Since September 13th 2016, the Mayor of Eindhoven is John Jorritsma (16-09-56). He is a member of the VVD party. Prior to his taking up office as Mayor of Eindhoven, he had a long career in public administration and economy.
His career started with a staff function at Stadsontwikkeling, Amersfoort, followed by a number of civil service posts, after which John Jorritsma was town clerk, first in Loenen aan de Vecht, and later in Sint-Oedenrode, before becoming Mayor of Cranendonck, a newly-formed municipality, in 1997. He combined this post with membership of Provinciale Staten, (the provincial parliament) as a member of VVD group. He left public administration in 2002, to become director of the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (Society for Economic Development in the provence of Brabant), and as such, he was also chairman of the national organisation Ontwikkelings Maatschappijen. After 6 years, he returned to public administration, as the King's Commissioner in Friesland, a position he held until becoming Mayor of Eindhoven.
In addition to this administrative career, John Jorritsma also held a number of advisory posts, often linked to economy, such as Commissioner of Twice (diverse incubators), the Startersfonds Zuid-Nederland and 't Laar industry centre in Tilburg. He was also a member of the supervisory boards of Telos Noord-Brabant and Nederland Distributieland, and a member of the board of Programmacommissie Pieken in de Delta, the spatial and economic policy programme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Furthermore, he has been involved with a number of broader social issues, such as heritage, education, asylum seekers, waste and good health in old age.
John Jorritsma is married, and has three grown-up children.