Director Kooijman leaves AutoTrack.nl
14 Oct 2016
Henk Kooijman, appointed as director of Dutch auto site AutoTrack in the summer of last year, is leaving the company, Dutch media reported. Kooijman headed both AutoTrack and auto-maintenance information site Carsom.nl (we reported his appointment here).
Sander van den Hout, director of owner company De Persgroep Online Services, told Dutch news outlet that Kooijman’s departure “is unfortunate, but we could not agree on certain details, and therefore, it was better to part ways. We decided not to extend a one-year contract”.
AutoTrack has already posted a job vacancy, titled director of automotive online services, on LinkedIn. Frederique van de Poll (LinkedIn profile here) will take over the role in the interim. Van de Poll headed AutoTrack previously, and is currently the head of technology site Tweakers, also owned by De Persgroep Online Services.
Kooijman’s departure might have to do with reshuffling amid intensifying competition and consolidation in the ranks of Dutch auto sites. The leading site AutoScout24.nl recently acquired the No. 3 vertical AutoTrader.nl from Sanoma Media (we reported here at the time).