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CEOx1Day – Odgers Berndtson

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CEOx1Day is a program exclusive to Odgers Berndtson, powered by Sefa and STAR Rotterdam. The program matches thriving full-time masters and ambitious bachelor students from across the Netherlands with some of the nation’s finest CEOs from both private and public sectors. Sefa Amsterdam and STAR Rotterdam have partnered with Odgers Berndtson to organise the first edition in the Netherlands.

CEOx1Day already takes place in twelve countries, and has hosted many CEOs. Examples are Sony, Unilever, Vodafone, ING, Accenture and many more.

Chief Executives from major Dutch companies are collaborating with Odgers Berndtson’s global program to give students the chance to be a CEO for the Day and experience life through a CEO’s eyes.

CEOx1Day is designed to uncover some of the Netherlands most promising future leaders and give them an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive.

Undergraduates apply to spend a day with a top Chief Executive to learn about the responsibility and complexities required to lead some of the Netherlands’ leading business and organisations.

At the same time, CEOs can better understand what drives the next generation of leaders.

Deadline for registration is Sunday, the 14th of October.

Participating CEOs

  • Daphne de Kluis – CEO ABN AMRO NL
  • Patrick Lammers – CEO Essent
  • Frans Muller – CEO Ahold Delhaize
  • Ernst Kuipers – CEO van Erasmus MC University Medical Center
  • Onno van de Stolpe – CEO Galapagos

More will be announced soon, keep an eye on our facebook event for updates!

Applicants will go through an extensive screening process in November. Eventually five students will be selected to walk in the shoes of a CEO for one day in January 2019.

If you have any questions about the event, or the application process, feel free to send us an email:

“We believe that CEOx1Day is a fantastic initiative creating a wonderful day for the best students and CEO’s bringing in fresh insights and resulting in an unforgettable day. In a world where changes are rapidly evolving on multiple axes, we want to make sure that change is done in a realistic and positive manner. Speaking the same language is just one part of it, albeit very important. This program sets out to do just that in a short framework. The candidates can get a true sense of the current working environment where CEOs are often surprised with the capabilities and way of thinking of the students. In that respect, a true win-win situation. We are proud to be part of this initiative.”

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Ed van der Sande
Managing Partner at Odgers Berndtson

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