International Leadership: Willem Van den Neste

Managing Director Germany and Netherlands

As Managing Director Germany and Netherlands, Willem Van den Neste is responsible for delivering growth for retailers and manufacturers by combining market intelligence and technology solutions. 

Before taking this responsibility, Willem was EVP Client Operations Europe with the accountability to develop and implement operational and transformational strategies for achieving operational excellence. 

Willem has nearly twenty years of experience in the FMCG industry. He started his career as an Infantry Officer in the Dutch army. He then worked for several years as a General Manager for Fedex. Before joining IRI in 2010 he worked for almost 15 years as senior operations executive in Nielsen’s international operations team. 

Willem studied at the Royal Military Academy (Netherlands) and followed the International Executive Programme at the INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau (France).