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New Chairman of Dutch Industry Organization RAI

Industry- & Retail Organizations

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Jaap Merkus, GM of Gazelle has been elected chairman of the board of the bicycle department of the Dutch industry organisation RAI at a general assembly of members at the end of March.

New Chairman of Dutch Industry Organization RAI
Jaap Merkus, GM of Gazelle is the new chairman of the board of the bicycle department of the Dutch industry organisation RAI. – Photo RAI

In his new position he succeeds long-time chairman René Takens, CEO of Accell Group who has been representing the industry for eleven years.

Stronger advocacy

“The main job of the bicycle department of the RAI is cycling advocacy and representing the interest of the manufacturers and importers of bicycles, bicycle parts and accessories,” said Merkus after his election. “As new chairman I want to improve the bicycle’s position in the Netherlands as well as on a European level.”

Takens’ farewell as chairman doesn’t mean that Accell Group is no longer represented in the board of the bicycle department of the industry organisation RAI. At the same general assembly Pieter Jan Rijpstra, commercial director of Koga, has been elected as board member.

Accell Nederland commercial director Wouter Jager maintains his position in the board of the bicycle department of the RAI.

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