EWOUT VAN JARWAARDE Brenntag is well positioned as the global market leader with a strong history of continued growth in a still highly fragmented market. Moreover, I am deeply convinced that Brenntag has tremendous potential to grow globally and to lead our industry in all dimensions. I have always been passionate about developing strategy, shaping and transforming organizations and building businesses. At Brenntag, I get to do what I am passionate about. The transformation journey has now started as we embark on the disciplined execution of Project Brenntag, which will build our foundation for future growth. In addition, realizing digital and data-driven opportunities is an important basis for serving our customers and suppliers better and driving our growth. I very much look forward to working together with my colleagues on the Board of Management and Brenntag’s passionate management team to lead the company into shaping the future of our industry.
EvJ To fuel a transformation and lasting change, a company sometimes needs fresh, outside-in perspectives and a new sound to unlock the potential in the organization and unite the people. Prior to joining Brenntag, I worked as CEO for a tech company that disrupted established markets. Before that, I was partner at McKinsey & Company, working across different industries. I am convinced that I can provide fresh impetus to our transformation, which amongst other things requires disciplined execution, building organizational agility, managing performance and health, building a forward-looking agenda and establishing a digital and data-driven mindset. Being a chemical engineer by training helps me to create the bridge to the chemical distribution reality.
EvJ As Chief Transformation Officer, I will initially focus on Project Brenntag while building the foundations for the next stage of growth. Project Brenntag will merely be an initial milestone in our transformation journey and will return us to sustainable organic earnings growth. However, I believe that Brenntag has significantly more potential. Therefore, another focus will be building the foundations for Brenntag’s next steps both in digital and data and beyond.
EvJ For me, it starts with creating a collective vision of where we want to go and then finding ways to make our flywheel spin. This is all about winning the hearts and minds of our people, closely involving them in the transformation journey and empowering the organization to drive the change in their domains. We need to streamline the collective energy in our organization and establish a joint “can-do” mindset combined with a culture of trust, transparency and listening. At the same time, we need to build the future capabilities the organization needs.