I made the move to IFS, where I got to know Koen on one of my first assignments. We each went our separate ways but kept in touch. We both started our own consulting firms, thus expanding and developing our IFS knowledge and experience. Our visions regarding implementations ended up becoming so close that we decided to deploy them in one company. Which is how Syntrium came to be born.
I always recognized the importance of business processes and IT. To strengthen my knowledge in these fields, I obtained a MBA at ESCP Europe, graduating with a thesis about digitalization in an international bank.
Joining Syntrium using my past experience and academical knowledge to help our clients, was a match made in heaven.
On my trip from R&D Chemist over being a Project Manager to Business Analyst, I was able to load my backpack with a large variety of information to become a Business Consultant. I discovered IFS in 2003 as a key user or SME and already came in contact with Patrick at that time. From of 2013 I worked together with Koen during a couple of IFS upgrades and business process improvement projects in my previous jobs.
Finally in 2021 all pieces of my career-puzzle came together in joining Syntrium to support our customers in the complexity of optimizing their businesses.
In 2007 I decided to start on my own as interim finance professional. Due to my track record and international experience I was quickly performing a similar (interim) role at PartnerTech (currently Scanfil) for their roll-out in the UK. After that I participated in other implementation/roll-outs of IFS ERP for PartnerTech and IFS customers like Hertel, Smit International, Damen Shipyards, Technip, Maersk Drilling, Borr Drilling and SBM Offshore or as interim Solution Manager Finance like at Damen Shipyards and Boccard Services.
During my last project I worked with Patrick Vermeulen again, who trained me back in 2001. By knowing also Koen Gielen, being in same IFS projects in the past, and that we have a similar vision about implementations and optimizing business processes we decided to join forces.
Focusing more on the core business processes, I further broadened my knowledge with related studies in, among others, Business Management (Thomas More) and Business Essentials (Vlerick Business School). It was an ideal combination to prepare the various ERP implementations at the companies I worked for and ensure a smooth go live.
Not surprisingly, I have always been a proponent of information technology systems such as ERP to improve and automate processes.
With a similar mindset, the career switch to Syntrium did seem predetermined.