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Professionals about their career switch

Work-life balance, a different industry, learning new skills, more impact... there are many reasons to consider a career switch. But when push comes to shove, it isn't always so obvious. What's the best step from here? In what industry or corporate culture will you thrive? Will your skills and strengths be appreciated? Will you be able to keep developing yourself? And how do you know the time is right? It helps to hear how other people dealt with similar situations in order to figure out where you stand. At Top of Minds, we speak to interesting professionals every day. About their consulting exit, about the winding path to CEO of CFO level, and about career choices they had to make along the way. And we're proud to share some of the most gripping and inspiring stories with you.

Quinten Selhorst & Maarten Poot

Quinten Selhorst and Maarten Poot are ex-strategy consultants and co-founders of start-up felyx. It takes guts to be an entrepreneur. And an excellent idea. Which... Read more

Michiel van Ogtrop

Co-Founder

Michiel van Ogtrop is one of the founders of the successful scale-up Travelteq. With their stylish yet functional travel and laptop bags they provide their... Read more

Tim Noordhoek

CTO

Amsterdam, 28 April 2017 | Working with software for almost 20 years, Tim has profound experience combining leading edge technology with practical thinking. Tim learned... Read more

Robbert Huisman

Head of Category Management

Robbert Huisman joined Catawiki in 2017 as the Head of Category Management. He has a background as an Aerospace Engineer from Delft University, Engagement Manager... Read more

Marijn van de Ven & Bram Ellens

Founders of Chama

Amsterdam, 15 Feb 2017 | When Bram Ellens and fellow co-founder Marijn van de Ven brainstormed over cold beers one night, they came up with... Read more

Thijs Bosgoed

CEO at BuyBay

Amsterdam, 8 Feb 2017 | In 2014, former rowing professional Thijs Bosgoed set up BuyBay, together with his brother Erik. BuyBay is an online start-up in... Read more

Nabil de Marco

Director of Automotive Europe at Amazon

Luxembourg, 19 Dec 2016 | Nabil de Marco was a strategy consultant for over six years at Bain & Company in Milan, Italy. Since January... Read more

Deniz Er Wiedhaup

Senior Category Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises

Rotterdam, 12 May 2014 | Deniz Er Wiedhaup made her consulting exit in 2013, shortly after she found out she was pregnant. She started at... Read more

Roger Loo

Managing Director at Kraft Heinz

Zeist, 15 Aug 2016 | Roger Loo worked at Procter & Gamble for eight years, where he learned the tricks of the trade. He used... Read more

Rianne van der Loo

Industry Analyst Travel at Google

Amsterdam, 12 May 2014 | Rianne van der Loo was Senior Associate at The Boston Consulting Group. She exited into the position of Industry Analyst... Read more

Ed van de Weerd

Commercial Director at Jumbo

Veghel, 15 Jun 2015 | Ed van Weerd is Director of Sales at Jumbo since the summer of 2011. He began his career at Procter... Read more

Richard den Hollander

Managing Director at PepsiCo

Utrecht, 4 Sep 2014 | Richard den Hollander is General Manager at PepsiCo in the Benelux. He did nog get into the business early on,... Read more

Erik-Jan Quik

Director Retail Services at bol.com

Utrecht, 17 Sep 2015 | Erik-Jan Quik works at bol.com as a Director of Retail Services. He started at the big player e-commerce in 2011... Read more

Tim Hehenkamp

Head Commercial Controlling at Jumbo

Veghel, 7 Jun 2015 | Tim Hehenkamp was Project Manager at OC&C Strategy Consultants. He exited into Head of Commercial Controlling at Jumbo Supermarkten. Today... Read more

Carla Mahieu

Global Head of HR

“As a business, we’re both people-centric and data-driven,” says Carla Mahieu, Global Head of Human Resources for Aegon. “When you look at where Aegon stands... Read more

Emanuele Bianchi

Category Leader at Amazon

Luxembourg, 8 March 2017 | Emanuele Bianchi joined Amazon in 2015, after eight years in consulting. The transition included moving from Italy to Luxembourg with his... Read more

Jeroen Mustert

General Manager at Wessanen Benelux & Germany

Amsterdam, 10 Jun 2016 | Jeroen Mustert once started out as Trainee at Unilever. Now he has worked for many different companies. He is General... Read more

Remco van Zanten

Director Partner Services at Booking.com

Amsterdam, 14 Dec 2015 | Remco van Zanten started his career at Boston Consulting group. After eight years, he exited into e-commerce, taking on various... Read more

Jan-Pieter Ebben

Manager Finance at AkzoNobel

Rotterdam, 12 May 2015 | Jan-Pieter Ebben is Manager Finance & Control at a chlorine plant in Rotterdam, one of AkzoNobel’s largest production facilities. He... Read more

Joost Hunfeld

General Manager at Omega Pharma

Rotterdam, 30 March 2016|After he studied Fiscal Economics at the University of Tilburg he started out as a tax attorney at Hogan Lovells. He soon... Read more

Wouter Durville

Social Entrepreneur at ONEforONE

Wouter Durville was Consultant at Bain & Company. He made his consulting exit in 2009. Not to another company but he became social entrepreneur and... Read more

Wouter Huygen

Partner at MICompany

Professionals about their career switch Work-life balance, a different industry, learning new skills, more impact… there are many reasons to consider a career switch. But when push comes to shove, it isn’t always so obvious. What’s the best step from …

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Youp Hamburger

Program Manager at RET

Youp Hamburger studied Informatics and Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He was Manager at Accenture and Associate at McKinsey & Company. He made... Read more

Theo van Stuijvenberg

Managing Partner at Annalise

Theo van Stuijvenberg is an investor. He studies Human Resource Management at the Christelijke Hogeschool in Ede, Technology and Organization at the Hogeschool of Utrecht... Read more

Tom Verhaegen

Managing Director at Grolsch

Enschede, 15 Jun 2013 | Tom Verhaegen is Managing Director at Grolsch. Ranst, his hometown, taught him to work hard. Leuven, where he studied, taught... Read more

Willem Brandt

Vice President Customer Development The Netherlands at Unilever

Rotterdam, 4 Sep 2014 | Willem Brandt is Vice President Customer Development at Unilever. The most important lesson of his career? It is all about... Read more

Johan van Vulpen

CO-founder & CEO

Amsterdam, 19 Sep 2015 | Johan van Vulpen studied Engineering Management and Business Administration in Eindhoven and Rotterdam. He started his own business before he... Read more

Willem Veekens

VP Operations at CEVA Logistics

Willem Veekens is VP Business Development at CEVA Logistics. He studied Technical Business Administration at the TU Eindhoven, and specialised in IT & Supply Chain.... Read more

Joris Hupperets

Manager E-mobility at Vattenfall

Amsterdam, 12 May 2014 | Joris Hupperets is currently Manager e-Mobility at Vattenfall. He started his career at Roland Berger as a Senior Consultant and... Read more

Thijs Bosch

Program Manager at Fonterra Europe

Amsterdam, 12 May 2015 | Thijs Bosch was Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company. He exited into becoming the Programme Manager at Fonterra Europe. Today... Read more

Anne Willem de Vries

Investment Associate at Active Capital Company B.V.

Amsterdam, 17 Sep 2015 | Anne Willem de Vries studied at the TU in Delft. When he graduated, he started his career as a Consultant... Read more

Bart-Jan van Hasselt

Senior Consultant at Vintura

Professionals about their career switch Work-life balance, a different industry, learning new skills, more impact… there are many reasons to consider a career switch. But when push comes to shove, it isn’t always so obvious. What’s the best step from …

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Bertjan Davelaar

Sales Director Out of Home at Cloetta

Oosterhout, 15 Jun 2014 | Bertjan Davelaar started his career as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He made his exit in 2013. He... Read more

Bram Ellens

Business Improvement Lead at Naspers

Amsterdam, 17 Sep 2012 | Bram Ellens was Consultant at Roland Berger, he exited into the position of Managing Partner at Harvest Online Business Development... Read more

Bram Tijdhof

Senior Strategy Manager at Ziggo

Utrecht, 17 Sep 2015 | Bram Tijdhof was Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He made his exit in May 2009 to the position of... Read more

Gaelle Derrien

Product Manager at Dior

Paris, 31 May 2015 | Gaelle Derrien was Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company. She made her exit into the world of fashion in 2011.... Read more

Harald Tepper

Department Head Human Biological Traces at NFI

Den Haag, 26 Jan 2015 | Harald Tepper studied Chemical Engineering at the TU in Delft. He started his career at McKinsey & Company. Today... Read more

Joris Drabbe

Manager Commercial Management Support at Praxis DIY

Joris Drabbe was Project Manager at OC&C Strategy Consultants. In 2009 he started working as Manager Commercial Management Support at Praxis DIY. Today he has... Read more

Marcel van Kesteren

CEO of Workx

Zoetermeer, 13 May 2015 | Marcel van Kesteren was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. He made his exit back in 2008 and was CEO... Read more

Mark Weetink

Lead Marketing Intelligence at Ahold

Zaandam, 17 Sep 2015 | Mark Weetink was Senior Manager at Accenture Strategy. In December 2011 he started working at Ahold, as their Lead in... Read more

Marten Strikwerda

Senior Manager Shopper Marketing & E-commerce at Unilever

Rotterdam, 17 Jul 2015 | Marten Strikwerda was Associate Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants. He exited into the position of Senior Manager Shopper Marketing &... Read more

Olaf Gietelink

Director Business Development at TomTom

Amsterdam, 17 Sep 2015 | Olaf Gietelink was Strategy Consultant at McKinsey & Company. He made his exit in March 2011 to TomTom. He started... Read more

Robin Alma

Commercial Director at het Groene Hart Ziekenhuis

Gouda, 31 May 2013 | Robin Alma was Senior Project Manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He made his exit to the Groene Hart Ziekenhuis... Read more

Tessa Houben

Business Development Manager at Marktplaats

Amsterdam, 10 May 2013 | Tessa Houben worked at Bain & Company as Associate Consultant. In August 2011, she exited into the position of Business... Read more

Lars de Kock

Business Development Manager at Deli Maatschappij

What is it you do at Deli? “I am a kind of internal strategy consultant and work on M&A operations at the same time. Deli... Read more