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Jan-Bart Smits

International Chair

Global Practice Leader, Technology
Managing Partner

Jan-Bart Smits is the Managing Partner of the Stanton Chase Amsterdam office in The Netherlands. He is also the Global Leader for the firm’s Technology and Professional Services Practice Groups. In these leadership roles, he provides guidance and facilitates collaboration among the other specialized consultants at Stanton Chase around the world.

Jan-Bart partners with prestigious clients in the Technology and Professional Services sectors, and he brings particular expertise in high-level search assignments, including CxO and non-executive Board roles. Approximately 70% of Jan-Bart’s searches are international; in some cases, this requires tapping into an international pool of candidates, and other times the candidate can be based in any location. Jan-Bart’s decades of experience, combined with his tireless pursuit to stay abreast of cutting-edge developments in Technology and Professional Services, make him a powerful leader and partner in the global executive search business.

Jan-Bart started his career in executive search in 1990 with Expand, a local search and selection firm based in the south of The Netherlands. After a stint of a little over a year at a reseller of software he returned to search business Nicholson International and, from 1997 onwards, at Korn/Ferry International. Based in Amsterdam, Jan-Bart ran the Technology and Professional Services Practice for The Netherlands, he was a member of the e-Business Practice for two years (running the European e-Business Practice for one), and he managed the European account with several Technology clients. During 2007 Jan-Bart moved to Dubai to join the Korn/Ferry Middle East and Northern Africa office, for which he ran the Technology and Professional Services Practices.

Jan-Bart’s hobbies include golf and driving his Harleys. He holds an MSc in Astronomy from the Leiden University in The Netherlands. His mother tongue is Dutch, he is fluent in English, and he has a solid command of German, French, and speaks some Italian.

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Executive Search and Leadership Advisory Firm in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Prins Mauritslaan 23
1171 LP Badhoevedorp
The Netherlands

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Phone: +31 20 662 7447
Email: amsterdam@stantonchase.com

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The Stanton Chase Team

The Stanton Chase team includes partners, directors, consultants, researchers, and administrators in countries around the globe. Our service model in retained executive search, assessment, and recruitment remains unparalleled in the industry, as we provide sophisticated, in-depth, global coverage with the personal services like that of a boutique firm. We are proud of our widespread executive search groups: our Global Industry Practice Groups feature members with expertise in every major industry while our Functional Practice Groups provide extraordinary competencies in our leadership consultation services.