IT consultancy company Xebia appoints Ellis de Haan (photo) as COO in the Netherlands. Together with CEO Andrew de la Haije and CFO Henk-Jan Westerink, De Haan forms the board of Xebia Netherlands.
34-year-old de Haan comes from the Xebia organization and was responsible for Xebia IT Architects until her appointment as Business Unit Manager. This unit is seen as the stem cell of Xebia, from which new companies within Xebia sprout. Before that she worked at ABN AMRO and in that capacity was a client of Xebia. She has also worked as a consultant herself in the past.
The connecting factor
De Haan is the first woman in Xebia’s management team. The position of COO within Xebia is different from that of other companies, because de Haan does not stand hierarchically above the autonomous units, but focuses on improving and connecting the operation. “As a customer at ABN AMRO, I have already fallen in love with Xebia. On the method. On the values that Xebia upholds. Now I can be a connecting factor within our company from the operational responsibility. I love solving complex puzzles and now I get to do that on a large scale. What our employees want and think is very important. With their input I will make the engine run even better,” says De Haan. She is proud of being the first woman to be appointed to the management team: “I want to set an example for other women, both inside and outside Xebia. Over the past few years, I’ve been pushing for the hiring of female consultants, and with my appointment to the management team, they will also feel represented.”
De la Haije: “Ellis is actually the only person I want to embark on this adventure with. She is the embodiment of our most important values: people first and customer intimacy, because she once worked for a customer and now comes from our organization. With Ellis on our team, I think the three of us, in our respective fields, can add a lot of value to the company.”