Olivier Binkhorst was born in Rotterdam in 1976. He obtained his BSc Logistics & Transportation and started his career with Plimsoll in Rotterdam in 1997, while still in university. In order to gain first-hand experience in the industry, Olivier joined Geest North Sea Line (currently Samskip) in late 2003, where he gained valuable operations experience in the European shipping and transportation industry.
By late 2005 he decided to pursue an international career and moved to Asia to accept a position as a Consultant with Stanton Chase, a global executive search firm, initially in Hong Kong and later in Shanghai. At Stanton Chase Olivier was a member of the Logistics & Transportation practice group and acted as the sole representative of this practice group on the Chinese mainland after his transfer to Shanghai. In his capacity as Search Director Olivier placed senior executives in the logistics and maritime industry throughout Asia-Pacific, including China, Hong Kong, Japan and India.
In 2008 Olivier re-joined Plimsoll as Director China. He set up the Plimsoll office in Shanghai and acts as the main contact for Plimsoll in Asia. Since 2015 Olivier divides his time between Europe and Asia, operating both from the Rotterdam head office and from the Shanghai office.
Over the years Olivier followed many courses and trainings in IT and Executive Recruitment. He developed his own circle of clients and contacts, which he maintains to this very day.
Finance & Administration
Ad was born in Vlissingen, in the maritime province of Zeeland. After completing his studies, he spent most of his career in the Education industry. For many years he was active as an Economics teacher, Dean and Deputy Director of several colleges and other educational institutes. Later on he obtained a role as the Head of HR in a wholesaler / distributor of metal tools. From the late 1990s onwards he has been engaged in freelance consulting activities in both finance and education. He joined Plimsoll in 1999, and has been our financial and administrative backbone ever since.
Founder and Managing Director
D.H. (Dick) Binkhorst BSc M.Mar.(FG) started his career as a merchant navy officer and stepped ashore as a marine surveyor. From 1976 onward he subsequently held senior management positions as a VP and managing director in several groups of companies in trading, port services, forwarding & logistics. In 1984 he founded Plimsoll Management Consultancy and since then executed a vast number of assignments in the international port, shipping, logistics & forwarding and transport industry in C-level executive search, feasibility studies, M&A and turn-around management.
Dick was a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Institute of Logistics (NY). He has been a Member, VP and President of the Executive Board of Experts for Experts International for many years and is currently the Non-executive Chairman.
Ad van Eden
Director Business Development
Ad was born in Dordrecht and after completing his studies, started his career in the Transport & Logistics industry as a Management Trainee. Throughout the early years he quickly moved his way up to senior Management positions and eventually served for many years as a member of the Board in several International companies. As a Senior Vice President, Ad has been stationed in New York and London as a result of which he gained ample (International) Business knowledge and experience. Ad started his own company in 2005 in his endeavour to share professional knowledge and experience and help young potentials to succeed their professional objectives.