Circular economy expert appointed to supervisory board of Desso


Global carpet and sports pitches company Desso has appointed Robert-Jan van Ogtrop to its supervisory board.

He is the founder of Circle Economy (in 2009) – a non-profit open platform that aims to accelerate the transition to the circular economy.


Previously, he was chief executive of Bols Royal Distilleries and Remy Cointreau.

Desso chief executive Alexander Collot d’Escury said: “He brings with him not only valuable international business experience but also a deep understanding and passion for the circular economy. His knowledge will strengthen our ability to lead our business in this direction, based on our innovation pillars of creativity, functionality and cradle to cradle.”

Robert-Jan van Ogtrop (pictured) added: “I am thrilled to be part of Desso’s leadership. I established Circle Economy because I was convinced we needed to make a major shift in world business towards the circular economy. Desso is committed to the same agenda and is redesigning the way it does things accordingly. I am delighted to be part of this important venture.”