C&A parent company appoints new CEO

Cofra Holding, the parent company of fashion retailer C&A, has promoted Boudewijn Beerkens to the role of CEO, effective from 1 March.

Boudewijn Beerkens - Photo: Cofra Holding

In his new role, Beerkens will be responsible for the further growth and diversification of the company, whose portfolio also includes retail real estate investment management company Redevco.

Beerkens, who belongs to the extended Brenninkmeijer family, the owners of Cofra Holding, joined the company in August 2016 as chief strategy and operations officer. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer at the Netherlands’ SHV Holdings, a 123-year old multinational that is active in industrial services and oil and gas production, among other operations.

Before joining SHV Holdings, Beerkens was the CFO of Dutch publisher Wolters Kluwer for eleven years. At that time, the publisher made several acquisitions and reduced business costs, reports Het Financieele Dagblad.

Beerkens will succeed current CEO Martijn Brenninkmeijer, who will continue to serve the company in the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Brenninkmeijer family has owned C&A since its founding in 1841 and is currently led by the sixth generation. Today, Cofra Holding employs about 60,000 people and is active in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Cofra Holding’s C&A operates more than 1,575 stores in 18 European countries. The retailer is also present in Brazil, Mexico and China. 

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