Remuneration & Organization Development Committee.
Eelco Blok, Chairman of the Board of Management and Chief Executive Officer
Eelco Blok (born in Vlissingen, 1957) became Chief Executive Officer of KPN on April 6, 2011. Blok has been a Member of KPN’s Board of Management since April 2004, with the exception of the period January 2005 to June 2006, during which time he was appointed Chief Operating Officer Fixed and Corporate Strategy & Innovation Officer. As a Board Member, Blok has been responsible for the Fixed Division (until January 1, 2007), Business Market, Wholesale & Operations and Getronics (until February 1, 2010) and most recently for Mobile International and iBasis.
Blok studied Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, from 1976 to 1979. He received a Masters in Management from the Graduate School of Management of the University of Technology Delft and the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1983. In the same year he joined the then-PTT, which subsequently became KPN, as a Business Analyst. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Management, Blok held various management positions within the company.
Blok is co-Chairman of the National Cyber Security Council, Member of the General Council of VNO-NCW, Member of the Supervisory Board of Reggefiber Groep B.V., Chairman of the Supervisory Board of E-Plus and Chairman of the Board of Management of BASE Company.
Blok lives together with his partner Annemarie Weverling. Together they have three children. In his spare time Blok is a keen sailor.
Thorsten Dirks, Member of the Board of Management and Chief Executive Officer E-Plus
Thorsten Dirks (born in Hamburg, 1963) was appointed to the Board of Management of KPN on November 7, 2011. Dirks’ responsibilities on the Board of Management cover KPN’s mobile activities outside The Netherlands. Thorsten Dirks joined E-Plus, KPN’s German mobile network operator, in 1996. He has been Chairman of the Board of Management of E-Plus since 2007.
Dirks graduated from the University of Hamburg in Electro- and Communications Technology. His career began with management functions at Orbitel Mobile Communication (Vodafone/Ericsson) and Vebacom. Dirks has held various management positions at E-Plus, related to networks and IT as well as commercial management, including responsibility for the implementation of E-Plus’ multi-brand strategy. In 2001 he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Management of E-Plus, becoming its Chairman as of January 2007.
Dirks has the German nationality, is married and has a son.
Joost Farwerck, Member of the Board of Management and Managing Director the Netherlands
Joost Farwerck (born in Hilversum, 1965) was appointed as a Member of the Board of Management on April 10, 2013. Since being appointed Managing Director the Netherlands in February 2012 he has been responsible for all KPN’s activities in the Netherlands. His main driving forces are change, improvement and teamwork.
Farwerck studied law at the University of Amsterdam and subsequently, after launching his career, followed a variety of study courses at such institutions as the International Institute for Management Development. He started work at KPN in 1994 as a legal counsel. He then became an account manager and subsequently occupied senior management positions, becoming Secretary of the Board of Management and Supervisory Board, Head of Network and Customer Operations, Director of the Wholesale division and Director of the Consumer Residential division.
He regards KPN as the integrated access provider in the Netherlands for consumers and business customers. He wants to strengthen KPN’s market position and transform the company into an uncomplicated and customer-friendly service provider. ‘The course we have embarked on will simplify KPN dramatically, thereby making things much easier for our customers.’
In addition, he wants KPN to make a difference in Dutch society with regard to themes such as The New Way of Living & Working, Healthcare of the future, Energy-efficient and Security & Privacy.
‘Our strength at KPN is our people and the quality of our service. We are important for society and we take responsibility for this.’
Farwerck is Non-Executive Board Member of the KPN Group company iBasis. He is also Member of the Executive Committee of VNO-NCW and Member of the Board of Nederland-ICT.
Farwerck is married and is father of three children. In his free time he enjoys cycling and tennis. He also listens to music (Spotify!) a lot and reads Dutch and English literature (on an E-reader).
Steven van Schilfgaarde, interim Chief Financial Officer
Steven van Schilfgaarde (born in Linschoten, 1964) can call on more than two decades of experience with KPN and Getronics. On September 13, 2013 he was appointed interim Chief Financial Officer, a position he had already occupied, jointly with Eric Hageman, from January to September 2012. Until September 2013 Van Schilfgaarde was CEO of KPN IT Solutions.
Van Schilfgaarde has a long history with KPN, having joined the organization in 1990 after studying business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam and taking a postgraduate controller course at the VU University Amsterdam. Since then he has held various financial management posts and has specialized in IT, procurement, offshoring and outsourcing.
He describes himself as a focused and passionate manager with a positive attitude who is always keen to find new opportunities and possibilities. “When it comes to fundamental changes, I’m your man.” Examples of this are his contribution to the integration of Getronics into KPN and offshoring IT-related work to India, he says.
“KPN plays a crucial role in the Netherlands; it is one of the most important companies in a rapidly changing market and helps to determine the success of this country. That’s why working for KPN has always been and will always be interesting.” Van Schilfgaarde wants to get the company moving in the right direction and to allow employees to blossom.
As well as being interim Chief Financial Officer, Van Schilfgaarde is a Member of the Supervisory Board of E-Plus and SNT Germany and a Member of the Board of the KPN Pension Fund.
Van Schilfgaarde is married and is father of three children.