It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we inform you of the sudden death of our CEO & Founder, Anton Paardekooper, who passed away on December 27th, 2022.
We are still in disbelief as we have now lost not only the heart and brain of our company but also a deeply respected colleague, a dear friend, and above all, an amazing human being. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to all of his family and friends, who will miss his truly endearing, optimistic, and enthusiastic approach to life.
Anton has been growing BBBLS since joining the company in 2012, stepping up as CEO in 2014. For over nine years, his knowledge, perseverance, and warm personality have been essential to the success of BBBLS. Being an Engineer at heart, Anton continued to love working on the further development and improvement of our greenhouse technology. And we loved working with him, as he was able to motivate and inspire each and every one of us on a daily basis.
With Anton’s passing, now comes our time to accept reality and grieve the loss of our dear friend, mentor, and CEO. As a company, we would very much like to continue Anton’s legacy with your support. Menko Deroos, an Advisory Board member, has been appointed as interim CEO.
We already miss you, Anton, and will do our best to nurture and grow the seeds that you have planted.
We understand that this incredibly sad news may come as a shock for you -it did for us.
If you feel like reaching out to Anton’s family or to BBBLS, please send us an email via [email protected] or send any physical mail to our office (Saturnusstraat 14, 2516 AH, The Hague, The Netherlands) so that we can bundle your sympathies and hand them over to Anton’s family.