Harry was born in Groningen, which is situated in the Northern part of The Netherlands. He completed his two year military service and finished a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources in 1989 followed by a Master in Sociology from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 1993. Harry is the HR Vice President for GE Oil & Gas. He has the Human Resource responsibility for approximately 43,000 employees located in over 70 countries with major locations in UK, Italy, Scotland and the United States. He was appointed to his present position in October 2008. He previously was the SHRM for the International team, which organization is responsible for GE’s growth plans outside the US, with focus on talent acquisition, developing & localizing global talent and support of the National Executive Team. Prior to this role he held various positions in GE such as Manager Executive Development at GE’s Headquarters in Fairfield and HRM roles in P&L’s at GE Plastics. Prior to Harry’s 17 years at GE he was HR Manager with a major international construction company. During that period he was the HRM for Hong Kong’s Airport Chek Lap Kok while it was under construction. Harry also worked on projects in Singapore, Nigeria, India, Europe and Middle East. Harry is married to Isabel and together they lived all over the world. They like to go biking, sailing or skiing with their two children Tess 16 and Ryan 13.