On 1 July 2012, Mr Koen Gijsbers became first General Manager of the newly established NATO Communications and Information Agency.
Prior to that, he was CIO at the Ministry of Defence of The Netherlands. His main focus was the rationalization of IT services throughout the organization. He was also responsible for information security policy of the entire national government as member of national CIO Board and national cyber board. During his tenure as CIO he co-ordinated a major reorganization of the defence organization in order to implement a 15% budget cut (1 Billion Euro).
From 2006 to 2009, as Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, VA, USA he led NATO’s network centric innovation as well as mentoring and overseeing NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) in Estonia and the Command and Control COE in the Netherlands.
In his career, he has commanded and supported troops both at home and around the globe, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Kosovo.
MGEN Gijsbers holds a Master's degree in Military Art and Science of the US Army Command and General Staff College. In 2001, he was knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau (with Swords), awarded by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix.
During his Military Academy studies, he was a good athlete at 400m and 800m running, attended the Olympics in Moscow (1980), and still holds the Dutch Record for 4 x 400m relay.