CEO, President & Board Member
Frank was born in the Netherlands (Maasbracht) and studied at Leiden University, one of Europe’s oldest universities. Arriving at college, he thought it would be fun to learn sailing. Something went off the rails and overnight he became the youngest chairman of the organization that just weeks before had decided to acquire a completely new fleet. There, an early lesson was learned – with a good team you can conquer any challenge even if you don’t know the slightest about sailing yourself.. Frank developed a strong interest in international relations, in particular transatlantic economic and military cooperation (becoming Chairman of The Jason Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the local Dutch United Nations Student Association) and helped found Leiden’s first Cambridge style Debating Society (the Dutch refer to debating as “arguing” which of course was already a national sport for centuries in his homeland). At the age of 22 Frank celebrated his first 4th of July at the US Embassy in the Hague, invited by then US Ambassador, Paul Bremer III. By that time his impression of the US had grown well beyond Bonanza, Dallas, Dynasty, and Kojak. After graduation as an ML in Leiden, Frank started the inevitable working life. Driven by managerial opportunities, he decided to start an executive MBA program at both the University of Rotterdam (NL) and the University of Rochester (New York). The irresistible urge to move to the United States became unstoppable. In Europe he started the CD-Recorder business for one of the greatest high tech companies in the world, Philips Electronics. In 1993, he was able to move that business to the most beautiful City in the US – Colorado Springs and a “temporary” two year expatriation deal brought him finally to the land of endless opportunities. Since then, he has garnered broad international management experience in the high-tech industry with a strong focus on turnarounds, interim-management, divestitures and rapid expansion of new businesses with a strong emphasis on the healthcare industry (GM Healthcare Business at NXP Semiconductors, General Manager of the Emerging Products Group at Philips Semiconductors, President KeyXperience, President & General Manager at Voice Control Systems, CEO of smartconnect.com and Vice-President and GM at Lernout & Hauspie speech recognition).
Frank was hired as the “interim”-CEO of dpiX in 2007 in Silicon Valley and, together with all dpiX colleagues and shareholders, built a new Colorado Springs clean-room production facility (a $150M investment). “Our ambition is to further strengthen our number one position in the market and deliver best-in-class products,” he states. After half a year in office, he was appointed CEO and Member of the Board. He is actively involved in community work: most recently in Colorado as the Vice-Chairman of University Colorado Health – MHS (hospital of the US Olympic training center), board member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, past Chairman of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA), and as a past board member of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.
He loves to spend time with his wife, Selma, and daughters Lisa (graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 and currently a master’s student abroad) and Anne (an architecture student in California). They like to travel the world together, hike (Colorado boasts many peaks over 14,000 feet and they plan to conquer them all before 2025), kayak, fly, off-road, golf, and enjoy their three dogs Belle, Cooper, and Zoe. The main lessons learned in life: 1) “temporary” and “interim” are very much the same words that one needs to avoid, and 2) working in the healthcare business adds an extra motivation: changing lives and health really matters! His biggest weakness: “I still don’t know how to sail a real boat.”