Young Captain Award

Picks out the leaders of tomorrow

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The new generation of leaders is limbering up. At the top of large companies there are men and women who will soon be the new face of enterprising Holland. People who represent a promise. Who stand out from the rest through their daring, decisiveness and originality. Who think on an international scale. And who see leadership as a social, personal and economic responsibility.

The Annual Young Captain Award makes these leaders visible. The Award offers them a stage and gives an extra boost to their ambition and talent, with a challenging and unique year-long programme. Is the next Young Captain Award waiting for you? Or for one of your employees? Meet some of the previous finalists and winners. See if you or your candidate has the right profile and read what the Young Captain Foundation has in store for the winner. Candidates can be nominated directly online.

Young Captain Award & Young Captains Program 2017

Maarten Meijs, winner of the 2016 Young Captain Award

Maarten Meijs, winner of the 2016 Young Captain Award

2016 Young Captain Award

Maarten Meijs

Maarten Meijs

Managing Director Talpa Global, Talpa Media

Francine van Dierendonck

Francine van Dierendonck

CEO Xenos, Blokker Holding

Marie-Pauline Lauret

Marie-Pauline Lauret

Corporate Director Internal Audit, AkzoNobel

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2016 young captain award - finalists

Winnaar opent de handel op de Amsterdamse beurs van Euronext

Winner opens trading on the Amsterdam stock exchange of Euronext

The winner of the 2016 Young Captain Award opens trading on the Amsterdam stock exchange of Euronext. Maarten Meijs was name Young Captain of the Year - he is the Managing Director of Talpa Global, a part of Talpa Media and, in the opinion of the professional jury, thoroughly deserved the title.

Talpa-directeur Meijs wint Young Captain Award

Talpa MD Meijs wins Young Captain Award

De Telegraaf - 22 november 2016
Maarten Meijs is the winner of the Young Captain Award 2016. In the final round, the 35-year-old Managing Director of Talpa Global won the prestigious prize, defeating his rivals Marie-Pauline Lauret, internal audit manager of AkzoNobel, and Francine van Dierendonck, CEO of Xenos.

Berndt Kodden

Berndt Kodden

Berndt Kodden, Young Captain 2014, shares his vision of leadership and his management philosophy in an interview with top-of-minds Executive Search. Shortly after his election at the end of 2014, Berndt - after years working for Friesland Campina in Asia - became Managing Director of Branded Netherlands, known among others for the brands Mona, Campina, Chocomel, Fristi, Dubbelfrisss and Coolbest. As Berndt says, "Real leaders make themselves vulnerable. Only then will you have mutual trust."

iedereen wil deel van een success uitmaken

A mistake or two is OK

De Telegraaf - 12 november 2016
"There are interesting times ahead for the present generation of leaders. They will have to take apart the system we have put together and reconstruct it," says Laurentien van Oranje.

These were the words of Princess Laurentien in an interview with DFT and in the run-up to the publication of the Young Captain 2016, on 21 November next. That's when she will announce the winner and award the prize.

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Disparate qualities

De Telegraaf - Stan Huygens' column - 12 October 0216
If the Young Captain Award competition was in a TV format, then Maarten Meijs (MD of production company Talpa Global) knew exactly what he would change in it.

Young Captains Program groepsfoto

Something new: Young Captains Programme in Lauswolt for the first time!

More than 30 young captains 2 days together for a peek into the dynamics of the boardroom. Substantive contributions from Spencer Stuart, All&Overy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, BCG, ING, KPMG under the direction of Nyenrode Business University and an impressive conversation with Gerard van de Aast, the latest Chairman of the Board of Directors of Imtech. A great programme!

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Fancy Fiddlers & Young Captain Award

Fancy Fiddlers & Young Captain Award

Fancy Fiddlers & Young Captain Award: young talent embraces even younger talent during the 2016 Awards Ceremony.
Now, whether we are talking about the future leaders of Dutch companies or the next generation of Dutch violinists, both are about striking, ambitious young talent.
Standing out from the others in what you do, full of passion, driven and full of ambition to work towards the top in the worlds of violin music and business. Talent embraces talent with the performance of the Fancy Fiddlers during the 2016 Young Captain Award ceremony in the Ballroom of Paleis 't Loo during the forthcoming festive dinner on 21 November -


Allen & Overy
Boston Consulting Group
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Nyenrode Business Universiteit
Spencer Stuart
De Telegraaf