Sylvo Thijsen began his career in 1984 at the international engineering consultancy group Grontmij. After various management positions at different businesses within the group, he joined the national board in 1995. From 2001 to 2012, he was a member of the Executive Board, spending nine of these years as Chair. He has been Director of Staatsbosbeheer (forestry department) since 1 April 2013.
He puts his background and experience in international projects and management to good use by advising and assessing projects, businesses and organisations that operate in the built and natural environment.
Additional positions held by Sylvo Thijsen: Chair of the Committee on Public Tendering and Procurement at VNO-NCW (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers), board member of Platform Hout in Nederland (wood platform Netherlands), member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Sciences Group at Wageningen University, and Chair of the External Advisory Committee on Landscape Architecture at Wageningen UR.