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Paul Donkers

founding partner & leader of tèn company

"my purpose is to help improve strategy execution, to create high performing teams and coach for effective business leaders"

After his deep dive into corporate life as a General Manager, Paul initiated tèn company as an independent entrepreneur in the beginning of 2009. Inspired by the demand from individuals and teams for pragmatic advice, delivered by seasoned executives wìth personal experience. Yet, delivered in a consistent way, supported by proven methodologies and rigorous certification for the consultants.

Before tèn company, Paul worked for 15 years as a general manager in corporate life. Of which four years in the c-suite as a board member for the € 1 billion plus operation in the Benelux of a fortune 500 company. Through his experience, Paul knows what it takes to work in a corporate environment. But also what it really takes to run a business as an 'intrapreneur' in a corporate setting. Including managing the stakeholders involved with the company. Paul is a strong communicator and has a calm character. As a business leader he is known to be hard on the matter, and soft on the people.

Today, tèn company has grown into an truly global firm that is known for it's high impact strategy execution programs for many companies around the world. Building of high performing teams and for their fully personalized one-on-one programs for senior management. Helping successful business leaders get even better.

The differentiator is that all of their programs are always delivered by seasoned executives. Over the years, Paul has worked with more then a 1000 people in their professional life, including working with many companies and leadership teams.

Paul lives with his wife and their two teenage daughters in Breda, just across the border with Belgium in The Netherlands. Right in the middle between Amsterdam and Brussels. He enjoys to play a round of golf, slow food 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 ( 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 1995

Professional Affiliation
  • Toastmasters International
  • LHH Europe alumni


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.

Areas of Expertise
  • Start-up experience. Creator and founder of tèn company.
  • '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
  • 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.
  • Global Executive Coach - International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC
    Executive coaching for emerging ICRC-leaders around the world who are participating in the Red Cross' global leadership development program delivered in Bangkok, Amman and Nairobi.

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

Representative Clients
  • Royal Philips Electronics
  • Electrolux
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Tom Tom
  • Barry Callebaut
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Dell computers
  • Ahold
  • Vivisol
  • Nidera
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