Evolution has appointed Richard de Graaf as new Country Manager in the Netherlands, to further service and grow increasing business opportunities in the country and across Europe.
In this newly created role, Richard 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.
Richard, who joins the business with a wealth of experience in business development and commercial management including almost 20 years in the security industry, says he is keen to build on Evolution’s strong presence in the Netherlands and across Europe: “Evolution has earned its reputation as one of the leading integrators, and I am looking forward to building on this success by continuing to service and support new and existing customers in the Netherlands and throughout Europe.”
In addition, with the ongoing skills shortage within the security industry, one of Richard’s immediate priorities is to focus on attracting and developing new talent to grow the team: “As a business, Evolution places great emphasis on its people, and we are, of course, looking to merge the group culture here in the Netherlands. We are looking to build our team with talented and ambitious individuals and are already planning to develop and deliver a highly focused and comprehensive training and development programme.”
“Richard has vast experience working in the security industry, and his knowledge of the region will prove invaluable”, says Richard Lambert, Managing Director of Evolution. “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 across Europe.”
Richard’s appointment follows Evolution’s purchase of a new office building in the Netherlands in January 2022. Situated around 15 miles from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the new office will provide a new account management, service and support base in the country and beyond for new and existing customers.