EVP & President, Upload and Print Business Units
Kees Arends oversees the strategic direction and overall performance of Cimpress’ upload and print business units including Druck.at, Easyflyer, Exagroup, Pixartprinting, Printdeal, Tradeprint and WIRmachenDRUCK. He works closely with the managing directors of these businesses, supporting them in their continuous growth efforts.
A proven entrepreneur with deep sales and marketing experience, Kees has founded and built five different companies in the last 25 years. In 1994 he founded Vancom Netherlands, the first privately owned Dutch operator in public transportation which he grew to be a €220 million business before selling it to Arriva Plc.
More recently, Kees was a shareholder and CEO of Albumprinter BV (Albelli) which he sold to Cimpress in 2011. He established a presence for the company in all major European markets and played a key role in orchestrating its sale to Cimpress. Finding the potential of the mass customization market and the entrepreneurial spirit of Cimpress compelling, Kees returned to the company in 2015.
Kees studied at Nijenrode Business School in Breukelen, The Netherlands.