Member of the Investment Committee
Nieuwenhuizen is an experienced executive, with a background of over 25 years in international finance and operations. He has significant expertise in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, audit, tax, personnel and administration. Nieuwenhuizen has started several successful European operations for US software and technology companies over the last 25 years. His detailed knowledge of IFRS and UK and US GAAP accounting methods serves him uniquely in the global marketplace in which he works.
Nieuwenhuizen started Highgate Associates BV, in 2008, focused on the European marketplace. Highgate’s new office in the Netherlands supplements existing offices in London and Washington. He has been actively involved in restructurings for technology and service companies private markets. He has been involved in setting up and operating new distribution channels throughout Europe, the Mid-East and Asia.
Since 1993, Nieuwenhuizen has been engaged by companies to actively build their businesses in Europe. Nieuwenhuizen was engaged as Finance Director - EMEA at NexTone Communications, a telecom software firm in the VoIP marketplace, in 2005. He was instrumental in helping build the company international activities from its infancy to over $40m in sales. He created an international organization and was a board member of the companies European subsidiaries. NexTone was merged into Reef Point systems and then sold to GenBand in late 2008.
From 1999 until 2005, Nieuwenhuizen was Finance Director - EMEA at webMethods, a Washington DC based technology company that went public on the NASDAQ in 2000. In this role, he helped build the company international operations from 1 person to over 140 in the first 2 years. He was responsible for all Finance, Administration, IT, Legal and Human Resources functions.
Prior to that Nieuwenhuizen was Financial Director of Descartes Systems Group, which acquired ROADSHOW International in 1996, where he was Financial Director of International Operations. Nieuwenhuizen was responsible for setting up the international operations in some 15 countries and ran all the finance, accounting and administrative functions for the subsidiaries from 1993. In additional, several operating groups of the company reported to him.
From 1986 until 1993, he was Financial Controller in Benelux for Tandon Computers. There Nieuwenhuizen was in charge of all financial accounting and administration activities. His work in the restructuring of Tandon has given him a unique view point of taking companies through recovery and reorganisation.
Nieuwenhuizen’s strong history in starting and growing technology companies, and structuring corporate merger and acquisition transactions, allows him to bring strategic focus to his detailed abilities to run the day to day operations of any venture.