Vistage expands to the Netherlands: Leading global CEO peer advisory organization expands to 20th country

San Diego, CA (November 14, 2017) — Vistage has announced that it will now offer its peer-to-peer executive mentoring platform to businesses in the Netherlands. Vistage’s Netherlands-based groups will join a worldwide community of more than 45,000 CEOs, business owners and key executives committed to making great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities.

Founded in 1957, Vistage places business leaders in confidential peer advisory boards who meet monthly to tackle their toughest business and leadership challenges and maximize opportunities. A “Chair” — an accomplished former CEO — facilitates the meetings and provides one-to-one coaching. Members build on their monthly meetings with an extensive platform that includes expert speakers, original research and thought leadership, networking events and a global online community.

Vistage Benelux Founder René Wientjens said, “It is a privilege to bring Vistage to business leaders in the Netherlands. Being a member of a peer group for several years, I understand the value of gaining advice from other entrepreneurs who have been in similar situations. It had and still has a huge positive impact on my life and leadership.”

René Wientjens is a fitting ambassador for Vistage. He was raised in a family where entrepreneurship was key, so it was little surprise that he also became an entrepreneur. After finishing his thesis, as well as a career in sales & marketing and general management, his interest in developing people and organizations led him to successfully found three training companies. As CEO of Vistage Benelux, Rene wants to connect, stimulate and motivate CEOs to become better leaders in their organizations. René holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Genetics and has post-bachelor certificates in psychotherapy and constellations. He has two sons and lives in Breda, where he is the president of the Breda affiliate of the “Broodfonds,” a not-for-profit organization that supports small business owners when they become ill.

Vistage SVP of International Nick King said, “At Vistage, we help guide high integrity CEOs and key executives to work together to improve themselves, their companies and their communities by addressing the common struggles and complex challenges they face on the path to personal and professional excellence. We are proud to expand our footprint in Europe with the launch of Vistage in the Netherlands, complementing our European businesses in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain. And we are delighted to have René leading operations. His in-depth knowledge of the Dutch business community and his keen sense of Vistage values will help us develop quickly in this new market and expand our mission to enhance the lives and increase the effectiveness of CEOs and key executives.”

For more information about Vistage Netherlands, please contact René Wientjens at or visit

About Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
Vistage is the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize businesses. For more than 65 years, we’ve been helping CEOs, business owners and key executives solve their greatest challenges through confidential peer groups and one-to-one executive coaching sessions. Today, more than 45,000 members in 35 countries rely on Vistage to help make better decisions for their companies, families and communities. The results prove it: Vistage CEO members grew their annual revenue on average by 4.6% in 2020, while nonmembers with comparable small and midsize businesses saw revenue decrease by 4.7%, according to a study of Dun & Bradstreet data. Learn more at

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