Governance

Founder & CEO

Richard van den Brink

As a true entrepreneur with a passion for inventing and creating new products, Richard van den Brink started Global Factories in 2000. Global Factories has developed and created successful products for many different markets, such as golf equipment, product displays and medicine storage. In 2014, Richard decided to focus on pharmacy automation. After the success of the MDM, he developed a machine for the automated checking and packing of blister cards. In 2015, the VandenBrink Blister Packing Machine was introduced as the first machine which could check and pack blister cards.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Global Factories consists of two external advisers, Michiel Roos and Henk de Jong. Both have an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in business development and management. The Advisory Board meets regularly to advise the CEO and to guide the members of the management team.

Michiel Roos

Michiel Roos advises in financial matters. He previously worked at Siemens from 1984 to 2017, where he worked for various departments. He was Controller at the Healthcare Sector from 2002 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2017 he was Controller at the Energy Sector, including Oil&Gas. Michiel joined the Advisory Board of Global Factories in 2014. Currently he is Director and Owner of JMR Consulting.

Henk de Jong

Henk Siebren de Jong is CEO of Philips Domestic Appliances, a position he has held since August 2020. He is also Executive Director of the Board. Henk was appointed a Member of the Supervisory Board of the University of Groningen in January, 2022 and a Member of the Board of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in April, 2020. In addition, he is teaching digital transformation management at ISE Business School in São Paulo and IESE Business School in Barcelona. Henk joined the Advisory Board of Global Factories in 2019, advising on a broad range of topics, most notably strategic marketing and commerce.

COO

Arno Bracco Gartner

Arno Bracco Gartner joined Global Factories in August of 2021 as COO after a career that includes 20 years of Management experience obtained in Europe (6 years), Southeast Asia (7 years) and North America (7 years). At Global Factories, together with the other members of the management team, Arno is shaping and preparing the organization for the next level of development and growth: Global Factories 2.0