SURFnet's CTO Erik Huizer moves to GÉANT
11 APR 2018
After 6 years, Erik Huizer is announcing his departure as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at SURFnet. As of 1 July 2018, Erik Huizer will be the CEO of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network, of which SURFnet is a member. We regret his departure, but look forward to working with him in his new role.
Advocate of Dutch education and research network
Erik Huizer worked for SURFnet from 1988 until 2000; the early years of SURFnet and the Internet. He was one of the advocates and developers of the first Dutch education and research network and played a significant part in selecting the Internet Protocol. In his second period at SURFnet, from 2012 until now, Huizer held the position of CTO and was responsible for innovation programs and the initiating and maintaining strategic relations with national and international partners and suppliers. In 2014, Huizer was added to the Internet Hall of Fame as Global Connector, for his contribution to growth, connectivity and the use of the Internet, globally and in the Netherlands. He has been working as interim CEO at GÉANT since the summer of 2017.
Asset to the education and research community
Erwin Bleumink, CEO of SURFnet: "We congratulate Erik with this wonderful step in his career and thank him for his efforts and pioneering work, for SURF as well as the Internet community as a whole. We wish him every success as CEO at GÉANT, look forward to working with him in his new role and are happy that he will continue to be an asset to the education and research community!"