Meet the founder

Bastiaan Fontein


Bastiaan gained over 30 years' experience in providing advice and guidance related to organizational development on talent acquisition, leadership development and succession planning.  He is a strategic partner and counselor to business executives and his extensive experience in search covers a broad range of industry sectors including consumer, manufacturing, financial services, life sciences, technology and professional services.

Bastiaan’s early career was spent in corporate finance with NIBC Bank and he began his search career in 1990 as a consultant with a leading UK based recruitment firm, placing qualified accountants and tax specialists from public practice into commerce and industry.  In 1994, Bastiaan joined a NYSE listed staffing group and established their Dutch branch office.  In 1999, he launched FinanStaff.

He placed over 350 professionals with global and regional headquarters as well as with privately owned and private equity funded companies in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Bastiaan holds an MBA and is fluent in Dutch and English and he has a fair understanding of German and French.

Outside work Bastiaan has keen enthusiasm for any sporting activity that will get him outdoors, onshore and offshore (provided the sun is shining!).
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