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The new year is now a few months underway, so we thought it would be good to look back at 2017 once more.

We had a successful 4th edition of the Mandaat Master Course in conjunction with Leiden University. 17 participants took in 4 days of the latest insights and found solutions to many an interesting case, under the guidance of Professor Jan Adriaanse.

June’s C-Level meeting was very inspirational. Professor Alan Muller of Groningen University discussed the relationship between international expansion and a company’s financial performance.

We also mustn’t forget Mandaat’s smash hits: Mandaat evenings and the Christmas party we organized with our neighbors BBA for our clients and other connections.

Mandaat enjoyed a very good year! It was our first as the exclusive Dutch representative within the WIL Group ( Mandaat is now a proud partner in a worldwide network of firms that set the tone in interim management.

In sourcing and selecting top executives for our Dutch clients, we were able to rely on our new colleagues in Shanghai and Singapore. We successfully filled positions in China (Post Acquisition Integration Manager), Vietnam (HR Manager), Malaysia (Site Manager), thanks to them. Our Flexpats, Dutch professionals in the international arena, contributed to our good results as well.

Beyond this, Mandaat supplied an E-commerce Manager for legendary denim brand Levi Strauss in Brussels, thanks to a tip-off from our British WIL member. Back in the Netherlands, we received a lead from our Scandinavian partners regarding Axel Christiernsson. We ended up finding the General Manager for the Dutch division of the Swedish manufacturer of industrial lubricants.

Together with the special asset management departments of banks, we managed to once again serve companies that found themselves in heavy weather, out of the deep water.

It’s now another year, filled to the brim with activities, and we hope that our paths may cross!