Ruud Esser (68) is stopping as CFO of Novamedia International and the Charity Lotteries in the Netherlands after 11 years. He will be succeeded on 1 May 2016 by Simone van Bijsterveldt, currently Managing Director Media and Director of Nieuw Amsterdam.

“Some time ago, Ruud Esser said that he wanted to bring his role as a director of Novamedia and the Charity Lotteries to an end in 2016 and semi-retire,” explains Boudewijn Poelmann, CEO of Novamedia. “Ruud has been involved in Novamedia since 1985 and has therefore played a principle role in the Charity Lotteries since the very beginning in 1989. We are delighted that Ruud is not stopping completely. In the time to come, he will be remaining (semi-)active as Business Director of the publishing company Uitgeefhuis Nieuw Amsterdam.”

The Supervisory board of Novamedia Holding and Holding Nationale Goede Doelen Loterijen have appointed Simone van Bijsterveldt as CFO of Novamedia and the Charity Lotteries, effective from 1 May. “We are proud of the fact that the organisation has succeeded again in finding someone from its own ranks for a place on the Board,” says Boudewijn Poelmann.

Simone van Bijsterveldt has now been working for the organisation for more than 10 years. For four of these years, as Finance Director, she has been responsible for the Finance department of the Dutch Charity Lotteries and Novamedia. “I’ve known Novamedia and the Charity Lotteries for a long time. Every day, I feel inspired by my colleagues and the mission of contributing to a better world,” says Simone van Bijsterveldt.

About Novamedia
Novamedia is a media and marketing company with a social mission. It firmly believes that the world benefits from strong social organisations. Novamedia wants to contribute to a better world through charity lotteries, media and publishing activities. It is the creator and owner of various brands and lottery formats, including the Postcode Lottery. Postcode lotteries have now also been set up in Sweden and Great Britain. Up to and including 2015, Novamedia’s lottery formats raised a total amount of more than €7 Billion that has been donated to thousands of charities and social initiatives worldwide.

In addition to this, Novamedia has a passion for the connecting and enriching power of reading and is active in book-selling and publishing. It owns the online bookshop ECI, the Scheltema bookstore in Amsterdam and the publishing company Uitgeefhuis Nieuw Amsterdam, which consists of the publishers Bas Lubberhuizen, Fontaine Uitgevers, Nieuw Amsterdam and Wereldbibliotheek.