Chief of Staff to the CEO
Neways is a leader in electronics for smart mobility, connectivity and semiconductor solutions. Supported by PE fund Infestos, the company is planning its growth phase. The Chief of Staff to the CEO will drive progress and change on all key commercial challenges and play a pivotal role in the future success of Neways.
Neways offers its clients tailor-made electronic components and control systems for their entire product lifecycle: from product development to aftersales services. Their solutions cover three segments: smart mobility, connectivity, and semiconductors. With its cutting-edge technology, Neways is an innovation partner for its clients, empowering progress in EV charging, electric power trains, IoT, 5G, autonomous driving, digitization of healthcare, sustainable agriculture and microchip production.
With its headquarters in Eindhoven, Neways has seven operating companies and three product facilities across The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, China and the US. Their main focus is on small to medium-sized specialist solutions, for which quality, flexibility, and time-to-market are key. In 2021, Neways employed about 2,600 people and reported annual revenues of EUR 470 million.
“We are shaping a sustainable future. With our technology, we enable the energy transition, advance medical applications, and facilitate an approach to product design that integrates circularity and end-of-life solutions.” – Eric Stodel, CEO
In November 2021, Neways became a portfolio company of Infestos – a Dutch family business and PE specializing in industrial and technology-driven businesses. Other previous Infestos portfolio companies include Alfen (energy transition) and NX Filtration (clean water technology). Infestos is a hands-on investor that provides in-depth support across the board. This acquisition gives Neways the momentum and resources to professionalize their way of working and fuels the ambition to double in size over the next five years.
Vacancy: Chief of Staff to the CEO
The Chief of Staff to the CEO will work with and support Neways’ CCO with a main focus on commerce. They are expected to stimulate change and work with the organization to drive the implementation of its strategic plans and initiatives. Eindhoven will be their primary work location and they’ll report directly to CEO Eric Stodel, a seasoned C-level executive.
“Chief of Staff to the CEO is a new position which they can help define as they see fit. It is a perfect match for a consultant who likes a challenge, has the energy to get an organization moving, and thrives on the excitement of not knowing what next month will bring.” – Steven Soederhuizen, COO
The Chief of Staff to the CEO will be a problem-solver for issues without clear-cut answers. This will require confident analytical skills, creativity, a structured problem-solving approach as well as strong communication and leadership skills to drive change in the organization. The work is quite varied and includes pricing, account and sector planning, inventory management, strategy development, procurement, client onboarding and client service models. Through these efforts, this role will move the organization forward and transform Neways to the next level.
Collaboration is a key part of the role. To maximize their impact, the Chief of Staff to the CEO will work closely with colleagues from all parts of the organization. They will support the leadership of the operating companies and their teams to implement the strategy and execute initiatives, which will require periodic site visits. The Chief of Staff will also have frequent interactions with Finance to gather financial data as input for their analyses. As well as being a trusted advisor to the CEO, they will also interact with the other members of the Executive Board and with Infestos.
The recent ownership change makes this the ideal moment to join Neways. The company is entering a time of growth, investments, and professionalization, which will allow the Chief of Staff to the CEO to make a significant impact on a sizeable business. Additionally, the role offers a perfect chance to prepare for a next step in line management.
Neways is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
To express your interest, please contact Vivian den Dekker at email@example.com.