Esri President Jack Dangermond Given Royal Honor in Netherlands

GIS Company Founder Is Awarded Official Decoration on Behalf of King

REDLANDS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#ArcGISlt;/agt;–Esri,
the global leader in location intelligence, today announced that its
founder and president Jack Dangermond received the royal Dutch
decoration, Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Jan Hamming, Mayor of
Zaanstad, awarded the accolade to Dangermond on behalf of King

The decoration was bestowed upon Dangermond in recognition of his
extraordinary contribution to the national and international GIS
community. The establishment of Esri in 1969 paved the way for the
introduction of digital mapping and analyses thanks to the development
of ArcGIS software. In 1985, the Dutch national planning service (RPD)
in the north-eastern city of Zwolle was the first to use ArcGIS, a
milestone that was to be followed by more than a thousand other

“The Netherlands have been a forward-thinking country in the field of
GIS, and this recognition is a sincere honor,” said Laura Dangermond,
Esri co-founder. “As one of our oldest international customers, Jack is
proud to support the nation’s innovative goals.”

Alongside his involvement in making Dutch organizations more successful
by sharing knowledge, Dangermond is also deeply committed to global
social issues such as climate change, support for less developed regions
around the world, and education.

While it is unusual that a royal Dutch decoration is awarded to a person
living abroad, Dangermond’s worldwide work and the special bond he has
always maintained with The Netherlands is a distinctive combination. An
American citizen, Dangermond’s family emigrated from The Netherlands to
California, and some still live in The Netherlands.

“I wish my parents could be here to see this,” said Dangermond.
“Everything I know about running Esri successfully, I owe to what they
taught me when I worked in their plant nursery, and being mindful about
nurturing plants, as well as supporting customers. It is humbling to
accept this honor in the country my father once called home.”

The presentation of the royal decoration to Dangermond took place on
April 2 in Zaandam, immediately after he had spoken at the Geospatial
World Forum.

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Jo Ann Pruchniewski
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