Capgemini Consulting names Marc Burger Head of Dutch business

27 March 2018 Consultancy.eu

Capgemini Consulting has appointed Marc Burger as the new CEO of its Dutch country organisation. Burger, who has been working for the consultancy practice of Capgemini since the summer of 2012, succeeds Mark Hofland.

“I am confident that Marc Burger will further strengthen our position as a leader in digital transformation,” said Volkmar Varnhagen, who is responsible for Capgemini Consulting for the Central Europe region (the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria). 

Burger brings more than 17 years of experience in business consultancy to his new role. After starting his career at KPMG Consulting, he then worked for Trompenaars-Hampden Turner, a Netherlands-origin boutique consultancy specialised in change management and culture (Trompenaars-Hampden Turner was acquired by the People & Change wing of KPMG Advisory in 2015).

In 2006, Burger joined Deloitte, where he ascended the ranks to become a Director in the Human Capital business of Deloitte Consulting. In the role of Head of the Organization Change service line, he led a team of around 40 consultants focused on providing human capital and change management services to clients. After six years at the Big Four firm, Burger moved over to Capgemini Consulting, one of the larger consultancies in the world with a team of 3,000 consultants in over 20 countries. Capgemini Consulting is part of French IT giant Capgemini, which itself ranks as a top 10 IT services provider globally with 200,000 employees and a turnover of €12.8 billion. 

Cyril Garcia, Volkmar Varnhagen, Marc Burger. Capgemini Consulting

Burger started at Capgemini Consulting as Vice President and as head of the People & Performance practice. After having held a number of internal roles with increasing responsibility, including Industry Leader from the Manufacturing & Life Science Industry group, he has now been appointed to the highest position in the consultancy: Country Head Netherlands. He will be responsible for all activities of the consulting unit, from sales and business development to thought leadership and the execution of engagements with clients. He succeeds Mark Hofland, who himself succeeded Johan van den Arend Schmidt in early 2016. 

Burger will remain active for clients – “I will continue to be involved as senior advisor in setting up and executing major business transformations at clients,” said the new CEO to Consultancy.eu. Burger himself specialises in human capital strategy, large-scale business transformation and digitisation.

“During his consultancy career, he has demonstrated strong operational and leadership skills by supporting CxOs in various business transformations on a global scale with in-depth expertise in the digital domains and by leading our manufacturing practice. He is the right person to continue our growth momentum in the region,” remarked Varnhagen.

Internationally, Burger reports to the German Varnhagen and the Frenchman Cyril Garcia, the global boss of Capgemini Consulting. In the Netherlands he is a member of the Executive Committee of Capgemini Netherlands, which further consists of Jeroen Versteeg (chairman of the board), Mark Grimberg, Jorge Sobrino and Lout van Montfoort (ad interim).

On top of his advisory work, Burger, who obtained his doctorate in the field Organizational Anthropology, is a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam (track: Communication & Organizational Change).

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019 Consultancy.eu

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”