John Poppelaars heads Analytics unit of BearingPoint

27 April 2015

Management and technology consultancy firm BearingPoint has appointed John Poppelaars to head its Dutch Smart Analytics and Business Intelligence team as of May 1st 2015. Poppelaars joins from analytics specialist ORTEC, where he worked for over 20 years.

John Poppelaars (48) is a passionate proponent of analytics as a key business enabler. Throughout his 25 years consulting career, which he spent entirely at Ortec, he supported clients across a myriad of industries – including Postal & Express, Logistics, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Pension Funds and Insurance – with developing analytical strategies and the implementation of related projects. In 2012 he was, together with his consulting team and Tilburg University, awarded the prestigious INFORMS Franz Edelman Award* for his contribution to TNT’s so-called ‘Global Optimisation programme’. With the use of advanced analytical methods, TNT Express was able to save millions in its operations and improve customer service on a global scale. Poppelaars’ expertise lies mainly in Econometrics, Operations Research, Statistics and Data Science.

John Poppelaars and Mark Bartels - BearingPoint

Marc Bartels, Partner and Managing Director of the Dutch BearingPoint office, says he is “very pleased” with the addition of Poppelaars, stating he is a “client-focused analytics and optimisation expert” with a proven track record in analytics consulting. “His experience will strengthen our capabilities to support our clients in growing their analytical maturity. With John leading our growing Analytics team we will enhance the support to our clients in improving their decision making, using fact based insights and state of the art technologies, like our award winning HyperCube analytics platform”.

Next to his consulting work for BearingPoint, Poppelaars works actively to stimulate public awareness about the added value of analytics to both business and society. He for instance maintains a blog on the topic (‘OR at Work'), on which he shares his experiences with and views on the practical application of analytics. He in addition is a regularly invited public speaker and guest lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on analytics topics.


John Poppelaars holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is an INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional.

* Objective of the Franz Edelman competition is to bring forward, recognise and reward outstanding examples of operations research, management science and advanced analytics in practice in the world.


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