Business Night (April 1)

The Business night is the grand opening of the EBT. The evening aims at broadening students’ vision by sharing inspiring stories. With prominent speakers and leaders in their areas of expertise, the Business Night is a unique opportunity to go beyond academic knowledge and get inspired by the diverse leaders. The event will take place in the Auditorium of Tilburg University in the evening of April 1.

The theme of this evening is:
‘Entering a New Era: What’s Next?’

Our modern, fast-paced society is subject to constant changes. Technological developments have a large influence on markets and innovation is the key in staying ahead of the competition. How do companies deal with large transitions in their environment? And how did changes in the personal lives of our speakers affect their career path? The future is uncertain, but our speakers will shed a light on their vision on what’s next.  

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Note: Once all tickets are sold out, you can enroll yourself for the reserve list. If you are on this list, you will be notified when places open up.

Reserve list

Program Information

Marjan van Loon (President-Director Shell Netherlands): Marjan van Loon has worked 30 years for Shell since she started her career in 1989. She has fulfilled numerous positions within the Netherlands and abroad, including Australia and Malaysia (1997-2007). Before she began as president-director she was Vice President Integrated Gas and LNG (liquified gas). What’s Next? Currently she is responsible to lead Shell Netherlands during a period of energy transition, in which collaboration is the key to success.

Mattijs ten Brink (CEO Transavia): After his study Business Economics in Amsterdam, Mattijs fulfilled several functions within Royal Nedlloyd Group and UPS, and eventually ended up at KLM. He started at the Cargo Division and worked his way up to CCO of KLM in 2010. Since he was appointed as CEO of Transavia, the company grew to the largest and most profitable budget airline in the Netherlands. During the Business Night, Mattijs will go into existential challenges Transavia faces. Is there space for more growth? Or shouldn’t growth be the target? Additionally, he will tell more about the future of their business model regarding sustainability.

Henk Valk (CEO Philips Benelux): Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions.
Henk Valk is CEO for the Philips activities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Previously he worked for eight years as an Executive Vice President at Stork Fokker, an aerospace company. He started his career at Philips Medical Systems many years ago and held several national and international positions amongst others in Middle East, Africa and in North America.

Stephanie Hottenhuis (CEO KPMG Netherlands): Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in professional services. She gained a large part of this experience during international management positions at Arcadis. Her story will focus on the fourth technological revolution. This revolution will raise issues about the impact of technology on business models and people. KPMG wants to be a leader during this transformation and Stephanie will elaborate on how they will do this.

Maarten Bouwhuis (Chairman of the day): As chairman of the day, Maarten will be in charge of the evening. He has already gained a lot of experience in this area at the Dutch Institute of Debate and twice as debate leader during the National election debate. Maarten is also known for his work at BNR newsradio and ‘ RTL-Z ondernemerszaken’ .

General information

Costs €2,-
Dress code Business Casual
Location Tilburg University, Auditorium
Open for Dutch and International students
Selection “First come, First served”