Mr. Kees Koolen is the Founder and serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Koolen Industries. He is also a Co-Founding Partner and serves as Senior Advisor and Executive in Residence at EQT Ventures. Prior to starting EQT Ventures, Mr. Koolen spent a number of years building Booking.com into a successful global company. Mr. Koolen was an early investor in Booking.com and then joined the company as COO in 2001. This was a position he held for seven years, during which time it was acquired by Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN). He later became CEO of Booking.com and then its Chairman. Mr. Koolen holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Fontys Hogescholen in the Netherlands. He serves as Advisor at BrightBlu.