Alexander Pil
1 March

Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi has been nominated by the Council of Ministers to become the new CEO and chairman of the executive board of TNO. After the appointment by Royal Decree, he’ll start in his new position on 1 June. He’s to succeed Paul de Krom, who stood at the TNO helm since 1 March 2015.

Currently, Tjin-A-Tsoi is the CEO and chairman of the board of directors at the Dutch national blood supply Sanquin. From 2014 to 2020, he was the director-general of Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Before that, he worked as the general director of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and as the director of competition supervision at the Dutch Competition Authority (NMA). His earlier work experience includes positions at Ernst & Young, Rabobank and Shell. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Amsterdam.

TNO Tjark Tjin A Tsoi
Credit: TNO

“From my positions at Sanquin, CBS and NFI, I know TNO as a powerhouse of knowledge and innovation in a broad spectrum of areas,” says Tjin-A-Tsoi. “At a time when research and innovation will have to play a leading role in solving the complex social issues we face, TNO plays a pivotal role that’s of great value to the Netherlands.”