Dolf van den Brink
President and CEO, Heineken U.S.
40 Under 40 rank: 8
The Dutch-born, 14-year Heineken veteran has given his life to the company. In return, the job has taken him around the world. After stints in St. Maarten, the Netherlands, and the Congo -- where the second of his two daughters was born -- van den Brink took the job as U.S. CEO and settled in suburban Rye, N.Y. It's a change from the exotic locales of his corporate past, but the family man still spends as much time as he can outdoors. He favors sunset sails (shown here in New York Harbor), skiing, and wakeboarding. Indoors, he likes to watch Chinese wuxia martial arts movies. "Take time to master your discipline," he says. "Take the nitty-gritty jobs early in your professional life. You will benefit."
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