Bob Bunnik --who is Dutch or more accurately a Nederlander-- is a very good friend of many IWC collectors throughout the world. He has attended numerous collectors’ meetings in Schaffhausen and at SIHH in Geneva. In this interview, Bob shares about himself and interests.
MF: Thanks, Bob, for allowing us to learn more about you and your connection to IWC. Perhaps by way of introduction you can tell us a bit about your background.
BB: I was born and raised in a small village next to the city of Gouda, the famous ‘cheese city’. I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and have an older brother and younger sister. My father was an old-fashioned milkman who delivered milk --and more-- at the doorstep. We also ran a tiny grocery store at home, so there was always work to be done --6 days a week.
MF: Did you go into the grocery business?
BB: None of us kids had the ambition to take-over that business! Instead, after I got my Engineering and MBA degrees I started my career working for British Telecom in Amsterdam. I spent 20 years in international marketing management and strategy positions in telecom, but two years ago I started my own boutique consultancy firm with four guys. Different challenges, but I love the diversity and the much better work-life balance (smiling).
MF: Speaking of work-life balance, I understand you have a wonderful family – I even recall when your daughter was born.
BB: Thank you. I’ve been with my lovely wife Mélanie for over 20 years’ and we have a 9 year old daughter, so I spend my spare-time along the hockey fields and doing activities with the ladies.