Carien has an impressive international education and career. After taking a degree in Law at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands and thereafter a Master’s in Business Administration at Harvard Business School, she joined McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. She has had a notable career journey, from Solicitor and Company Lawyer to Consultant at McKinsey & Company, and has held various corporate positions including National Sales Manager, Commercial and Managing Director for GE Information Services, KPN and Versatel. She is an innovator whose forward-thinking approach has led her to found a highly-respected company with the mission to promote diversity and gender equality in the boardroom.

What others say about her:

  • Educated, experienced and respected
  • Connecting is a way of life
  • Innovator and initiator of new ventures
  • Ambitious and persevering
  • Inspiring and forward thinking

Career highlights:

  • McKinsey & Company
  • GE Information Services, KPN, Telecom Noord West, Versatel
  • 2006 Founded an executive search firm for female executives
  • 2011 Co-founder and partner Van der Laan & Company
  • Influenced and united the partners of Karmijn Kapitaal – private equity firm
  • President of the Harvard Business School Club of the Netherlands for 15 years
  • Board member at the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam
  • Board member and Chair of the Equileap Foundation
  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organizations

Carien van der Laan can be reached on +31 653 704 328 and

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