After my studies I have held various marketing positions at both agencies and advertisers in the Netherlands and the United States. Based on the discontent concerning the marketing executions within those companies I decided to start an agency specializing in this matter in 2003. This agency became the foundation of Sumis, which, after the take-over by Kobalt, has developed into market leader in the Benelux. My strength is connecting both people and companies.
I have over 20 years of experience in retail, working for companies such as HEMA and Maxeda (previously Vendex KBB). During these years I have specialized in process improvement and buying of Marketing and Advertising. I have managed big projects and realized serious savings. My passion is to always be the best.
After completing my study marketing and business economics I have held several positions in marketing and sales in the printing and publishing business. In my career I have always focused on optimizing the process of collaboration between suppliers and customers and creating a win-win situation. At Sumis my position as CCO has a strong focus on marketing and sales. Besides this, I'm a member of various forums.
Maarten van der Velden - Business Development Director
Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude.
About Maarten van der Velden
After graduating from the Frederic Muller Akademie I worked for several different publishers like Reed Elsevier and NRC Media. As Sales Director at NRC Media I was responsible for the ad sales of NRC Handelsblad, nrc.next and nrc.nl. Before that I independently published the magazine Peugeot Expo Magazine. In my free time I coordinate the youth football at the local football club. I enjoy connecting people.