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René Takens, CEO of Accell Group, steps down

Published February 9, 2017

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) – Accell Group N.V. said longtime chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors, René Takens, will step down April 25 at the general meeting of shareholders. The decision was taken by “mutual consent,” according to a press release issued by the company.


Accell Group N.V. is the parent company of Raleigh, Diamondback, Haibike and other bike brands.

“Now that the outline of our refined strategy is becoming more and more clear, this has created a natural moment for me to hand over the reins to this wonderful company,” said Takens, 62. ”I believe it would be good for this strategy to be implemented under new leadership. It has been my privilege to lead Accell Group for 18 years and I believe this is a good moment to end this period. Although I will remain involved in the company for the time being, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues for the successful cooperation over the years.”

Accell’s supervisory board has begun the search for his successor. Hielke Sybesma, Accell’s CFO, and the other members of the board will lead the implementation of the strategy until the new CEO is appointed.

Takens will remain involved in the board until the shareholders meeting and will act as an advisor to the company after that date to facilitate a smooth transition.

“We are grateful to René for his commitment and dedication to Accell Group over many years,” said Ab Pasman, chairman of the supervisory board. “Under René’s leadership, Accell Group has grown into a leading multinational with 3,000 employees and turnover of a billion euros. Our company is ready for the next stage in its development.”


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