Martijn Cornelis started as CFO at Humares, the current TecqGroep, in May 2015.
Originally, Cornelis was trained as an officer in the air force at the Royal Military Academy (KMA). After working for the air force for 10 years in various national and international financial positions, he transitioned into the business world. First as a controller at Stork (Fokker Elmo) and then as a finance manager at Sodastream. He then worked as CFO Benelux at Altran, a registered French company in high-tech engineering consulting and secondment, for seven years.
His final position before joining the management of Humares was as a financial director at Misco, active in the sale of IT hardware and IT services.
"The key to success is the ability to distinguish yourself from the competition by truly understanding the needs of clients and technical specialists, in order to create a match that leads to sustainable relationships. Passion for technology and passion for people are key here."
The world is changing at a rapid pace. People are barely done talking about 'the crisis' and the next recession is already around the corner. In between, the economy has recovered at an amazing pace. The markets are flourishing, companies are reporting good results and the labour market has become quite overheated. Technology plays a key role in this. This offers opportunities, but also threats.
Technological developments are happening fast. The short-term impact of this is often overestimated: life will not suddenly look completely different next week or even next year. However, the long-term impact is often underestimated. Think back to the world without computers, mobile phones or apps on your iPhone. Robotisation, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, Internet of Things, big data and blockchain will change everyone's lives drastically. And this is all happening in an unpredictable environment (what technology breaks through and what doesn't make it?) in which boundaries fade and the world becomes ever smaller. And to make things even more complex, this all has to happen in a sustainable way, according to strict laws and regulations and with respect for people's privacy.
Whichever way you look at it, the technological developments can only be realised by people. Technical specialists make the progress possible, and the users - whether these are companies, governments or persons - must use the new technologies to live their lives differently, set up and lead their business differently, seize opportunities or simply avoid getting left behind. The developments are happening so fast that you need to be able to adjust continuously. That requires enormous flexibility, such as for companies who need to find and attract the right people. And these technical people are scarce.
We immerse ourselves in the client. What does the client do, what do they want to achieve and how do they want to achieve that goal? And how can we help them with that? On the other hand, we know the market of technical specialists. It is not a given that a specialist will choose the client. Does the assignment contribute to the further development of the specialist? What value can we add for the specialist? What developments needs to they have?
The TecqGroep brings together clients with a need for technical expertise and the scarce technical specialists with an eye for the needs of the client and the needs of the specialist. The key to success is the ability to distinguish yourself from the competition by truly understanding the needs of clients and technical specialists, in order to create a match that leads to sustainable relationships. Passion for technology and passion for people are key here.
Martijn Cornelis, CFO