How it started
ZBG was founded by Frank Zweegers in 1982 in order to invest in companies that help shape a better future. Not bound by conventions, Frank chose to invest in people rather than in business plans.
In more recent times, the portfolio has coalesced around three business areas: real estate development & investment, agriculture and technology. With these ZBG aims to have a lasting positive effect on the future of this earth and the people on it.
Frank is the founder of ZBG Group of Companies. He was born in the south of the Netherlands to a family of entrepreneurs with a strong track-record in the farming industry. His grandfather, Piet Zweegers Sr, founded his own company “PZ” in 1937, manufacturing a range of threshers and mills – advanced equipment for those times. Following this tradition, Piet’s four sons continued the family’s innovative track-record by inventing the cyclomower in 1964, an agricultural grass mower which is still in use today. An interest in agriculture and the urge to make a positive contribution to the production of value from the ground is truly in Frank’s blood.Read more
Board of Directors
Alexander has been part of the management team of ZBG since 2013 and is responsible for its private equity investment strategy. Before joining ZBG, Alexander held sales, strategy and marketing positions in various industries including fashion, retail, technology and media. His broad background has provided him with a good understanding of the business dynamics of different sectors and informs his investing process. Alexander has significant experience in initiating and executing on- and off-market transactions including due diligence, debt and equity funding, legal frameworks, tax structures as well as governance and joint ventures with both private and listed companies. In addition to ZBG, Alexander holds a number of board positions for ZBG portfolio companies. Alexander holds an MBA in Finance from Nyenrode University, Master in Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, Illinois and studied business at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
After 10 years of work experience in a private equity company focused on real estate investments, Henk Brouwer joined Breevast in 1993 as CFO. After the stock exchange delisting of Breevast in 2000, he became CEO of Breevast. Henk is a very experienced senior executive professional with over 35 years experience in real estate investments and developments. He gained in-depth knowledge and networks in European and U.S. private and institutional real estate and finance markets. Being experienced with both listed and private companies, Henk is used to create and implement haute investment and finance structures on and off market. He holds a postgraduate Master of Real Estate (MRE) degree of the University of Amsterdam. Henk is a member of AFIRE and INREV, the Royal Industrieele Groote Club in Amsterdam, as well as of the Alumni Association of the Masters of Real Estate of the Amsterdam School of Real Estate.
Joost van Heyningen Nanninga
Member of the Supervisory Board
Joost van Heyningen Nanninga has been on the ZBG board since 2009. He is a partner in Egon Zehnder International and additionally holds several other supervisory board and advisory committee positions. Joost van Heyningen Nanninga was educated at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Erik van de Merwe
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Erik van de Merwe has been on the ZBG board since October 2017. Erik van de Merwe has previously served on the Supervisory Boards of Rabobank and Achmea. He currently holds several other supervisory board and advisory committee positions. Erik van de Merwe was educated at the University of Tilburg.
Member of the Supervisory Board
Sipko Schat has been on the ZBG board since 2018. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of Rabobank Nederland and currently holds several other supervisory board and advisory committee positions. Sipko Schat received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Groningen.