Going commercial after all
As a child I was very sporty and competitive. I was good at various sports and played for Maastricht's first team when I was 14. I was always going to choose the sports academy. But when I became a PE teacher, I realised I wanted to be assessed on my performance on a personal level. I realised this preference was most suited to a commercial setting. In order to move to the commercial world, I studied education theory in Utrecht. In 1993, when I reached the final phase of my course, I had four options, one of which was Perfetti Van Melle. The company seemed to have a good atmosphere and I thought: 'I'll fit in there'.