with the sincere aim to build up global HR. I liked that a lot. Brenntag certainly is a people-oriented company with an entrepreneurial spirit. All these aspects were a confirmation for me that Brenntag was the right company to join.
What would you say is the best part of your Job?
The best part of my job is working for a great company with committed people, being able to lead the change towards an even more modern global people company as well as finding the right balance between our entrepreneurial spirit and necessary globalization.
It is great to be in the position to co-design the future of Brenntag whilst working with a mix of generations and cultures.
What is your vision for the HR at Brenntag?
My vision for Brenntag is to be the employer of choice. To achieve this, we need to ensure that we are not only attractive for potential new employees but also continuously remain attractive for current employees. People are a scarce resource.
Finding the right people and investing in our existing people is vital for the success of our company now and in the future. Having passionate and competent people is a golden combination that creates success for the company and also for the people themselves.
Of course people are the most important resource you have in a company. If we in Brenntag don’t have the right people, then we can’t deliver. People are the leading indicator because they are the ones that design a strategy, execute it, sell the products and create lasting business relationships internally and externally. So, it’s the people who are at the heart of our business.
In the film we see you in Rotterdam. What is the connection you have with this city?
I did my Master of Business Administration in Rotterdam. What I always liked about Rotterdam was the fact that it is a city that has a hands-on mentality and has developed from being a very traditional to a very modern city.
I’ve always admired a combination of vision and hands-on mentality in people and companies as this means “getting the right things done”.
Brenntag for me has a lot of similarities with Rotterdam. We also have this pragmatic can-do mentality which is absolutely needed to be successful. Of course, we are strategic; we have a vision but coupled with this mentality we actually deliver on our vision and strategy.