About Us

OUR HISTORY

Apollo Executive Search was established in 2016 by former strategy consultants and entrepreneurs Peter Zeeuw van der Laan and Maarten van der Kwaak.

The company started out by connecting some of the most successful private equity funds and fastest-growing scaleups in the Netherlands to top-tier candidates exiting strategy consulting through a members-only platform ConsultancyExit.com.

In the years that followed, Apollo has expanded its services and established itself as one of the foremost executive search partners for investors and founders of mid-size growth companies in the Dutch market who are seeking to attract local or global C-level talent.

We have built an especially strong track record through lasting partnerships with many well-known investors both in the Private Equity and Venture Capital space. To date, we have partnered with 100+ clients and have successfully completed 200+ searches.

CAREERS

We are always looking for prospective colleagues with a background in business or consultancy and a strong interest in a diverse set of industries.

Our own backgrounds are wide-ranging from a former CFO of a SaaS scaleup to a Harvard-educated PhD to former consultants, and we very much welcome additional diversity.

If you are an experienced professional with a strong interest in business and people you can get in touch by emailing peter@apolloexecutivesearch.com.

Our Consultants

Peter Zeeuw van der Laan

Managing Partner

Peter works with entrepreneurs and investors across industries and functions, specialising in private equity (portfolio companies), technology scale-ups and strategy positions.

Peter is Managing Partner and co-founder of Apollo and has worked in executive search since 2016. Prior to Apollo, Peter worked as a consultant at McKinsey (between ’10 and ’15) and as Managing Director / co-founder of Carmudi Indonesia with Rocket Internet. 

Peter graduated cum laude from TU Delft with an MSc in Applied Physics after exchanges to Zurich, China, Singapore and Barcelona. 

Peter enjoys sailing and cycling through the French countryside with his girlfriend Lisette.

Contact:

peter@apolloexecutivesearch.com +31683620129

Maarten van der Kwaak

Managing Partner

Maarten works with entrepreneurs and investors across industries on C-level executive searches and succession plans. Maarten works closely with especially Private Equity on their portfolio operations.

Before co-founding Apollo, Maarten built a number of successful recruitment businesses including Legal Top Talent that he founded as a student, The Legal Bench, ConsultancyExit and MatcHR, which serves leading tech companies worldwide. He began his career as a strategy consultant at Roland Berger in Amsterdam.

Maarten has MSc degrees in both Law and Economics (with distinction) from the University of Groningen and an MBA from INSEAD (Dean’s list).
Maarten as a former skiing instructor is a skiing enthusiast and has been holding a season ticket at Ajax with his father for years now.
Contact: maarten@apolloexecutivesearch.com +31630569794

Nadine Collet

Partner

Nadine works with CEOs, founders/ entrepreneurs and investors across a broad variety of industries. Her specialism (and passion) is building successful management teams in complex settings such as the next phase of growth in start-ups/ scale-ups, or family-owned companies in need of transformation (often triggered by a change of ownership).

Prior to joining Apollo, Nadine was CFO at SecurityMatters, a VC-backed cyber security software scale-up, where she helped, next to her finance function, significantly to form the management team, build the advisory board and lead the strategy development. She started her career as a strategy consultant at L.E.K. Consulting in London and Shanghai.

Nadine holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Heidelberg, in Germany and has an MSc in International Management from ESCP-EAP Business School in Paris, France.

Together with her husband and children, Nadine loves the outdoors and can be found all-year round running (with and after her children), playing Tennis, skiing and biking.

Contact: nadine@apolloexecutivesearch.com +31621487503

Uroš Zver

Partner

Uros works with entrepreneurs and investors across industries on C-level executive search and succession for growth companies ranging from mid-sized family businesses to tech scaleups.

Prior to joining Apollo, Uros worked in diplomacy and international affairs including as EU Representative at the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Public Diplomacy Coordinator at NATO, and Deputy Director-General of International Center for Public Enterprises in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Uros holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute.

Uros enjoys long walks in the woods with his wife Vanashree and two sons Mitra and Dara.

Contact: uros@apolloexecutivesearch.com +31636591991

Mayke van Gelder

Executive Search Consultant

Mayke works with entrepreneurs and investors across industries on executive search and executive assessments including for a range of senior strategy roles.

Mayke joined Apollo from Eden McCallum, a leading freelance strategy consulting firm where she was a Manager shaping and delivering successful consultant teams in strategy, operations and organisation for clients including 40% of the AEX. Earlier, Mayke had been Programme Manager at the Dutch Research Council focused on investments in groundbreaking innovative research.

Mayke obtained an MSc in Developmental Psychology from the University of Amsterdam.

Outside of work, Mayke loves to spend time with family and friends combined with good food and wine.

Contact:

mayke@apolloexecutivesearch.com +31647408823

Berend Raadschilders

Executive Search Consultant

Berend works with entrepreneurs and investors across industries on executive search and executive assessments including for a range of senior strategy, commercial and operational roles in tech-driven companies.

Berend joined Apollo from INNOPAY where he helped FinTechs in their growth by building sustainable income streams and specialised in growth, go-to- market and product roadmap strategies and operating model design. He started his career as a strategy consultant at Eden McCallum, working on projects for a number of corporates and scale-up across Financial Services, Technology, Telecommunication and Utilities.

Berend holds a BSc in International Economics and Business Economics and an MSc degree in Entrepreneurship and Strategy Economics from Erasmus University and has completed the Oxford University Fintech Programme.

Alongside training for triathlons and frequent trips to Africa to visit family, Berend also advises a number of start-ups on growth and market entry related topics and supports a digital pension proposition focused on emerging economies.

Contact:

berend@apolloexecutivesearch.com +31629154835

FUNCTIONAL

Leadership positions

Investment roles

Strategic positions

OUR TYPICAL CLIENTS

The Company we keep

We have successfully partnered for CEO, COO, CFO, CCO, CMO, CTO and strategy positions at