Prof. Ton de Kok graduated at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands in Mathematics and Economics in 1981. After 4 years under the supervision of prof. Henk C. Tijms he attained the doctorate (Ph.D. degree) in 1985 from the Free University of Amsterdam.
Thereafter he joined the Centre for Quantitative Methods (CQM) of Philips Electronics in Eindhoven, The Netherlands as consultant in Operations Research. During 5 years he participated in over 20 client projects in the field of logistics and production management. In 1990 he became Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
From 1990-1992 he was a teaching professor at Boston University Brussels. In 1990 he was appointed Manager Logistics Innovation of Philips Consumer Electronics.
From 1991-1997 he was part-time professor in Industrial Mathematics at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. From 1992-2020 he was full time professor Operations Management at the same university.
Since 1-10-2020 he is part-time professor Operations Management at TUE. Ton de Kok is head of the capacity group Operations Planning, Accounting, and Control (OPAC) in the department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences during 2008-2014 and 2017-2020.
Since 1-10-2020 he is appointed as the General Director of CWI, the NWO research institute on Mathemaatics and Computer Science in Amsterdam.
He was the Director of the European Supply Chain Forum (eSCF) from 1996-2018. He was a member of the board of vLm (Logistics Management Association) from 1997-2000.
From January 1, 2003 till July 1, 2008 he was Scientific Director of the research school Beta. In 2004 he was Edelman Award Finalist as member of the Philips Semiconductors team. In 2006 he received the ISIR Service Award.
In September 2008 Ton de Kok became Fellow of the research school Beta. He is Academic Director of the TIAS Master of Operations and Supply Chain Management and member of the TIAS Academic Council. He has been invited for guest lectures at a multitude of US top schools.
Ton has published over 100 articles in international scientific journals. His main research areas are Supply Chain Management and Concurrent Engineering with emphasis on quantitative analysis. His research on multi-item multi-echelon inventory systems is embedded in the software of ChainStock, a start-up company established in 2018 together with TUE.