McKinsey Germany partner Thomas Netzer joins Wayfair as COO Europe

17 May 2018

Thomas Netzer, a partner at McKinsey & Company in Germany, has joined Wayfair as Chief Operating Officer for Europe. Netzer, who served the US strategy consultancy for more than two decades, is based in Wayfair’s Berlin office.

Founded in 2002 by entrepreneurs Niraj Shah and Steve Conine, Wayfair is today with a revenue of $4.8 billion one of the globe’s larger e-commerce companies. The organisation, headquartered in Boston, specialises in the home goods markets (home furnishings, décor items, accessories,etc), with its portfolio of brands and websites including Joss & Main, AllModern, Birch Lane and Perigold. Wayfair has offices and warehouses across North America and Europe – Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

New in the boardroom of Wayfair Europe is Thomas Netzer, who has been tasked with leading the firm’s European growth ambition. “As one of Wayfair’s most senior leaders, Thomas will be responsible for growing Wayfair’s European sales and service organisation, overseeing the European CastleGate warehousing business, managing all European supply chain functions and driving forward Wayfair EU’s product innovation,” said Wayfair’s global Chief Operating Officer James Savarese.Thomas Netzer, Chief Operating Officer Europe - WayfairNetzer brings with him over 20 years of experience working in global transportation and infrastructure for McKinsey & Company. During his 22 years at the leading global management consultancy, of which 15 years were as a partner, he focused on the transportation and the infrastructure industry and co-led McKinsey’s global Logistics practice. Between 2006 and 2012 he played an instrumental role in building McKinsey’s transportation and infrastructure practice in India, helping one of India’s largest airports with doubling its cargo business and the government with transportation development plans, among other projects.

Commenting on his new employer, Netzer said; “Wayfair is not only uniquely positioned to lead the online development of the home market in Europe due to its strong focus on logistics and thereby overall customer satisfaction. It also follows a very value-driven and data-oriented management approach, which will allow the company to attract outstanding talent and build proprietary solutions in an increasingly digital business environment.”

Global COO Savarese, who is based in Boston, said he is delighted with the addition of the experienced recruit, stating; “With more than 11 million active customers globally, optimised logistics are the linchpin in helping to drive customer satisfaction. Under Thomas’s strategic leadership, we are looking forward to optimising our operational approach, enabling us to fulfil our promise of a seamless end-to-end shopping experience, from discovery to delivery in the most efficient way possible.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

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.”