Arjan Overwater

Dr Arjan Overwater is an entrepreneur and leadership coach with a unique track record in both CEO and HR leadership roles.

He was the CEO for Unilever in East Europe and, before that, the senior VP for Global HR at Unilever. He has also worked for Shell in the Netherlands and UK, and Coca-Cola in Belgium. Between 2006 and 2016, Arjan was based in London and Vienna, as co-partner in a business consulting firm, working as an executive coach with CEOs and board members of large global organisations. Subsequently he concentrated on reorganizing and running luxury food companies.

He currently supports the boards of a number of fast-growing food and fashion companies in the UK, Netherlands and USA, and chairs the board of a technology company in Belgium. Arjan is the co-owner of a food brand in the Netherlands with exports to the USA.

Arjan’s work with senior teams and executives aims at transforming their business and personal performance by aligning Purpose, Values and Strategy at all levels of their organization. He works with a holistic approach, attending to the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of well-being as the base for sustainable personal performance.

He has contributed to and taught undergraduate and MBA programs at Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School and in the MBA program at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, as well as lecturing widely on strategy and leadership. Arjan served on the board of the Society of Organisational Learning (SOL) and sits on the European advisory board of Human Rights Watch.

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