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July 10. 2013 6:55PM

Zijlstra named CEO at Velcro Industries

MANCHESTER — Velcro Industries announced Wedneday that Alain Zijlstra officially assumed the role of Velcro Industries' president and chief executive officer in October following a board decision in August 2012.

Zijlstra succeeded Wil de Hollander, who served in the role for four years.

In 2008, Zijlstra joined Velcro Industries as president of EMEA in Barcelona, Spain, where he focused on development and change management that aligned the company to its global growth targets, the company said. Prior to joining Velcro Industries, Zijlstra worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

Zijlstra attended The Business School of Eindhoven in the Netherlands where he earned a bachelor's degree in business economics and later attended the Tilburg University, where he earned his master's in business economics.

He speaks six languages including Dutch, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

Hinckley Allen co-sponsors vendor fair

Hinckley Allen is serving as co-sponsor for the New Hampshire State and Local Vendor Fair on Thursday. Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to appear at the free event, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon at the Arthur D. Kehas Criminal Justice Training Facility, 17 Institute Drive, Concord.

The fair will provide an opportunity for businesses to learn about the purchasing needs of state and local governments.

More than 70 state agency and municipal representatives will be on hand.

Suzan Lehmann, an attorney in Hinckley Allen's Concord office, will be representing the firm.

She previously was a senior assistant attorney general with the New Hampshire Department of Justice and served as the state's chief government contracting attorney.

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