Eelco Blok (Vlissingen, 1957) became Chief Executive Officer of KPN on April 6, 2011. Mr Blok has been a member of KPN’s Board of Management since April 2004, with the exception of the period January 2005 to June 2006, during which time he was appointed Chief Operating Officer Fixed and Corporate Strategy & Innovation Officer. As a Board Member, Eelco Blok has been responsible for the Fixed Division (until January 1, 2007), Business Market, Wholesale & Operations and Getronics (until February 1, 2010) and most recently for Mobile International and iBasis. Following the October 18, 2010 announcement of KPN’s intention to appoint him as CEO, Mr Blok has furthermore held the post of Chief Operating Officer.
Eelco Blok studied Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, from 1976 to 1979. He received a Masters in Management from the Graduate School of Management of the University of Technology Delft and the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1983. In the same year he joined the then-PTT, which subsequently became KPN, as a Business Analyst. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Management, Mr Blok held various management positions within the company.
Eelco Blok holds a seat on the Board of ICT Office and jointly chairs the National Cybercrime Council. In his spare time Mr Blok is a keen sailor.
Eelco Blok lives together with his partner Annemarie Weverling. Together they have three children.
Thorsten Dirks was appointed to the Board of Management of KPN on November 7, 2011. Mr Dirks’ responsibilities on the Board of Management cover KPN’s mobile activities outside The Netherlands. Thorsten Dirks joined E-Plus, KPN’s German mobile network operator, in 1996. He has been Chairman of the Board of Management of E-Plus since 2007.
Thorsten Dirks graduated from the University of Hamburg in Electro- and Communications Technology. His career began with management functions at Orbitel Mobile Communication (Vodafone/Ericsson) and Vebacom. Thorsten Dirks has held various management positions at E-Plus, related to networks and IT as well as commercial management, including responsibility for the implementation of E-Plus’ multi-brand strategy. In 2001 he was appointed as a member of the Board of Management of E-Plus, becoming its Chairman as of January 2007. In May 2011 he was made CEO of KPN Mobile International.
Thorsten Dirks has the German nationality, is married and has a son.
Eric Hageman was appointed to the Board of Management of KPN on September 11, in the position of CFO. Eric Hageman (1970) joined KPN in 2005. He has held various management positions and made a key contribution to developing the 2011-2015 Strategy. Since January 2012, Mr. Hageman has been acting as full-time interim CFO. Formerly Hageman was CEO at KPN Group Belgium. He describes himself as a hard worker with an eye for detail and as someone who is result-oriented. “I want to make the most of every situation and have the will to win.”
Hageman studied business economics at the University of Maastricht and business administration at the London Business School. He started his working career in the English capital, where he took on various management positions with ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank.
In 2005 he joined KPN, starting as head of Investor Relations. Additionally, he became head of the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 2007. In 2008 he was appointed CFO of the Mobile International division, a position he held until the middle of 2011. As project manager, Hageman also made a key contribution to developing the 2011-2015 Strategy. “Our strategy is clear. We now have to focus on implementing the plans and creating value for our stakeholders.”
Hageman enjoys golf, skiing and soccer, and loves good food and fine wine. Traveling with his 'four girls' – his Spanish wife and three daughters – is another of his pleasures.
Joost Farwerck was appointed to KPN’s Board of Management on April 10, 2013. Mr. Farwerck has responsibility for all of KPN’s activities in The Netherlands since his appointment as Managing Director The Netherlands in February 2012. “Changing and improving” are important driving forces for Mr. Farwerck.
Mr. Farwerck studied law at the University of Amsterdam and followed a variety of studies thereafter including a study at the International Institute for Management Development. He joined KPN (PTT Telecom) in 1994 as legal counsel. Mr. Farwerck has held various senior management positions across a number of segments; Wholesale, Network Operations Netherlands and Consumer Residential.
Joost Farwerck is a member of the Executive Committee of VNO NCW, board member Nederland ICT and is board member of iBasis, a KPN Group Company. He has the Dutch nationality, is married and is father of three children.