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8 March 2021, last update 28 April 2021

Low-code and No-code providers Mansystems, FlowFabric and BlockBrains appoint Angelique Schouten as new CEO

Company is advancing global expansion in order to meet demand for digital and automation solutions and services 

Amersfoort, March 8, 2021 – the supervisory board of directors of low-code and no-code solutions and services providers Mansystems, FlowFabric and BlockBrains has appointed Angelique Schouten (43) as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this position, she succeeds Arnold Zwart, who founded and developed the organization over the last twenty-five years to become the largest global-Mendix partner. The appointment is effective as of March 1st 2021. 

Schouten spent close to nine years at Ohpen building the world’s first cloud-native software-as-a-service (SaaS) core banking engine, based on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Before that, she worked for companies like Aon, ING and DCE Consultants and she has founded several start-ups. She is also a founding board member of Holland FinTech and has co-authored two bestselling books: Monkey Money Mind and The WealthTECH book. Schouten holds a Master’s in General Management from Business University Nyenrode and a Bachelor in Commercial Economics from Fontys University. 

Strengthen operations and drive global expansion 
The company services close to 300 customers in 17 countries, has a team of 200 people with offices in the Netherlands and Germany. Schouten will focus on scaling the business internationally and pursue a buy-and-build strategy. Her international experience in the SaaS and FinTech sector and proven track record in scaling companies to the next level make her the right person for this role.  

“The challenge is how the ever-growing demand for development-, engineering- and delivery power in the world is met. A demand which is still a lot bigger compared to what can be delivered. On top of that, the desire for digitalization and innovation, and the ability for customers, businesses and users to influence and control this directly, is also increasing. People want the freedom to create,” says Angelique Schouten, CEO of Mansystems, FlowFabric and BlockBrains. “I believe that the low-code and no-code movement will play a pivotal role in achieving this and it will move many industries and businesses forward. Our team places the power of digitalization and innovation into the hands of business owners and citizen developers. Launching new solutions become a matter of days and weeks, instead of months or even years and I am excited to be part of this movement.”  

Inclusive leadership 
Robert Pijselman, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mansystems, FlowFabric and BlockBrains: “The company is poised for major international expansion in the low-code and no-code market by creating a truly global footprint both organically and by future mergers and acquisitions. Angelique’s experience in scaling strong knowledge-based technology companies and her inclusive leadership experience makes us confident that we can successfully accelerate and execute such an expansion. What makes the combination of companies unique is that we developed our own intellectual property with technology that enables our consultants to test security, scalability and performance of the applications during the building process of our sector specific applications and tooling, and we believe that Angelique will take this to the next level.”  

Crevan O’Grady, partner at Volpi Capital, added: “We have invested in the company because we were attracted to the potential for growth in the low-code space, of which Gartner forecasts that by 2025 70% of application development will be in low-code. Developers still remain in short supply and the COVID-19 pandemic has driven further demand for digital and automation solutions and services. With the appointment of Angelique we believe that the company can scale globally and further develop its sector specific solutions and services which fulfill this demand. She is welcomed by a very knowledgeable and experienced team.”  

CLEVR
CLEVR is the low-code and no-code Software-with-a-Service (SWAS) solutions provider and the largest global Mendix expert partner. CLEVR operates in 18 countries with a team of 250 people and supplies over 400 customers, including Continental, ING, eXp Realty, Siemens Financial Services, Achmea, Rituals, Cargolux, Nutricia, Kongsberg Maritime, Eneco, Stella Fietsen, Mondi Group, and T-Systems with solutions, services and tooling. Volpi Capital has supported CLEVR’s buy-and-build strategy since 2019.