Dr. Fredrik Verkroost PhD, CEng, FIET, FIoD

Member of the Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel

Fredrik Verkroost  

Fredrik Verkroost is an experienced CEO and Turnaround Leader of Industrial and Technology companies worldwide, specializing in corporate strategy, company turnarounds, mergers & acquisitions, divestments, and incubating innovation.

Since 2000, Fredrik has supplied Executive Management Services to manage the turnaround, strategy and development of industrial and technology Companies, and secure their M&A or divestment needs. He recently completed a complex transformation of NEC’s Unified Communications business in Europe, and is presently undertaking a major assignment for NEC-CASIO Mobile Communications. In addition, Fredrik supports innovative technology companies with their governance, development and financing needs.

In his earlier corporate career, Fredrik held the following responsibilities:

  • Chief Commercial Officer and deputy CEO at ICO Global Communications Inc. (mobile satellite communications, an Inmarsat spinout);
  • Head of Corporate Development and on the Management Board of Landis & Gyr AG and subsequently the merged group Elektrowatt AG (building automation – now Siemens Building Technologies, power generation & distribution, energy management and payphones);
  • Director and Head of the European industrial controls and automation division of Square D Company, and led the merger with Groupe Schneider;
  • Country Sales & Marketing Manager for Test & Measurement Systems at Hewlett-Packard (Switzerland) – now Agilent;
  • Group Sales Manager at Databit / Siemens Text & Data Communications;
  • Sr. Development Engineer on Spectrum Analyzers and European Sales Engineer at Marconi Instruments.

He was a former long-standing participant on the European Council on Corporate Strategy, and a former member on the European Energy Board.

His management roles have covered a broad range of technology sectors, including Test & Measurement solutions; Mobile, Fixed-line and Satellite Communications; Energy Management; Industrial Controls & Automation; Building Automation; Electronic Health Records for healthcare reforms; non-toxic and non-PVC Food Packaging; Database Analytics Software; Kinegram bank note security; LED Lighting; Chip Card industry; Signal Processing Algorithms for the oil, automotive, water and voice recognition industries.     

Fredrik holds a PhD and B.Sc. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineer from the Victoria University of Manchester. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.