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Meet the NovoServe Management Team

NovoServe is led by a cross-national management team, with an experienced CEO from the Netherlands and a Board of Directors from Germany. Our leadership team has extensive engineering and high-level management experience while being passionate about building a solid IaaS hosting business and aiming for further regional and international growth.
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Herke Plantenga     Chief Executive Officer

As co-founder and CEO of NovoServe, Herke Plantenga brings a wealth of international experience to the company’s leadership roster. He previously co-founded and managed Virtu Secure Webservices B.V, a fast-growing Netherlands-based company that made it to the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 50 three times in a row. This successful data center services company was acquired by Equinix in 2008.

Later on, Herke Plantenga became Managing Director Germany for one of the world’s largest IaaS hosting providers, helping the company to significantly expand revenues in Germany from their Frankfurt office.

Engineering is in Mr. Plantenga’s veins. With a can-do attitude he’s dreaming of adding another data center to NovoServe’s facilities – this time a Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered data center with utmost efficiency. He holds a degree in Technical Business Administration from The University of Twente, the Netherlands.

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Rolf Brodbeck     Chairman of the Board

Rolf Brodbeck is co-founder and managing partner of private equity company BE Beteiligungen GmbH in Cologne, Germany. He serves as NovoServe’s Chairman of the Board, bringing top-level leadership qualities and experience to NovoServe’s team of executives. Mr. Brodbeck has been managing partner of BE Investment-Partners GmbH since 2009, while co-founding BE Beteiligungen GmbH in 2013.

Previously, Rolf Brodbeck held various C-level, private equity oriented management roles within a variety of companies including Thyssen Industrie AG (IT); Rheinisch- Westfälischer TÜV; the Equity Investments division of WestLB AG; WestLB Group; DIC Deutsche Industrie Consult GmbH; Investitionsbank Brandenburg in Potsdam; and IKB Private Equity GmbH. He studied Economics at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.

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Manuel Apholz     Member of the Board

Manuel Apholz has been working as an investment analyst at BE Investment-Partners since 2017. He serves as Member of the Board at NovoServe. In this role he helps steer the organization’s strategic direction, while evaluating NovoServe’s achievements as well as the company’s operational and financial performance.

In former jobs, Mr. Apholz worked in various roles for management consultancies and a venture capital fund - in the field of debt capital procurement and the preparation of business and financial plans. He studied Business Administration with a focus on Accounting & Finance at the University of Duisburg-Essen.