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Paul Donkers



"my purpose is to help companies, teams and their leaders to be the best version of themselves."

Paul started his professional life as General Manager for a division of a Fortune 500 company. Always with full profit & loss, commercial and operational end responsibility. Paul initiated tèn company as a start-up entrepreneur in the beginning of 2009. Despite the strong economic headwind at the time, Paul felt it was the right timing for him to launch tèn company. Inspired by the need for pragmatic advice in the market, given by consultants with personal experience.

Paul knows through his personal experience what it takes to be successful as a senior manager in a corporate situation. And also what it really takes to do a start-up, take calculated risks and to run your own business as entrepreneur. Working in global partnerships, expanding internationally, expanding into new market segments and maintaining profitability at the same time. 

Paul works as a writer, an editor, as executive coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker and trainer.

When working with clients, Paul uses his broad skill set and experience to achieve meaningful results for his clients. Paul is experienced and strong in working with global senior leadership teams. To inspire people, to facilitate teams and to achieve tangible results for tèn's clients.

Since it's creation in 2009, under Paul's leadership, tèn company has grown into a global boutique firm. A firm that's known for it's high impact strategy execution programs for clients around the world. Building of high performing teams and for their fully personalized one-on-one programs for senior managers. Combining the hard and the soft side of management.

Over the last 25 years, Paul has worked with thousands of people around the globe. Including working with many companies and leadership teams. From the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Paul lives with his wife and their two teenage daughters in Breda, in the southwest corner of The Netherlands. Ideally located an hour from Amsterdam and an hour from Brussels. With easy acces to the airports. He enjoys slow food, Bonsai trees and to explore the globe with his family.

Global Experience
  • Founding partner of tèn company, with a global client portfolio, international projects
  • Working in the Global LHH Organization in a senior management role from 1999 - 2009
  • Working as General Manager for LHH in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg between 2006 - 2009
  • Languages: Dutch mother-tongue, English full professional proficiency. French & German advanced. Basic understanding of Italian.

Corporate experience
  • Initiated and launched American outplacement firm Lee Hech Harrison in The Netherlands in 1999 as 'intrapreneur'. Served as it's General Manager from 2000 - 2006
  • General Manager LHH Belgium, LHH The Netherlands and LHH Luxemburg from 2006 - 2009
  • Member of Executive Committee of the parent company of LHH, The Adecco Benelux group from 2006 - 2009 (size: app. 1 billion € in revenue)
  • Member of European leadership team of Lee Hecht Harrison

Lifelong learning
  • Leading your small business through it's lifecylce. Harvard Business School (Harvard, Boston, USA, 2014)
  • Personal Directions™ from Management Research Group (Dublin 2013)
  • Hogan Dark Side Assessment™ from Hogan Assessment Systems Inc. (London 2012)
  • Sales Performance Assessment™ from Management Research Group (Dublin 2012)
  • Stakeholder Centered Coaching, Marshall Goldsmith Institute/Prism (Salt Lake City, USA, March 2011)
  • Management Research Group (www.mrg.com): 360 degree Strategic Leadership Development, (London, UK, september 2009)
  • LHH (various trainings in delivery & sales between 1999 - 2008)
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (Brussels, Belgium, 2002)
  • SHL, Occupational Personality Questionaire (Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1999)
  • Bsc. (undergraduate) in Career Management & Human Resources from Academy Man Labour in 1995, cum laude, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Achievements
  • Global coaching leadership award, World Coaching Congress, Mumbai, India, February 2016
  • President's award for Exceptional team performance in 2004 (strategic team sale & delivery to Sara Lee worldwide) from Lee Hecht Harrison Worldwide, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • President's award for Exceptional Performance by a General Manager in 2001 from Lee Hecht Harrison Worldwide, Naples, Florida, USA
  • 2nd prize Thierry award for best Thesis from Catholic University Brabant in Tilburg, The Netherlands in 1999

Publications

Master of your own destiny. e-book. November 2015. In their powerful book, global executive coaches Herman van Herterijck and Paul Donkers share the proven methodology they use with their clients around the world. Available for download via www.tencompany.eu

Regisseer je eigen loopbaansucces. ISBN 978-94-91121-02-9. Authors: Paul Donkers & Herman van Herterijck, 2014. Dutch book on how to become the master of your own career success. Pragmatic tools on how to approach your own career as a small business owner. Using proven techniques from corporate environments and integrate them into personal & professional development.

IKIGAI Card Game October 2017. Unique Card game to help people identify their purpose, their IKIGAI. Sold globally. More information here

Areas of Expertise
  • Start-up. Creator and founder of tèn company early 2009
  • 'Intrapreneur' of two companies: LHH The Netherlands (created in 1999) & LHH Luxembourg (created in 2008)
  • Revitalizing a company and turn around management (e.g. LHH Belgium: 2008)
  • Executive Coaching - Leadership Development, specialty: working with strong characters
  • Global and Multicultural Team building
  • Executive leadership and board positions
  • Succession and next generation leadership
  • Public companies / Fortune 500
  • Large family owned companies


Levels of Experience
  • Board of directors
  • CEO – CFO
  • EVP's, SVP


Charity work & non-executive work

Global Executive Coach - International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC
Executive coach for some of their leaders around the world. Leaders who are selected to participate in the Red Cross' global leadership development program are entitled to some one-on-one coaching. To accelerate their development. Paul works with the Red Cross on this project since their start of this leadership program back in 2013. Paul has delivered coaching and consulting to local leaders in Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Geneva Headquarters and some other countries.

Member of the supervisory board- Stichting de Uitdaging
Member of the supervisory board overseeing the work of Foundation 'De Uitdaging' in The Netherlands. The goal of the foundation is to coach young adults with a mental handicap, through offering them employment and experience in their own restaurant, to the regular labour market.

Columnist Hearst Magazines. Dutch Quote Magazine.
Paul writes on a regular basis for Hearsts Dutch Quote Magazine. Access Paul's columns for Quote via www.quotenet.nl

Industry and functional experience
  • General Management and c-suite
  • Finance & Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Working in matrix
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods
  • High tech electronics
  • Pharma
  • Non Governmental Organisations


Representative Clients
  • Royal Philips Electronics
  • Electrolux Professional
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products
  • Barry Callebaut Gourmet
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Dell computers
  • Ahold (bol.com)
  • Vivisol (Sol Group)
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