In a world brimming with diverse career paths, Jessika’s story shines as a tale of audacity, adaptability, and commitment to growth. Armed with a Master’s in Governance and Organisation from Tilburg University and an MBA from Nyenrode Business University, Jessika embarked on a unique path that led her from cultural researcher at university to being the Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Services. Let’s dive into her journey, filled with insights, achievements, and lessons that can guide and inspire professionals at any stage of their careers.
Her early focus on policy and organization, coupled with her entrepreneurial background and spirit, steered her into Accenture as a technology consultant with specific focus on change management, where she honed her consulting skills while collaborating with industry giants like ABN AMRO, Nuon, KLM, and Liberty Global.
Seeking a more holistic perspective, Jessika transitioned to the corporate world joining Telfort, a young mobile operator in the Netherlands. Her talents as a Program Manager to the CEO came to the forefront, as she navigated the company through transformative phases, setting it on a trajectory of growth. She then transitioned to @Home as a Director, the precursor of Ziggo, where her leadership helped orchestrate a seamless transition with a triple merger and a successful hitting of the value creation plan and her first management role leading large teams at a young age.
Her career was only starting, as she later assumed a CEO role, overseeing the Benelux region, whilst also being responsible for SME sales across Europe. This demonstrated her ability to drive change across diverse contexts and cultures.
Another turning point arrived when she accepted the role of CEO at IWG Netherlands. Tasked with turning the company around, Jessika leveraged her strategic acumen to make the enterprise profitable once more in a very short timeframe. This experience solidified her reputation as a transformative leader capable of revitalizing organizations.
“I don’t believe in role models. If you pick a role model, you try to replicate them, and I think it takes away from who you are and can be(come).”
Jessika emphasizes the value of authenticity. Believing in oneself, knowing strengths and weaknesses, and staying true yields success beyond imitation. Personal growth stems from aligning with one’s essence rather than trying to conform to external models.