March 30, 2023 3 min read


Van Kansspelen Members Elect Henry Meijdam as Chairman

The appointment of Meijdam will put an end to the interim role of Chairman assumed by Aad Kobus

The gambling association in the Netherlands, Van Kansspelen, announced Wednesday the appointment of Henry Meijdam as its chairman following the trade body’s general meeting for members in Waalwijk.

‘Put Van Kansspelen Further on the Map’

Van Kansspelen members elected Meijdam to succeed Aad Kobus as chairman of the association starting on April 1. Kobus held the role of Van Kasspelen chairman on an interim basis for some time.

Commenting on his successor, Kobus outlined that Van Kasspelen members found an experienced director in the like of Meijdam to serve as the association’s chairman and help the organization navigate the “various challenges in and around politics and entrepreneurship.”

With Henry’s experience and profile, we want to put VAN Kansspelen further on the map and optimally represent the sector.

Aad Kobus, chair, Van Kansspelen

Elected with a large majority of the vote, Meijdam was excited to have the opportunity to leverage his extensive experience gained from roles as a director across various organizations for the benefit of Van Kansspelen.

His professional career includes positions as a deputy of the province of North Holland, mayor of Zaanstad and Lelystad, advisory, commissioner and director roles at organizations and companies, as well as interest groups of provinces such as the Interprovincial Consultation where he was the director for five years.

“The slot machine industry is buzzing and the members are proud of their profession,” Meijdam commented, “happy to take up the challenge together with the members to propagate this professional pride and to put the sector even more on the map.”

Collaboration with Members Is Key

He then outlined his intention to work in collaboration with the members of the association and committed to perceiving Van Kansspelen’s agenda and interests. Meijdan also expressed his wish to get to know the members and the association’s various stakeholders in the coming months.

He finished his comments by highlighting that as many people in the Netherlands enjoy what Van Kansspelen members as gaming operators have to offer them, the association should “serve them in a modern way where fun and responsible gaming go hand-in-hand.”

Van Kasspelen has been the number one regulated games of chance authority in the Netherlands for almost 50 years, guaranteeing a secure and enjoyable gaming offering in the country while advocating the health of the sector responsible gaming-wise by ensuring prevention and adequate gaming staff training.

Businesses which provide games of chance in a responsible manner such as gaming machine operators, lotteries, physical casinos and online gaming brands, are welcome to the association as long as they follow the membership code.

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