Research and in-depth interviews

The research is based on an independent survey, commissioned by Robert Half and conducted in July and August 2012, among 200 group or divisional finance directors in the Netherlands, as part of a broader survey of 1,000 companies across five European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. In addition to the survey, 16 in-depth interviews were conducted by Longitude Research with financial professionals and experts.

We would like to thank the following Dutch and European interviewees for their participation in this report:

  • André Oerlemans, CFO, Weight Watchers Benelux. (the Netherlands)
  • Antoine Bayon de Noyer, CFO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and ex-CFO for France (France)
  • Antoine Grenier, CFO, France, Altran (France)
  • Byron Rader, Former CFO, Microsoft France (France)
  • David Smith, CFO, Edwards (UK)
  • Diederik Bossuyt, VP and Group Controller, Belgacom (Belgium)
  • Dr Joachim Jaeckle, Corporate SVP: financial operations, Henkel (Germany)
  • Frank Plaschke, Partner and Global Topic Leader: Office of the CFO, BCG (Germany)
  • Gary Rourke, VP finance, AstraZeneca (UK)
  • Michel Allé, CFO, SNCB and Finance Professor, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium)
  • Nathalie de Wachter, Regional Finance Director, AstraZeneca (UK)
  • Peter Simons, technical specialist, CIMA (UK)
  • Stuart Rollings, Finance Director: Personal Current Accounts, Lloyds Banking (UK)
  • Thibault de Tersant, EVP and CFO, Dassault Systèmes (France)
  • Thierry Vernier, Vice President, Plan & Financial Control, Sanofi (France)
  • Wolfgang Zorn, Area Controller DACH, Avaya Deutschland GmbH (Germany)



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