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Peter de Jong

Managing director, regional VP—EMEA, Stanton Chase International

Company Info: Stanton Chase International

Web site:

Address: Amsterdamseweg 206, 1182 HL Amstelveen, Netherlands

Phone: 31 20 662 74 47


Advice: Follow your heart, have the guts to involve your subordinates, put them in the limelight as they need to feel the empowerment and responsibility for what they do. Ownership, involvement, and giving credit lead to commitment, succession planning, and long-term success.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Strategic overview, guts/decisiveness, credibility (both stature and proven success), authenticity, natural flair, proven adaptability. Most of all, when executing a search, the chemistry with the company, the direct boss, and the direct leadership team: Do they play the same song, have the same heartbeat to jointly be successful?

Sector specialization: Consumer products and services, business to business/foodservices; life sciences & pharma

Job function specialization: GMs, senior marketing, sales, HR, and finance executives

Geographical Focus: Primarily EMEA and Netherlands

Companies I often recruit for: CSM, Heineken, Unilever, LG Electronics, Lamb Weston

Favorite historical figure: Nelson Mandela. What a passionate will to give to others, a determination, commitment, drive, etc. One of a kind indeed.

Education: MBA, specialized in marketing and international business

Languages: Dutch, English, German, French

Employment history: Stanton Chase International Executive Search, VP EMEA and Consultant, 2002 to present; Amrop Hever Group Executive Search, Consultant, 2000-02; Metro Cash & Carrry, Operations Director, 1998-2000; Unilever, Marketing & Sales Director Snacks, 1990-98; Nestlé, Senior Brand Manager Nescafé & Nesquik, 1988-89

Other interests: Family, people, Harley-Davidson, golf, fitness, squash, music, travel

Professional/Membership Affiliations: AESC

Experience in executive search consulting: 9 years

High Profile Placement: 2007 Global Brand Communication Director, Heineken

Other paths I might have pursued: Veterinarian, children's doctor, professional sportsman

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Fortunately, it's still about people development, empathy, and adaptability.

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