Lauren van der Heijdenhis is to take up the position of CEO of Netherlands-based HRTech company The Works on Feb. 1. He is currently chief commercial officer at Belgium-based DPG Media Group.

Lauren van der Heijden

Established two decades ago, The Works runs job boards,,, and The company also operates in Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, the U.K., Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. It recently expanded its permanent recruitment services.

Van der Heijden has been working with DPG Media Nederland for eight years. He has a degree in marketing and sales from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

“I would like to thank Lauren for his contribution to professionalizing and strengthening our sales organization at DPG Media. Not an easy job because in recent years our company has been constantly on the move in both Belgium and the Netherlands. He leaves behind a strong advertising directorate, so I understand that he is ready for a new challenge. I wish him every success with this step,” DPG Media CEO Erik Roddenhof said in a LinkedIn post.

Van der Heijden commented: “I look back with great pleasure on the past eight years at this fantastic company. Highlights for me were the integration of the sales organizations of Wegener, Sanoma and recently RTL Belgium and of course the collaboration with so many nice and smart colleagues. Someone once advised me to leave at your peak. Of course, you never know if this is that moment, but it feels like it.”

DPG Media made several senior appointments in October.

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