Wico van Genderen, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry’s new chief executive officer, attended Tuesday’s Luzerne County Council meeting to introduce himself.
County Manager Robert Lawton told council he met with van Genderen Tuesday that afternoon and invited him to the meeting.
“I think we can look forward to collaboration between the county and business community on creating a more favorable climate for site selection, relocation, job opportunities and educational attainments for our residents,” Lawton said.
Van Genderen said meeting government leaders was among his initial goals. He met with Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton on Monday.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” van Genderen told council.
He touched on his experience as a global executive with 30 years of experience.
He most recently served as chief operating officer/vice president and managing director for Diebold Corporation’s Asia-Pacific operations and previously served Diebold as corporate vice president/global marketing and product management, vice president of sales and marketing/North America and area vice president of eastern area sales in the United States, a chamber release said.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and business and a master’s degree in business administration before starting his professional career at IBM.
Van Genderen told council he returned to the United States about six months ago.
He referred to his “very strong grounding” in small business, saying his mother had a bridal shop and his dad operated a wallpaper store.
He also noted his father-in-law had a clock shop and was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre.
“I’m really looking forward to contributing to the county,” van Genderen said.
Chamber officials received nearly 100 resumes for the position.