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Paul Donkers

"my purpose is to assist companies, teams and their business leaders to continue to be successful in our time of sustainability and disruption."

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 difficult economic conditions at the time, Paul thought it was the right timing for him to launch tèn company. Inspired by the need for actionable advice in the market, given by consultants with personal experience.

Through personal experience Paul knows what it takes to be successful as a senior manager in a corporate environment. But also what it really takes to do a start-up during a crisis, 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 today as executive coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker, writer and trainer.

When working with clients, Paul uses his skills to achieve meaningful results for his clients. Paul is particularly interested to work with senior leadership teams. Addressing their most difficult topics. Their elephants in the room. To create the conditions for exchange. Working with them on their soft and hard issues. Co-create their strategy and implement strategy execution. Simply because these challenges are always connected to each other.

Since it's creation in 2009, under Paul's leadership, tèn company has developed into a global firm. tèn company is known today for.
  1. Orchestration of strategy execution programs.
  2. Building of high performing teams.
  3. One-on-one programs for business leaders.

Over the years, Paul has worked with thousands of people around the globe. Including companies and leadership teams. From the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa 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 direct acces to Schiphol airport. He enjoys slow food, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, music and reading.

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 Hecht 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 ( 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

  • 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


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

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 and global leadership teams
  • 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 their worldwide leaders. 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

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 (
  • Vivisol (Sol Group)
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