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Willem de Ruijter

Willem de Ruijter
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Willem Ruijter

Executive Director, Europe

From the VMA GROUP offices in Amsterdam and Brussels, Willem leads the Communications and Marketing recruitment for Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as executive searches in other European markets.

Before turning to executive search and recruitment in 2008, Willem had an extensive career working for multinational companies and consultancy firms, where he held the roles of International Chief Marketing/Chief Communications Officer, and Managing Director positions in the consumer goods sector, covering markets all over Europe.

Willem joined VMA GROUP in 2012, where he also serves as a Board member, chairs the company's Advisory Board meetings in Belgium and the Netherlands, and presents at industry events on the developments in the communications profession.

Willem’s Specialisms

Willem focuses on senior-level Communications and Marketing roles and immensely enjoys making perfect matches, combining clients' short-term requirements with long-term developments. He has an extensive network of Chief Communications Officers across Europe with whom he regularly discusses their personal career development as well as their senior team hiring needs.

Recent Projects Include

·       Global Head of Business Communications at a Multinational Healthcare BtB/BtC, Netherlands

·       Global Communications Director at a Multinational FMCG, Netherlands

·       Director of Global Internal Engagement at a Multinational BtB, Netherlands

·       Corporate Communications Lead at a Multinational BtB/BtC, Netherlands

·       Media Relations Manager at a Multinational BtB/BtC, Netherlands

·       Manager PR & PA at an International Business Consultancy Firm, Netherlands

·       Media Relations Manager at a Financial Services Company, Belgium


"What a speed and what a service! Thanks again for your professionalism and efficient collaboration."
HR Director at a Pharmaceutical company, Belgium

"Recently another international head hunter reached out to me. Nice people but the difference in understanding the communications function compared to you was very big." 
International CCO, Netherlands FMCG