Robert Randazzo CEO and founder of PMDG confirmed in their forum that Mathijs Kok joined their team.
“Personally, I am very pleased to welcome my longtime friend Mathijs to the PMDG team. I’ll say more on that subject a little later – and maybe shed light on some of what he may or may not be doing as part of our future expansion.
Expect him to hold back a bit while he finds footing and revs up. Our culture is very different from the one he left behind after two decades – and his role here will be very different as well. There are some key moments in PMDG’s history – and it’s been 15 years since we made concrete, positive changes to improve the overall skill level and skills of our team. The addition of Mathijs to the PMDG team is one of many changes taking place behind the scenes that contribute greatly to my strategic goals for PMDG – and I assure you, you will be thrilled when you see what this plan looks like.
In the meantime, I hope you will all welcome him to our team. If you disagree, feel free to sit back and give him a chance to prove himself with a clean PMDG list, but you have to promise that if we prove you wrong, you’ll come back here and say thank you.
Always remember that he is a member of my team and a dear friend – and I’m glad he’s here.”
Now the cat is out of the bag, ex-Aerosoft project manager Mathijs Kok is staying at PMDG. I asked him for a short confirmation as there is no official statement from PMDG yet and he answered me:
“After almost 20 years I decided to leave Aerosoft because I didn’t agree with some decisions. Being of Methuselah age, I was surprised that Robert Randazzo immediately asked me to come to PMDG, an offer which I immediately accepted. At PMDG, I will wear multiple hats; I can’t reveal everything just yet. I will certainly lead projects as I have done for three decades, but I will also be involved in other areas of PMDG’s day-to-day operations.”
Mathijs Kok’s move from Aerosoft to PMDG is significant for several reasons:
Kok’s departure from Aerosoft after almost 20 years is a loss for the company as he was a respected project manager who communicated well with customers.
PMDG’s acquisition of Kok is a significant win for the company as he brings decades of project management experience.
Kok’s new role at PMDG is not yet clear, but he will be involved in various aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations, including leading projects. This could potentially lead to new and exciting developments for PMDG and the flight simulation community as a whole.
The news of Kok’s transfer caused quite a stir in the flight sim community, with many expressing their congratulations and excitement for his new role. This shows the impact Kok has had in the community and the respect he has earned over the years.
Overall, Mathijs Kok’s move from Aerosoft to PMDG is significant for both companies and the flight simulation community as a whole. It remains to be seen what new developments will follow from Kok’s involvement with PMDG, but his experience and reputation suggest exciting things are on the horizon.
The Precision Manuals Development Group (PMDG) is a commercial developer of add-on aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Lockheed Martin Prepar3D and the X-Plane series. The company was founded in 1997 by Robert S. Randazzo, who stated that his primary goal was to develop the software to a point where it could be used. PMDG is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada but has multiple employees in countries such as Belgium, South Africa and Canada. The company is known for creating highly detailed and realistic simulations of aircraft including the Boeing 737-800, 737-900, 737-600 and 737-700. These simulations include features such as advanced animations, cockpit detail, and accurate representations of onboard information systems and aircraft management. PMDG’s software has been praised for its realism, and the company has a number of beta testers that include several aviation experts. The company also offers customer support, tutorials and free product updates through its PMDG Operations Center 2.0. In 2021, PMDG released its debut product for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the PMDG DC-6.