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Frank Harmsen, 49, has joined the PNA Group in Heerlen as director-shareholder. Until the move on 1 January he was a partner at EY Advisory, in recent years responsible for transformation and digitization projects in the Netherlands and internationally.

In his new role, Frank remains an Endowed Professor of Knowledge and Information Management at Maastricht University. He is to head PNA jointly with current CEO Maurice Nijssen, who is delighted to welcome his new colleague. ‘We complement one another. Frank’s background makes him a perfect fit at PNA. His broad practical grounding as an organizational consultant for leading businesses is of great value for us. With his experience at boardroom level, we can have even more impact.’

Drawing upon Frank’s long career at major consultancy agencies such as EY and Capgemini will enable PNA to continue to develop without losing its unique character. His arrival is set to strengthen the firm’s position in the academic and commercial network. ‘In terms of our existing clients,’ says Maurice, ‘that means they will be helped better throughout the process, safeguarding their knowledge from beginning to end. As well as a wealth of consultancy experience, Frank has a true hands-on mentality. Naturally, I also hope that the two of us will together attract new clients.’

Logical step

For Frank himself, the move from a big player like EY to PNA is only logical. ‘After almost 25 years working at larger firms, entrepreneurship appealed to me. A company of my own would have been an interesting challenge, but what could be better than joining forces with like-minded people? In terms of both its business and its culture, PNA really suits me. I want to use my experience to help it take yet another step forward.’

PNA’s head office is in Heerlen, a familiar environment for Frank. ‘I’ve always had a weakness for the south of the Netherlands,’ he says. ‘In my time at Capgemini, I set up and ran a branch in Heerlen. Not that PNA is confined to the south, of course – we operate nationally and internationally.’

Productive use of knowledge

In the past few years, PNA has secured a prominent position in the market for knowledge modelling, capture, and utilization, in a way that makes organizations flexible whilst remaining fully compliant with legislation and regulations.

‘With Frank on board,’ says Maurice, ‘PNA will be even better able to undertake complete renewal and transformation programmes for our clients, including their strategic and change-management aspects. Together, we can help PNA help the world use knowledge even more productively and sustainably.’