Manon van Beek
former Country Managing Director
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
"The real art of juggling is not about catching balls, but about throwing them right."
I joined Accenture in 1996 and became Coutry Managing Director Accenture the Netherlands in 2013 with a strong focus on growth through innovation, digital transformation and leadership. I was also the lead of Accenture’s Strategy practice for utilities in EALA (Europe, Africa, Latin America) and have worked for Utilities clients for almost 25 years.
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Manon grew from Business Analyst to Practice Lead Utilities Industry, to Management Consulting Practice Lead for the Benelux and eventually to Country Managing Director of Accenture Netherlands. Amid all these changes, there has been a clear constant in her career since her first job: “For my very first assignment in 1996, I was asked to visualize the trends and developments for the next ten years for the energy sector. Since then I have developed an increasing love for sustainability and the energy transition.” The themes of energy and sustainability are therefore a recurring theme in her time at Accenture: “The whole liberalization of the energy sector and the introduction of all new things that we now find normal - green energy, split companies, electric transport - I have helped customers to write plans for it. These are comprehensive projects that each took about two to three years of my life, more than full-time. ” It always goes without saying for Van Beek that she has always kept a passion for the development towards sustainability within the energy sector: “The whole issue is of course crucial, it is our future. I get out of bed for that, for things that matter.”.
"For me, work and private life are closely interwoven. I had to learn how to get the balance right the hard way."
“What I always tell people is that they are the CEOs of their own career, and that they need to plan their next step and make their ambitions known. To do this, you sometimes need a helping hand and some good advice. And if you’re the CEO of your own career, it’s crucial you also have a Supervisory Board: people who have your best interests at heart and who can help you with important decisions. By sharing my dilemmas, I also show my vulnerability. This way, you get to know yourself better: as a leader, but also as a person. I hope to inspire and encourage others in this way.”
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