Beachhead Advisor, Europe
Erik Dijkstra is a board member, shareholder, and business consultant currently based in Groningen.
As a true entrepreneur with a farming background, Erik set up the distributorship for Gallagher products in Europe. He has grown this business into a multi-million Euro operation with nine subsidiaries in various European countries.
He has been responsible for creating a market share of more than 50 per cent in various countries for Gallagher. This was done through building a market share from scratch as well as through takeovers/mergers. Consequently he has extensive knowledge of the agricultural retail business.
Currently, Erik is a board member, shareholder and consultant in various international start-up businesses and has led many takeovers or mergers in the small/middle size business area. He is also a member of various public safety boards and chairs the Electric Fencing Association in the United Kingdom.
With 30 years' experience working with agricultural related New Zealand companies, he has built an excellent knowledge of the interchange between New Zealand and European culture. Erik is also a generalist with knowledge of all aspects of business.
Agribusiness in Europe, EU distribution, sales, setting up subsidiaries in Europe, managing remote teams, in-market partnerships and doing business in the Netherlands and Europe.
Erik has specific experience working within the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Europe.