TNO appoints Helen Kardan as Director Science & Technology High Tech Industry

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Digital society
2 May 2024

The Hague, 2 May 2024 – TNO today announced the appointment of Helen Kardan as the new Director of Science & Technology for its High Tech Industry unit. Kardan will take over from Christa Hooijer who recently transferred to TNO’s unit Defense, Safety & Security. Kardan is currently Senior Supplier Account Lead, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at ASML. She will be taking on her new role as of 1 June 2024.

Helen Kardan began her career at Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. in Japan and worked her career up across the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining ASML in 2018, she worked for Eindhoven University of Technology and TNO. Possessing extensive experience in various senior leadership roles, Kardan brings value to TNO with her expertise in growth strategy and value chain management in high-tech domains such as semiconductor, medtech and automotive.

Rejoining TNO, Kardan will be responsible for executing a top-notch science and technology strategy that focuses on creating breakthrough innovations for TNO’s partners and customer base, especially in the Netherlands. And by doing so strengthen relationships and collaborations with academia and knowledge institutes. In addition to her new role at TNO, Kardan will continue her engagements in entrepreneurship within the Dutch scientific community.

Arnaud de Jong, managing director TNO High Tech Industry: “We are pleased to onboard Helen into our team. As part of a careful recruitment process, we attached particular importance to her market-oriented high-tech expertise and broad network in the Brainport-ecosystem as well as her international focus. With a wealth of industry experience, she is distinguished by her commitment to deliver tangible results.”

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"I'm thrilled to rejoin TNO's vibrant community. In my role, I am looking forward to working with talented and expert individuals at TNO and together with high-tech ecosystem not only push the boundaries of science and technology but also drive economic growth and advance societal well-being. It will be an exciting journey, fueled by collaboration, creativity and the shared vision of making a meaningful difference in the world, ‘Made in the Netherlands’.”

Helen Kardan

Director Science & Technology High Tech Industry

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