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Wietse Potiek new Business Director of Eye Filmmuseum

Wietse Potiek will assume the role of Business Director on 1 May, succeeding Stan Spijkerman, who will depart on 8 May after over 35 years at Eye Filmmuseum. The appointment of Potiek completes the renewal of Eye's Management Team.

By Eye Editors30 April 2024

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As Business Director, Potiek will oversee the organisation's operations. Additionally, he will assume responsibility for Eye Bar & Restaurant, the sponsorship strategy, maintaining existing relationships with corporations and individuals, and the recruitment of new partners and financing sources for Eye.

Background

Since 2019, Wietse Potiek (1974) served as Operations Manager at the Royal Defense Museums Foundation (SKD), the overarching body for four museums forming the national museum for military heritage. He was responsible for shaping strategic and operational policies.

Potiek previously accrued experience as a project manager in HR, logistics, and finance within humanitarian aid. He spent five years with Doctors Without Borders, leading change processes and undertaking missions to Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea and the Central African Republic, among others. He also held positions as Director and Programme Manager at the Epkis Foundation, which focuses on the emancipation and participation of vulnerable groups.

Change processes

Bregtje van der Haak, General Director of Eye Filmmuseum, notes that Stan Spijkerman's 35 years of experience and involvement will be greatly missed at Eye, as will his engaging personality. “Eye owes a lot to Stan. His exceptional dedication and attention to detail have contributed immensely to the museum's growth and success. He knows every colleague and all facets of the museum.”

She is pleased with Potiek's appointment, stating, "With Wietse, we have found a fitting successor to Stan – someone who brings expertise to the Filmmuseum. As a tax lawyer with profound social engagement and extensive experience in change processes, museum collections and organisational management, he will greatly benefit Eye in the years ahead."

“With Wietse, we have found a fitting successor to Stan – someone who brings expertise to the Filmmuseum.”

Bregtje van der Haak

Potiek: "The distinctive Eye building, situated on the boundary of the city centre and Amsterdam North, holds significant cultural importance for the city's diverse development. I am proud to be a part of it; Eye is an outstanding organisation with a commitment to further enhancing its leading position in the museum landscape. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with my colleagues to propel Eye to even greater success."

“The distinctive Eye building holds significant cultural importance for the city's diverse development. I am proud to be a part of it.”

Wietse Potiek

Renewed management

With the appointment of Potiek, the renewal of Eye Filmmuseum's Management Team is completed. The team now comprises Bregtje van der Haak (Managing Director), Wietse Potiek (Business Director), and Giovanna Fossati, who assumed the role of Director of Collection & Knowledge Sharing on 1 December 2023, succeeding Deputy Director Ido Abram. Fossati will serve until the end of December 2024 before joining Utrecht University to assume the new chair in Media Heritage, Technology, and Culture.