Marlies Van Wijhe

CEO Royal Van Wijhe Verf

 

Biography

Marlies van Wijhe (57) studied Business Administration at Groningen University. After her graduation she started to work at the Dutch chemical company DSM and after 5 years she joined the family Business “Royal van Wijhe Verf” in The Netherlands. Van Wijhe Verf is an international company and develops, produces and sells decorative paints and colorants. Important pillars are Innovation and Sustainability.The company is the largest independent/privately owned paintfactory of the Netherlands and with their Dutch brand Wijzonol the third largest brand next to Akzo and PPG. Her business motto is: “No modern sustainable future without a substantial dose of Innovation”.

Marlies is the 4th generation in the company and took over as CEO from her father in 2000. Next to being responsible for the Family Business she is the president of the Dutch Family Business association FBNed. She is very into nature and biodiversity: She is the Chair of the Future For Nature Foundation (futurefornature.org) which honours 3 young international nature conservationists every year with an Award.