Director Kooijman leaves AutoTrack.nl

14 Oct 2016

Henk Kooijman, appointed as director of Dutch auto site AutoTrack in the summer of last year, is leaving the company, Dutch media reported. Kooijman headed both AutoTrack and auto-maintenance information site Carsom.nl (we reported his appointment here).

Sander van den Hout, director of owner company De Persgroep Online Services, told Dutch news outlet that Kooijman’s departure “is unfortunate, but we could not agree on certain details, and therefore, it was better to part ways. We decided not to extend a one-year contract”.

AutoTrack has already posted a job vacancy, titled director of automotive online services, on LinkedIn. Frederique van de Poll  (LinkedIn profile here) will take over the role in the interim. Van de Poll headed AutoTrack previously, and is currently the head of technology site Tweakers, also owned by De Persgroep Online Services.

Kooijman’s departure might have to do with reshuffling amid intensifying competition and consolidation in the ranks of Dutch auto sites. The leading site AutoScout24.nl recently acquired the No. 3 vertical AutoTrader.nl from Sanoma Media (we reported here at the time).

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Anastasia Gnezditskaia

Anastasia Gnezditskaia has joined AIM Group in 2014 as a writer/analyst covering France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. A Russian living in Antwerp, Belgium, she has a background working for trade publications covering markets and their regulation. She is educated at Moscow State Lomonosov University (MA in psychology) and Central European University (PhD in public policy). After obtaining her doctoral degree, she taught international political economy at George Washington University in Washington DC where she lived for 10 years. Following this she managed international development projects in Africa at the World Bank, and worked as a journalist covering Congress, federal government agencies and commodity markets, particularly shale gas development in North America.