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Apleona HSG Launches With Appointment of New CEO

04 May 2017

Apleona HSG Limited is today (2nd May) confirmed as the new name for Bilfinger Europa Facility Management, as the business announces the appointment of a new CEO to further strengthen its UK management board.

In late 2016, Bilfinger sold its Building & Facility division to EQT Partners.

As a result, 2200 UK colleagues now operate under the Apleona HSG brand, serving a customer portfolio including corporates, banks, retail & leisure destinations, insurance companies and public sector organisations.

From July 1st 2017, James Thoden van Velzen joins Apleona HSG as CEO with responsibility for day-to-day operations within the UK.

As CEO of SPIE UK, James was responsible for overseeing major projects including the Upper Thames Street Tunnel LED lighting system and energy management for TATE Galleries, as the business grew from c£200m to c£600m turnover in just seven years.

A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, James worked as Operations Director at Carillion, Facilities Director at Aspire Defence Services and Managing Director at Interserve FM, before joining SPIE in 2010.

James Thoden van Velzen, Chief Executive Officer, Apleona HSG Limited, said: “I am delighted to join Apleona HSG, a company with real ambitions to become a leading UK facilities and Workspace services organisation.

"Being part of the wider Apleona group operating across 30 countries worldwide offers us a unique opportunity to drive the company forwards and realise our ambitions to become a £500m plus UK business.“

James Thoden van Velzen joins the existing Apleona HSG Limited board of Pinder Singh Hujan, Executive Chairman; Dirk Van Breda, CFO & Commercial Director; Simon Harris, Chief Operating Officer FM and David Eastlake, Chief Operating Officer Workspace.

After a phased handover of responsibilities, Jeff Smith, Interim CEO, will revert to his prior role as CEO of the Apleona Ireland business.

Dr Jochen Keysberg, CEO Apleona GmbH, said: “Apleona recognises the importance of the UK market and this significant investment to further strengthen the board with the appointment of James Thoden van Velzen demonstrates our commitment and drive to successfully develop the business.”

Pinder Singh Hujan, Executive Chairman, Apleona HSG Limited, said: “On behalf of the company I would like offer my thanks and appreciation to Jeff Smith for his sterling work as the interim UK CEO for the past 12 months.

"We are delighted to welcome James Thoden van Velzen to further strengthen the UK board at what is an extremely exciting time for the business as we plan for significant future growth.“

Services delivered by Apleona Facilities Management and Apleona Workspace include car parking, catering, cleaning, technical services, grounds maintenance, waste, pest control, front of house, security, consultancy, interior fit-out, moves management and space strategy.

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