Ruud van Hoek is a director at Clairfield Netherlands where he focuses on the food & agribusiness sector and on the consumer business and retail industry. He is also co-head of Clairfield’s consumer & retail sector group. Ruud has 20 years of M&A experience and has held senior roles at Holland Corporate Finance / M&A International (where he led the global food & beverage group), Deloitte Corporate Finance and Rabo Securities/Rabobank International. He has served several food or retail corporates on M&A issues including Royal Ahold, Laurus, Macintosh, Wessanen, Royal Cosun, Nutreco, Hendrix Genetics, Monaghan Mushrooms, Baarsma Wine Group, Brandenburg Culinair, RefrescoGerber, and United Coffee. He also executed transactions with several Dutch PE firms and financial institutions such as Parcom, Gilde Equity Management, Holland Ventures, AAC Capital, GIMV, H2 Equity Partners, ABN Amro Participaties, Bencis, ING Bank and KAS Bank. Ruud holds a masters degree in business economics from Tilburg University.