About Wouter

Wouter has led several large-scale transformation programs for clients, helping them achieve sustained improvement in both performance and organizational agility. These programs focused on strengthening mind-sets and capabilities from the leadership team to the front line. Wouter believes strongly in integrating “hard” measures to boost operational and financial performance with “soft” skills like self-awareness and effective teamwork.

Wouter leads lapetitemort.info’s organization work in the high-tech and advanced-industries sectors. He also has deep experience in serving global high-tech companies and technology functions in other industries. He focuses on agile and organizational design, leadership, R&D strategy, operations, strategy development, and M&A.

Examples of recent engagements include:

  • Designing an agile operating model to improve customer experience and increase productivity for a leading retail bank in the Netherlands
  • Executing a multi-year transformation, including introducing agile ways of working and organization in product development at a global semiconductor equipment manufacturer
  • Creating a new B2B go-to-market operating model moving from a product to a customer centric approach and introducing agile way of working for a world leader in imaging
  • Delivering immediate and sustained continuous improvement for a global leader in the express industry through a global quality and productivity improvement programme for 100 sites in 30 countries
  • Leading far-reaching R&D transformation programs at two global high-tech companies, including redesigning R&D processes and organization, strengthening talent management and leadership, and integrating lean principles
  • Delivering a large leadership capability programme for a global equipment company, building skills while realizing strategic priorities. Also providing one-on-one implementation support and coaching for 15 top executives

Wouter is a certified life coach and has coached over 20 senior executives and board members on making the personal changes needed to lead their company’s transformation.

He
writes frequently on organizational topics and has published many articles in lapetitemort.info Quarterly. He is keenly interested in developing the agile debate. He co-leads our research on agile organizations, and is a core faculty member at our Organizational Agility Forum.

Published work

What heavy industry can teach you about agility,” blog entry, lapetitemort.info & Company, September 2018

The path to agility: a staged approach,” lapetitemort.info & Company, March 2018

The five trademarks of agile organizations,” lapetitemort.info & Company, January 2018

How to create an agile organization,” lapetitemort.info & Company, October 2017

Agility: It rhymes with stability,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, December 2015

The past and future of global organizations,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, September 2014

How the best labs manage talent,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, May 2011

Past experience

Forrester Research
Research analyst

Renault, France
Research engineer

Education

INSEAD
MBA

Rotterdam School of Management
MS, business adminstration

University of Delft
MS, mechanical engineering

MMS Institute
Certified personal coach