Evolution, the integrated fire and security systems business, has appointed Richard de Graaf as its new country manager in the Netherlands to further service and grow increasing business opportunities in that nation and, indeed, across Europe.
In this newly created role, de Graaf will be responsible for leading Evolution’s sales and growth strategy in the region with a particular focus on the Data Centre sector, as well as building and developing relationships with local service providers and suppliers.
Joining Evolution with a wealth of experience in business development and commercial management including almost 20 years in the security industry, de Graaf is keen to build on the company’s strong presence in the Netherlands and across Europe.
In conversation with Security Matters, de Graaf stated: “Evolution has earned its reputation as one of the leading integrators, and I’m very much looking forward to building on this success by continuing to service and support new and existing customers in the Netherlands and throughout Europe.”
Given the ongoing skills shortage within the security industry, one of de Graaf’s immediate priorities is to focus on attracting and developing new talent that will help to grow the team.
“As a business,” continued de Graaf, “Evolution places great emphasis on its people. We are, of course, looking to merge the group culture here in the Netherlands. We want to build our team by adding talented and ambitious individuals. With this in mind, we’re already planning to develop and deliver a highly focused and comprehensive training and development programme.”
Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, stated: “Richard has vast experience of working in the security industry, while his knowledge of the region will prove invaluable for us. I’m pleased to welcome Richard to the team and look forward to working closely with him to continue the success and growth of the business right across Europe.”
De Graaf’s appointment follows on from Evolution’s purchase of a new office building in the Netherlands back in January. Situated around 15 miles from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the location delivers a new account management, service and support base in the country and beyond for both new and existing customers.