Bernard Wientjes (Amsterdam, 1943) took over the family business, Ucosan, in 1969, after the premature death of his father. The company grew to be one of the leading European producers of plastic bathtubs, shower trays and whirlpools. In 1999, he sold it to the German conglomerate Villeroy & Boch.
From 2005 to 2014 he chaired enterprise organisation VNO-NCW and became vicechair of the Social and Economic Council.
From 2014 to 2017, Wientjes lectured at Utrecht University, where he held the chair for “Entrepreneurship and Leadership” within the university’s School of Economics (USE).
Current chairships include KPMG’s supervisory board, the SvB’s advisory board and The Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI).