Since September 2016 John Jorritsma is Mayor of Eindhoven. In his capacity he also chairs the South East Brabant Security Region (VRBZO) and the Metropolitan Region (MRE). As Mayor of Eindhoven he is also chairman of the Brainport Foundation; the multi-helix partnership of companies, knowledge institutions and (local) authorities in the Southeast Netherlands. Together they aim to keep and strengthen the position of Brainport as the top technology region that in 2011 was elected smartest region in the world by the international think tank Intelligent Communicaty Forum (ICF). Previously, Jorritsma had a long career in public administration (among others as King’s Commissioner in Friesland and the Mayor of Cranendonck municipality) and economic development (as Director of the Brabant Development Company).