The museum’s management team consists of the Executive Committee, the Senior Managers of Collection, Education & Presentation, Marketing & Communication, Operations, Van Gogh Museum Enterprises and the Secretary to the Board.
- The Museum’s Management Team The Executive Committee and Senior Managers
Emilie Gordenker - Director
As of 1 February 2020 Emilie Gordenker is director of the Van Gogh Museum.
She is in charge of the Groups Collection: Collection and Research, Collection Management and Restoration, Registrar’s Office, Collection Information, Education & Presentation: Education & Interpretation, Exhibitions, Publications, The Mesdag Collection, Marketing & Communication: Digital Communication, Marketing, Pressoffice, Events, and Development.
Adriaan Dönszelmann - Managing Director
Adriaan Dönszelmann joined the Van Gogh Museum on 1 July 2011 as Manager Business Affairs. He was appointed Managing Director two years later.
Adriaan is responsible for the departments Finance & Control, Human Resources, Staff (Information Manager and Professional Services) and the Groups Operations (Security, Facilities, Support Services, and ICT), Van Gogh Museum Enterprises (Buying and Merchandise, E-commerce, Logistics and Planning, Business to Business, Retail, and New Business), and the Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience.
Babette Meerdink-Schenau - Secretary to the Board & Head of the Staff Office
Babette Meerdink-Schenau (1974) studied Dutch Law at Radboud University (Nijmegen) and International Trade Law at the University of London. She began her legal career at Houthoff Buruma before working for many years as a (legislative) lawyer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Babette also worked as a Clerk at the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. She became Secretary to the Board of the Van Gogh Museum in September 2017, providing the Board with policy and legal support.
Head of Operations
The Head of Operations is responsible for policy and management at the Security, Support Services and ICT departments.
Head of Collection
The Head of Collection is responsible for the Departments Collection & Research, Collection Management and Restoration, Registrar's Office and Collection Information.
Head of Education & Presentation
The Head of Education & Presentation is responsible for the Departments Education & Interpretation, Exhibitions, Publications and The Mesdag Collection.
Head of Marketing & Communication
The Head of Marketing & Communication is resonsible for the Departments Digital Communication, Marketing, Pressoffice and Events.
Ricardo van Dam – Head of Van Gogh Museum Enterprises
Ricardo studied economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He began his career as a management trainee at Koninklijke Ahold. After more than ten years at Ahold, Ricardo moved to the Royal Schiphol Group, where he was responsible for commercial development.
He has also completed a range of interim and consultancy assignments in area development, commerce and business models, primarily for international airports and railway stations.
Ricardo joined Van Gogh Museum Enterprises (VGME) in October 2014, initially as interim director and since 1 April 2017 as director. He is responsible for Purchasing & Merchandise, Logistics, Retail, Wholesale, Licensing, E-commerce and New Business.