Debby de Gelder treedt toe tot directie Centric als Chief People Officer (CPO)

Debby de Gelder joins Centric board as Chief People Officer (CPO)

Gouda 29 November 2021 - As of January 2022, Debby de Gelder will join Centric as Chief People Officer (CPO). In this new board position, Debby will be responsible for the development of all employees in the countries in which Centric operates, in line with Centric’s strategy of prioritizing the professional and personal development of its workforce.

The board position of Chief People Officer has been created to foster a high-performance culture within Centric. This means that employees of Centric embrace change, stay focused on improving the customer experience, and are highly motivated and knowledgeable in their line of work. In addition, the CPO will be responsible for the Human Resources organization in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, and Romania.

Drive change

Johan Taams, CEO of Centric: ‘We are very happy that Debby will join our management team as of next year to drive our customer-centric strategy, in which our current and future employees have a crucial role. This new position in the board underlines the importance we place on the wellbeing and development of a very diverse group of people that work for Centric. As a team player and someone who puts the customer first, Debby is the ideal person to drive the change we are looking for.’

Debby de Gelder treedt toe tot directie Centric als Chief People Officer (CPO)

Exciting journey

Debby de Gelder: ‘To remain the number one choice for our customers, Centric has developed a new customer-centric strategy. There’s a new leadership team that’s willing to face this challenge. Centric will have to retain and attract the right people and support them in their development and the changes needed. This will have an inspiring impact on all Centric employees. The culture within Centric will change in a natural and organic way to become more customer focused. This is the reason I joined Centric, to venture on this exciting journey together with the leadership team and all our employees.’

Debby de Gelder has worked in relevant positions at Visma|Raet as managing director, COO/chief services officer and Director BPO. Before that, she was responsible as VP HR Operations and Manager HR Services at KPN.

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