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Published by:
RSM Case Development Centre (2019)
Length:
8 pages
Data source:
Field research

Abstract

SecureLink was founded in Belgium in 2003. In 2008, the three co-founders acquired ownership and moved the company to Sliedricht, the Netherlands. They realized early on that the industry was based on the mantra 'Eat or get eaten' and set out an ambitious plan for growth. In 2014, a new CFO was hired to further formalize the structure and processes of the organisation as it continued growing rapidly. By 2016, 3 cybersecurity firms were acquired and the number of employees went from 140 to 650. In 2018, a new CEO was appointed. The company had faced numerous challenges while growing, mainly related to alignment with their foreign acquisitions as well as organizational and cultural processes. Maintaining the balance between proactivity and reactiveness was also a moot point.

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This item is suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses.

Topics

Cybersecurity; Market expansion; Cultural differences; Acquisitions; Growth; Scale-up; Internet; Innovation; Solutions

Setting

The events covered by this item took place in 2019.

Geographical setting

Region:
Europe
Country:
The Netherlands

Featured company

Company name:
SecureLink
Employees:
501-1000
Turnover:
EUR 248.4 million
Industry:
Cybersecurity

Featured protagonist

  • Marco Barkmeijer (male), Co-founder and former CEO

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