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Gert Jan van der Hoeven

Founder & Managing Partner

Gert Jan founded H2 in 1991, built and developed the H2 team, and introduced the firm’s strong focus on operational value add, including several of the firm’s approaches. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee of H2. Gert Jan’s passion is to indeed build better companies.

Prior to founding H2, Gert Jan joined McKinsey & Company to work in The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. At McKinsey, Gert Jan was responsible for the worldwide company diagnostics – Center of Competence.

Gert Jan holds an engineering degree from the Delft University of Technology, and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

His sector/functional experience areas include consumer goods, manufacturing, pricing, wholesale and distribution … and real turnarounds!

His personal interests include reading, travelling, painting and spending time with his family and friends. Gert Jan is married and has two children.

Peter van Leersum

Investment Director

Peter joined H2 in 2017. He gained both investment and advisory experience at investment banking boutiques in both the UK and The Netherlands.

Peter holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Tilburg University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, also from Tilburg University. Additionally, Peter studied Finance at EDHEC Business School in France.

Since joining H2, Peter has been involved in several investments, a.o. in equipment manufacturing, IT services and construction materials.

His personal interests include photography, travelling, skiing and contemporary art. Peter is married and has two young children.

Sander Koster​

Investment Director

Sander joined H2 in 2019, after having worked at Bain, Shell and Egon Zehnder in a variety of countries (USA, Russia, Oman and Nigeria) and in various positions.

Sander holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology, and holds an MBA from Harvard University.

At H2, Sander is involved in various investments, a.o. in equipment manufacturing and aftersales.

In his spare time, Sander enjoys spending time with his partner Maaike and their 4 children.

Gijs Menting

Investment Manager

Gijs joined H2 in 2020, after having gained investment experience at a private equity firm. Prior to that, Gijs worked at a ‘Big 4’ (accounting) firm in the corporate finance department.

Gijs holds both a Master’s degree in Financial Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Tilburg University.

Outside of his working life, Gijs enjoys cycling and running.

Kenny de Geeter

Senior Associate

Kenny joined H2 in 2019, after having previously worked at an infrastructure-focused investment fund. Prior to that, he gained experience in a private equity firm in The Netherlands and the M&A department of an investment bank.

Kenny holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Vlerick Business School and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Engineering from Ghent University. Additionally, Kenny was a research associate at Vlerick Business School.

His personal interests include soccer, reading and movies.

Joris Bakker

Associate

Joris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Econometrics from the University of Groningen and a Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from the Erasmus School of Economics. Additionally, Joris took several finance courses at Harvard University.

During his studies Joris, gained professional experience at the M&A department of a large bank and a company involved in high-frequency trading.  Joris joined H2 in 2017 and is involved in investments in equipment manufacturing, the staffing industry and IT services.

His personal interests include tennis, travelling and playing guitar.

Tom Greenwood

Associate

Tom joined H2 in 2020, initially as an intern and was promoted to associate. Prior to that, he gained professional experience working for a strategy consultant and a large Dutch bank in Hong Kong.

Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the Erasmus School of Economics.

His personal interest include cooking, triathlon and travelling.

Henry van Dun

Director legal and fiscal matters

Henry joined H2 in 2018. Before joining H2 Henry has been a senior partner in the fiscal practice at Witlox.

Henry holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in fiscal law from Tilburg University.

Since joining H2, Henry has been involved in a range of recent investments, a.o. in equipment manufacturing, IT services and construction materials.

His personal interests include travelling and soccer. Henry is married to Monique.

Ela Nieuwesteeg

Office Manager

Ela joined H2 in 2004 as Office Manager. She is responsible for managing office operations and supporting the H2 professionals in their day-to-day activities. Prior to H2, Ela worked in a similar role for an executive search company. Ela has a degree from the Hotel Management School in Poland and a BA in Business Economics from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. She is a dual Polish and Dutch national.

Ela enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, and she is passionate about photography and interior design.