Meet the seasoned industry veterans behind the company



Alex Terpstra

Chief Executive Officer

Alex led the creation of Civolution as a spin-out from Philips in 2008 and subsequently executed two acquisitions for Civolution: Teletrax in 2008 and Thomson STS in 2009.

After initially working in the television content production industry, Alex built his professional career further at Philips. From the early 1990s Alex was involved in the digitalization of television broadcasting and held various managerial positions in project and product management, sales, marketing and business development. In 2003 Alex was appointed General Manager of Philips’ conditional access business CryptoWorks. In January 2007 Alex was appointed CEO of the Philips Content Identification with the assignment to accelerate its growth, which led to the spin-out as a standalone company, Civolution, in 2008. In his role as an industry thought-leader, Alex is a frequent speaker at key global events.

Stefan Wiezer

Chief Financial Officer

Stefan joined Civolution as Chief Financial Officer in March 2010. Stefan, a certified accountant (RA), started his professional career at KPMG's international audit practice. In 2000 he joined Tele Atlas where Stefan built his experience in high growth technology companies. Tele Atlas went through an IPO early in 2000. After various acquisitions and a second public offering in 2005, Tele Atlas was again sold to Tom Tom in 2008.

Harrie Tholen

SVP Sales and Marketing, NexGuard

Harrie started his career in advanced development of HDTV technologies at Philips. He moved on to product management, sales and general management in various high technology fields. With assignments in Singapore and Shanghai, he has over 15 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region in the digital broadcasting and mobile multimedia industries.

Andy Nobbs

Chief Commercial Officer, Teletrax

Andy leads sales and marketing activities for Civolution's Teletrax.
Prior to Civolution, Andy was President at Teletrax, the world's first global broadcast intelligence service, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's worldwide activities including strategy management, business development, operations, and sales and marketing. Andy was formerly Content Director at IPC Media where he successfully accelerated and leveraged the exploitation and the revenue growth of IPC's intellectual properties, ranging from television to the internet and printed media. He has previously worked in executive positions for ITV and EMAP.

Hans van de Ven

Senior Vice President Business Development, Teletrax

Hans joined Philips Content Identification in April 2007 as business development manager of MediaHedge. He has a background in engineering, augmented with an MBA. Hans has a strong track record in developing successful new businesses and partnerships. Philips Content Identification became Civolution in October 2008.

Jaap Haitsma

Chief Technology Officer

Jaap was appointed Chief Technology Officer within Philips Content Identification in July 2004. Before joining Philips Content Identification, Jaap worked in Philips Research in 1997 as a research scientist in the area of video watermarking. He subsequently moved on to audio watermarking, audio fingerprinting and video fingerprinting. This research led to the maturation of technologies that are currently commercialized by the Content Identification business unit. Philips Content Identification became Civolution in October 2008.

Wim Bus

SVP Fingerprinting and Monitoring Solutions, Teletrax

Wim has a background in engineering and has extensive experience in Product Management and Business Development in the security and digital TV domains. He previously worked as a Business Consultant for LogicaCMG and as Director, Digital TV products for Philips and Irdeto. In February 2007, Wim was appointed as Director of Business Development, PayTV within Philips Content Identification. Philips Content Identification became Civolution in October 2008.

Sjeng van der Weerden

VP Global Operations, Teletrax

Sjeng spent most of his professional career at Philips in the area of video broadcasting. He held various roles in research, engineering, project management and operations management. Prior to Civolution's spin out from Philips, Sjeng served as Director of Operations at Philips Content Identification's business unit.

Early in 2010, Sjeng started as Program Director, Key Accounts at the Dutch Video on Demand specialist Eventis, which was subsequently acquired by SeaChange. Sjeng joined Civolution in January 2011 as VP Global Operations, taking responsibility for network operations, business operations and client services.

Bart Versteeg

General Counsel

Bart joined Civolution as General Counsel in March 2009 and leads Civolution’s Legal Department.
He started his professional career as an Attorney at Law at the law firm of Loyens & Loeff. In 2005, he moved to Royal Philips where he assumed the role of Senior Counsel. Upon the spin-out of the Semiconductors division from Royal Philips in 2006, Bart first worked as a Senior Counsel at NXP Software and NXP Semiconductors before he was appointed as Director IP Licensing & Claims at NXP Semiconductors.

Mathieu Bonenfant

VP Products and Solutions, NexGuard

Mathieu is VP Products and Solutions at Civolution's NexGuard, focusing on forensic watermarking applications. He has worked in the field of watermarking since 2005, initially serving the Hollywood Studios to protect their assets before theatrical release. He later contributed to the development of audio watermark for TV audience measurements. Since 2011, he has been looking after the NexGuard forensic watermarking range of applications, helping to protect premium content in pre-theatrical release, digital cinema, set-top box and OTT deliveries.