Jan Schaap | Senior Partner

Jan Schaap serves as a Senior Partner N2Growth Benelux, with offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. He started his career as management consultant at the Dutch Telecom company where he later became Commercial Director of the Amsterdam region. After 12 years in the telecom industry Jan joined General Electric Plastics where he was appointed European HR manager. He became a frequent participant in Executive HR programs at Crotonville (NY), the GE Management Development Institute.

Jan began his career in executive search at Eurosurvey, one of the first executive search firms in The Netherlands. After two years running his own firm he became Partner and member of a team who successfully established Korn Ferry International in The Netherlands. His interest in corporate governance and the importance of highly qualified non-executive directors has lead to an annual survey and related conferences and publications.

After three years at Korn Ferry, Jan was appointed Managing Partner Benelux at ATKearney Executive Search, a division of ATKearney Management Consultants. This fitted well with his believe that executive search should be part of a broader services portfolio.

Through the years he focused on senior level executive and non-executive search assignments across many different industries. With the ambition to create a pool of highly experienced candidates for non-executive positions he initiated the successful New Board Program at the Nyenrode University in 2005, which is currently running for the 11th consecutive year.

Jan eventually started a new executive search firm in 2008 where he created a cross industry leadership development project with a large group of HR Directors. With the extended life expectancy in mind he also fathered a career management peer coaching program for executives. Jan has become a great believer of action learning and peer coaching for senior executives as well as non-executives.

During his 31 years in the Executive Search industry he has demonstrated to be an independent thinker and a creative provider of leadership solutions. Jan was born and raised in Amsterdam. He is a father of 3 sons and two daughters and is happily married for more than 30 years.