Duco Sickinghe is the Managing Director of Fortino Capital, an investment firm he founded in 2013. He is chairman of the Board of Royal KPN in the Netherlands & Chairman of Van Eeghen & Co, a family held business in Amsterdam. He also serves on the Board of UniBreda & Guberna. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Telenet, Belgium’s leading provider of Cable Broadband services, a position he had held since 2001. In his time at the helm of Telenet, he oversaw the listing of the company on the Euronext stock exchange in 2006, & he was voted best CEO of a listed Belgian company in 2011, 2012 and 2013, in the Thomson Reuters Extel survey. Duco began his career with Hewlett Packard in 1985, spending five years with the company before joining NeXT Computer as Vice President Marketing, & later as General Manager of France. He co-founded Software Direct in 1993, which became a joint-venture with Hachette Distribution Se.

People are continuously discussing the issue of strategy. In my opinion there are only two kinds: either you have to be the most affordable, or you have to be different.

As an investor & former CEO, Duco coaches & supports companies to drive growth in revenues & bottom-line. At Fortino, he provides support through capital & management expertise & focuses on people development. Duco believes in ambitious & visionary entrepreneurs, & in the tremendous business opportunities of digital transformation. That’s why he help companies capture opportunities, to accelerate businesses & to turn ambition into growth. 

As an investor in remarkable companies of today and tomorrow, Duco values vision, strategy, strong management, innovation & agile execution. He is an expert in assessing management & evaluating business strategies.

Duco Sickinghe (Fortino Capital): ‘Wij sluiten ons aan bij de passie van een ondernemer’

Volgens Duco Sickinghe zijn er maar twee manieren om een bedrijf succesvol te maken: ‘Mensen praten eindeloos over strategie. Voor mij zijn er maar twee strategieën op de wereld: of je bent de goedkoopste, duurzaam de goedkoopste. Als je goed bent en de goedkoopste kun je een eind komen. Of je bent anders, gedifferentieerd.’