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"Talents develop into mature leaders."

Interview with Jan Konijnenberg

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By Jan Konijnenberg

Senior VP & Commercial Supply Chain Lead Personal Health Philips

Jan Konijnenberg is Senior Vice President & Supply Chain Manager at Philips. He is closely involved with the ORMIT trainees working in the In-company programme. We look back on this collaboration with Jan and think about the future of ORMIT and Philips.

Our In-company programme is very challenging. The idea is that the ORMIT-talents spend two years in the programme, before moving onto great management positions at Philips. That idea has turned into reality. I'm very happy that every ORMIT trainee has found a suitable place in our company.  
 
ORMIT trainees are self-aware and ambitious and know what they want. After two years, you can see that they've clearly grown as professionals and as people. I see mature leaders and strong personalities. The training and coaching provided by ORMIT definitely played a part, and this approach is better than training them ourselves.  
 



Jan makes major plays.

The talents are very focused on themselves, in a positive way. They are looking to add value and know clearly what they want from the job. Things were quite different for my own generation. There's also a strong sense of belonging to a group: our eight talents always know where to find each other and are in it together. The learning effects they have on each other and the initiatives they start together ? they organise special themed events, for instance ? are clearly noticeable and a resounding success. All in all, they gave us plenty of reasons to start a second round with new talented trainees, focused entirely on data.  
 
Philips is transforming from an industrial conglomerate into a modern company with a mission: improving the lives of people all over the world. I'm happy that Philips' strategic ambitions appeal to them, because they're socially relevant. 

"Luckily, ORMIT trainees are thoroughbred networkers: they're not afraid to approach new people and their stakeholder management skills have been tried and tested. They are outspoken, independent and enjoy taking the initiative. They truly flourish in change processes. "

By Jan Konijnenberg

Senior VP & Commercial Supply Chain Lead Personal Health at Philips

The talent pool contributes to our transformation projects. ORMIT trainees sow the seeds of change, they have the right mindset to effect change. We have learnt that we need to improve how we communicate with colleagues in different countries: who are these talents and why are they here? Luckily,  ORMIT trainees are thoroughbred networkers: they're not afraid to approach new people and their stakeholder management skills have been tried and tested. They are outspoken, independent and enjoy taking the initiative. They truly flourish in change processes.