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Van Oortmerssen Organisatie-Advies

Interview with Willem Van Oortmerssen

Where did you learn the basics of running a business?
After my studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam I became a management consultant with Van der Torn & Buningh, a very well known consulting "boutique" in the Netherlands. Years later the firm was sold to Coopers & Lybrand, so I became a management consultant at one of the "Big Eight" for six years. There I broadened my experience into financial knowledge.

Whom did you work with before becoming a consultant?
With the Employers Confederation Industry where I learned from working on strategic projects in financial areas.

What will you do in ten years?
I will harvest from my own strategic projects and my investments as entrepreneur.

What kind of people do you like to work with?
I like to share my experience with all kind of professionals: boardroom members, works councils, project managers and people in the disciplines of accounting and law.

Is there someone you would describe as intelligent?
Wim Kok, the former Labour Union leader and Dutch Prime Minister and today supervisor of board MNC's, because he formed a bridge from government to industry and labour to employers.

Working many years as a consultant you have managed many projects. Are there any really special ones among them?
Yes, of course. As an example, creating break-up value by allocating divisions of an MNC towards international strategic partners.

Why is your company a member of IMCN?
I need an international network for the benefit of my Dutch clients. I like to work with people from other cultures (I speak four languages). I also had many years experience with a European management consultants network before IMCN.

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