Pim van der Kleij is the founder of Merkator BV in The Netherlands and co-founder of Merkator NV/SA in Belgium. Prior to the start of the Merkator initiative in late 2008 Pim has held several management positions at leading Dutch organisations such as Xerox, Atos Origin and Koninklijke KPN, the Dutch Tier-1 Telecom operator. Pim's passion for old maps and mapping in general led to the name of the company Merkator; a company which brings the best Geo-ICT specialists together in the Benelux. His idea for the company is based on the Rhineland businessmodel, marked by open innovation, employees as shareholders and room for education and acquiring knowledge. Pim holds a Master in Geography from the University of Groningen.