Former President of Klöckner Pentaplast Passes Away

Harry van Beek, who served as president of Klöckner Pentaplast/Americas from 1977-1999, passed away on April 4, 2011. Van Beek founded the company in Gordonsville, VA, in 1977. Under his leadership, kp had gone from a single calender line to become the leading supplier of rigid film in the Americas, Klöckner Pentaplast reported in a press release.

“To say Harry van Beek was Klöckner Pentaplast’s president falls short of describing the impact and importance he had on kp and the plastics industry during his tenure. His commitment to rapid expansion and aggressive growth laid the foundation for the company’s success. His legacy remains an integral part of kp’s culture and business strategy today,” noted Tom Goeke, CEO, Klöckner Pentaplast Group, in the release. “All of us who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Harry deeply mourn his passing. He was an exceptional leader with many skills, talents, and charm.”

Van Beek was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on February 3, 1934. On April 8, 1961, he married Janny Verhoeven, and together, they had four children, Olga, Jeroen, Inge, and Jan-Bas. Van Beek moved with his family to the United States to found Klöckner Pentaplast.

Harry’s joy for soccer contributed to the building of Klöckner Stadium at the University of Virginia. Among his community activities, Harry served as the Chairman of the Board of the University of Virginia Health Services Foundation, a Board Member of Poplar Forest, and a Founding Member of the Board of the UVA Children’s Medical Center. After his retirement, Harry also enjoyed spending more time on his cattle farm and in his greenhouse. He continued to participate in the annual Walk for Kids for the UVA Children’s Hospital, which he started with Klöckner Pentaplast’s support.

In addition to his wife, children and their spouses Ed, Valerie, Mia, and Rob, Harry is survived by his eight grandchildren, Parker, Hanna, Emma, Niels, Nicole, Kiefer, Josefine, and Nellie.

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