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Karel Leeflang

Advisor Geneva Area, Switzerland, CH

Invested in SoAmpli, StrategyPod and Organizational Capital Partners Steering Committee Member, 20:20 Initiative, Trestle Group Foundation

Invested in SoAmpli, StrategyPod and Organizational Capital Partners Steering Committee Member, 20:20 Initiative, Trestle Group Foundation

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SoAmpli

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Corbion

Positions

Managing Director StrategyPod June 2012 - present
Co Founder & COO SoAmpli September 2013 - present
Board Member - Corbion Group Holdings Corbion December 2015 - present
Steering Committee Member, 20:20 Initiative Trestle Group Foundation September 2014 - present
Managing Director EMEA Organizational Capital Partners January 2014 - April 2016
Non-executive SoMazi Ltd. January 2012 - October 2015
HR Director Retail & Business Banking Barclays Bank June 2011 - August 2012
HR Director, Strategy & Global Expertise Barclays Bank Plc September 2010 - July 2011
Global head of HR CSM September 2009 - September 2010
VP HR Central Europe Unilever October 2006 - August 2009
Head of Global Reward Unilever September 2004 - January 2007
HR Director, M&A and integration Cadbury Schweppes April 2002 - July 2004
International Rewards Director Cadbury Schweppes March 2001 - April 2003
head of compensation Japan Tobacco International 1997 - 2001
Senior Consultant Deloitte January 1992 - October 1997

Education

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne Governance, management, risk, finance 2015 - 2015
Leiden University Law, Tax law 1987 - 1992
Zaria Childrens School, Nigeria 1972 - 1977

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Content marketing
  • • Growth
  • • Email Marketing
  • • Consumer Products
  • • Consumer brands
  • • Brand Development
  • • Customer Experience
  • • International Expansion
  • • Social Media
  • • B2B Strategy
  • • SMEs
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Events
  • • Fashion
  • • Financial Services
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Travel
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Seasoned Swiss-based entrepreneur and corporate executive with multi industry and multi country experience. Strategic and creative thinker focused on driving value through growth and innovation. Strong at senior management coaching.

Particular expertise: strategy and business models, capability building, change and global business transformation.

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Alon Shklarek
We worked together  •  Partner & CEO at asp. group, CUDOS. Board of Director at Sky Plastic, coliquio, HELLO STAGE, docplexus. Harvard Business School alumni
Karel has extensive and invaluable experience in both large multinational as well as start-up and SME environment. He has the rare combinati ... on of great strategic thinking paired with excellent executional skills.
Maz Nadjm
They're my current cofounder  •  Founder, SoAmpli and Founder, SoMazi.
Karel is my current advisor, investor and business partner.
John Baltay
We worked together  •  Managing Director, Fenrix Limited. NYU grad.
Karel is enthusiastic about new technologies, ideas an concepts. He networks really well and is great at bringing people together around ne ... w ideas. He takes on risk easily and is persistent.
Arik Zucker
They're my friends  •  CEO & Founder, Qvanteq AG. Previously Global Product Manager, Straumann.
Karel's broad experiences in various businesses accompanied with his high worth network allows him to turn visions and ideas quickly into re ... ality as he knows where to get appropriate resources and advisors!
Alex Mari
They're my friends  •  Professor of Digital Marketing, Mediaset and Founder & Creative Director, BrandMate.
Karel is a resourceful entrepreneur with uncommon drive to succeed. His strategic thinking enhanced by rare communication skills makes him a ... powerful leader. He is exceptionally organized and goal-oriented.
Ashok Vaswani
We worked together  •  CEO, Personal and Corporate Banking, Barclays. Previously CEO, Retail Banking, Barclays.
Sharp mind, very driven and determined to make a difference. Happy to be out of immediate comfort zone. Can think laterally.
Frank Douglas,Chartered FCIPD
They're my friends  •  CEO, Caerus Executive and Non-Executive Director, Chartered Institue of Personnel and Development.
He has a great knowledge of the commercial aspects of a business and, understands the human capital issues

Hicham Jorio
We worked together  •  Vice President of Interactive Media, exciteM and Pragma Group, Pragma Group.
Hicham researches his topic well and offers an external perspective that allows you as entrepreneur to broaden your perspective and find add ... itional sources of (pace of) growth. Hicham is direct and focused which makes him easy to work with and impactful.

Hatim Chraibi
They're my friends  •  Managing Partner, Link Medical. Previously Senior Product Manager, Cardima. McGill grad.
Hatim is a thoughtful and creative entrepreneur. He has a very open style which makes him easy to work with and allows him to challenge and ... explore the really tough stuff for growth and value creation.

Maz Nadjm
Founder, SoAmpli and Founder, SoMazi.
Maz is focused, tenacious, passionate and inventive. He remains upbeat through challenges and while he sets the course, he learns continuou ... sly and is very happy to take and accept advice. He instils pride in his team and drive value.

John Baltay
Managing Director, Fenrix Limited. NYU grad.
John is a thoughtful and ambitious leader with a broad knowledge base that he gladly shares with his clients and startups. He takes the ide ... a and works it through all the way to implementation providing enough detail and guidance to get things done. He's always on standby to work with his contacts and undo the things that get stuck in the process.

Naud van der Ven
We worked together  •  Owner/operating partner, Naud van der Ven business realization and Executive Director, CycloMedia Technology B.V.
Naud has been CFO in large companies and is one of those "seen it all, done it all" guys, and in the best possible way. He takes no bulls%& ... and meticulously works through your business case, finds the holes and proposes perspectives how to improve. Naud is supportive and creates focus.

Alex Mari
They're my friends  •  Professor of Digital Marketing, Mediaset and Founder & Creative Director, BrandMate.
Alex has developed a simple idea that he will make big. He is smart, focused and understands what it takes. His drive and energy help him ... lead his team to build agile without losing the big picture.

Arik Zucker
They're my friends  •  CEO & Founder, Qvanteq AG. Previously Global Product Manager, Straumann.
Arik has a clear vision of making certain medical treatments easier on patients and much cheaper. Arik and team innovate to create the equip ... ment needed. He goes where others have stopped and has proven he can do what he says. He understands both the tech part as well as the route to market and is convincing in communicating and showcasing his "good for patients, good for business" mantra.

Alon Shklarek
We worked together  •  Partner & CEO at asp. group, CUDOS. Board of Director at Sky Plastic, coliquio, HELLO STAGE, docplexus. Harvard Business School alumni
Alon is a highly experienced management consultant, but not a traditional consultant who advises from the sidelines. He's a player/manager ... who takes his broad knowledge and experience and applies it pragmatically to his advisees. Concrete, resourceful, focused and impactful and someone who is fun to be with. Work hard, play hard!

Erik Capoccetta
They're my friends  •  Founder & CTO, SportAround.me. Previously Intern, South Beach Estates, Miami, FL.
Erik has a great idea and the passion to make it happen. A born networker, he finds the help he needs to accelerate his idea to reality. O ... penminded bust focused, agile and focused! In addition, a great person to be with!

Jonathan Skelly
They're my friends  •  CEO, Soil Scout. Previously VP Business Development, Soil Scout.
Jon is a passionate and driven CEO. He's focused on the big picture and creates the environment in which highly technical people understand ... how they create value for customers. This creates a natural customer experience and competitive advantage for the firm.