Meet the bright minds of Argusi.

Scholars educated in Econometrics, Food Technology, Technical Business, Marketing, Consumer Studies or Operations Research and Logistics. We combine a range of universities within Argusi. And we cherish this background. Proud and constantly trying to bridge between theory and practice.

The combination of accurate and careful modeling and the close collaboration with the customer motivates me to deliver the best results. 

Kiki Verhagen, MSc, Supply Chain Analyst since 2014. Master of Management, Economics and Consumer Studies with a specialization in Operation Research & Logistics. Accurate, driven and looking for all possibilities.

Frans Cruijssen

Partner Argusi


Frans is founder and partner of Argusi. Prior to these current roles, Frans worked at TNT Express where he was responsible for the development and global roll-out of optimization tools and solutions. After his studies on Econometrics and Operations Research, Frans conducted a PhD study (Cum Laude) on the topic of horizontal cooperation in transport and logistics. He has published papers in international academic journal on the topics of, amongst others, horizontal cooperation, network design, new logistics concepts, and benchmarking. At Argusi he specializes at projects on collaboration, network design, simulation and management games.

Kiki Verhagen

Supply Chain Analyst


Kiki is Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. In 2014 she graduated for her master Management, Economics and Consumer studies in Wageningen, with the specialization Operations Research and Logistics. After she travelled in Asia she started working at Argusi. Kiki is enthusiastic about the different optimization challenges from varying sectors and likes working on data analyses. It is the combination of both accurate modelling and working closely together with the customer what motivates her. At the moment, her expertise focuses mainly on network optimization and transport optimization.

Lieke van den Elshout

HR & Facility Officer


Lieke is HR & Facility Officer at Argusi. After her studies on Human Resource Management in Rotterdam with the specialization on International HRM, Lieke worked as an HR Officer for several companies. She started her career at Robeco, where she also completed her thesis on competence management. She gained HR experience within profit, non-profit, national and international companies (DVB Bank, OMA and UWV). Lieke gets energy from tracking and stimulating people’s personal development. She has a hands-on mentality and loves to organize. At Argusi Lieke is working on project- and capacity planning and she is responsible for the development of our HR department.

Dirk ‘t Hooft

Senior Advisor Logistics Collaboration


Dirk works part-time for Argusi as Senior Advisor Logistics Collaboration. Dirk is also active as member of the Executive Group of “ALICE”, the European Technology Platform on Logistic and works on several European research and innovation projects. After his graduation in Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Dirk worked in several management positions in Publishing, Agricultural Machinery, Bulk stevedoring at the Rotterdam Port, the Flower Auction of Aalsmeer and as CEO of HIDC (Holland International Distribution Council). Dirk is experienced in the management of innovation projects, matches people and organizations, and has a broad international experience. At Argusi Dirk is busy to market the developed innovations of the project ‘Horizontal Collaboration in the supply chain’.

Marjolein Jordans

Senior Supply Chain Analyst


Marjolein is Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. Her expertise is focused on leading and conducting projects in the field of network design and supply chain optimization. She is enthusiastic about figuring out solutions to customers’ problems and supporting those solutions with numbers and figures. Working together in project teams with customers and colleagues is what keeps her interested and motivated. Marjolein attained her Master’s degree in 2005 in Econometrics and Operations Research (2005) at Tilburg University. Subsequently, she worked at TNO from 2005 to 2009 as researcher and advisor. Marjolein has been working at Argusi since 2009.

Bas Groothedde

Partner Argusi


Bas is one of the founders of Argusi. He started his career in the food-service before he started Argusi together with Frans Cruijssen. He was managing director at Kirkman Company, a strategic sourcing consultancy. He finished his PhD on supply chain partnerships and network design at the Delft University of Technology (Cum Laude) and completed an Executive Program at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. Next to his position at Argusi he was in the board of I+Solutions and still lectures at TiasNimbas business school. He is author of the book From Strategy to Structure and specializes in network design, benchmarking, and outsourcing.

Brenda Klep

Data scientist


Brenda is Data Scientist at Argusi. After completing her masters in Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Tilburg, she started as a Retirement Consultant at a predecessor of Willis Towers Watson. At the same time, she specialized in actuarial through obtaining a Minor Actuarial at the University of Amsterdam and a postdoctoral at the Actuarial Institute. She gained her further work experience in the field of actuarial, risk management and balance management within large insurers (Achmea and a.s.r.). Brenda gets energy from solving complex issues where she must deal with large amounts of information and different people with their own viewpoints and experiences.

Robert-Frans Niers



Robert-Frans Niers is principal at Argusi. Robert-Frans has more than 15 years of work experience in the field of supply chain management & analyses. After his studies on Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Twente he started as management trainee at Stork Aerostructures. In 2004 Robert-Frans became Manager Inbound Logistics at V&D, where he was responsible for the design of the inbound supply chain. In 2011 Robert-Frans switched to Damco, a provider of global logistics solutions. At Damco he was responsible for the departments Supply Chain Development and SCM Key Accounts. Robert-Frans is specialized in configuring supply chain organizations and control tower solutions. For this he takes into account all relevant disciplines (logistics, procurement, sales, finance) to get to an optimal result. Robert-Frans gets most satisfaction from providing clear insights in logistics chains and searching for opportunities to optimize logistics networks.

Creative, quantitative based analysis and modeling for different logistical issues, a nice environment to work in. And also, a nice group of colleagues, I’m completely at my place at Argusi.

Marlies de Keizer, PhD, Supply Chain Analyst since 2016. Econometrics and Operations Research at Tilburg University. Her expertise includes integration of network design and network management, integration of optimization and simulation and software development.

Menno Rustenburg

Senior Supply Chain Analyst


Menno is Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. Menno is passionate about supply chains, learning and quantitative modelling and optimization. His ambition is to embed supply chain network optimization in organizations as a core process which is performed regularly. Therefore, besides providing insightful analysis using state of the art optimization tools, equally important is to train and develop the people. Enable them to adapt and improve their supply chains themselves. Continuously.

Prior to his current role, Menno worked as Senior Supply Chain Consultant/Trainer at Involvation and as Manager Operations at CEVA Logistics where he was P&L responsible for the global/EMEA supply chain operations for several international clients. After his studies at Wageningen University on Operations Research and Systems Engineering, he started his career as logistics advisor at TNO Logistics and Transport and is now re-joined with his former colleagues Bas, Marjolein, Frans and Marlies.

Marlies de Keizer

Supply Chain Analyst


Marlies is Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. After her studies on Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Tilburg (cum laude), Marlies has worked as logistics consultant and as software developer. Deepening her practical knowledge, she has then conducted a PhD study at the University of Wageningen. Her research was aimed at design of a logistics network for the European floricultural sector, thereby considering the perishability of the products. Her research provided insights in the interplay between different strategic and tactical decisions. All in all, a variety of experiences that have contributed to the expertise of Marlies: integration of network design and network control, integration of optimization and simulation and software development.

Wiger Aantjes

Supply Chain Analyst


Wiger is Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. He enjoys the use of logic to develop new quantitative visualizations or mathematical models to gain new insights. Wiger gets enthusiastic about interpreting processes to be able to suppose improvements. He excels in thinking logically and structured analyzing. He is comfortable with different analyzation software (e.g. Tableau) and he likes to challenge himself to use this knowledge for clients and projects from practice. During his master Biosystems Engineering at the Wageningen University, he specialized himself in the Operations Research and Logistics.

Cas Slootweg

Supply Chain Analyst trainee


To finish his master Business Analytics & Operations Research at Tilburg University, Cas is writing his thesis at Argusi. He will study the Physical Internet applied to the European rail network. The Physical Internet is a logistical concept that would significantly improve the efficiency of the sector by collaboration and consolidation. This coincides with his goal to make the world a little bit more efficient. During his studies he gained experience with developing mathematical models and solving them. He took several courses which specifically applied quantitative models to logistical problems. He is looking forward to applying theory to practice at Argusi.

Lieke van Amelsfort

Senior Supply Chain Analyst


Lieke is Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. Making the translation from practice to model and bringing people with different background together are things that give her energy. She is motivated by quickly acquiring new companies and their supply chain processes and finding suitable solutions to the accompanying unique challenges. Lieke has obtained her Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008 by executing a successful research project at Philips Lighting. Hereafter, she gained supply chain experience in process optimization, leading projects and intercompany collaboration at Vopak and Mars Netherlands. Lieke has been working at Argusi since 2014, where she has specialized in leading and executing project in supply chain optimization and collaboration. Besides, she has founded Argusi Aid, an Argusi branch that focuses on supply chain design, optimization and collaboration within the humanitarian sector.

Susan Sijtsma

Supply Chain Analyst


Susan is Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. Recently, she graduated as Food Technologist at Wageningen University. During her study, she gained knowledge on perishability and conditioning of fresh food and attended courses about supply chain and logistics. She combined her knowledge on fresh food and logistics in an internship at Argusi before she started her career at Argusi. Susan experiences it as a real challenge to translate practical problems to strong mathematical models to analyze supply chains. Her goal is to use her expertise to reduce waste in the fresh food chain, while considering the optimal storage conditions for different product types.

Simon van den Broeke

Supply Chain Analyst


Simon is Supply Chain Analyst at Argusi. He completed the Bachelor of Econometrics and Operations Research and subsequently completed his graduation for his Master Operations Research & Management Science at Tilburg University at Argusi. His thesis research included the integration of tactical stock optimization in strategic network design. The knowledge he gained is now translating into practical solutions for Argusi’s customers. In addition, Simon organizes student events at Argusi, such as hackathons. Supporting supply chain decisions with mathematical optimization models attracts him in working with Argusi.

Pim Ewijk

Supply Chain Analyst trainee


As part of his Master: Management, Economics and Consumer studies with the specialization Operations Research & Logistics at Wageningen University, he is writing his thesis at Argusi. As part of project Ceres, he is working on a CO2-reduction toolbox towards sustainable supply chains. At Wageningen University, sustainability is a big priority and it matches his interests. During his studies he worked on supporting logistical decision processes by means of quantitative models and techniques. He is hoping to apply this knowledge at Argusi and further improve it. He would like to help bridging the gap between science and the implementation in management.

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