We are an independent firm with a track record of innovation and success across the total spectrum of treasury, risk and finance.
Our Business Values are the ingrained principles of the company and our people. These Values serve as the thread woven throughout our company to guide our future actions, decision making and the way we work with our business partners, within our communities and with each other. These Values serve as the moral cornerstones on which Zanders was built, beginning from the establishment of the company in 1994.
The Zanders Business Values and Principles encourage freedom and autonomous decision making. We trust that freedom in decision making will lead to more responsibility, increased entrepreneurship and better results and output.
Our organization fosters an energetic environment to spur the ambition and passion of our teams/employees/people. Ambition is the drive to learn, excel and develop yourself, colleagues and customers. We are passionate about our company, business and our services in which we promote innovation and implement creative solutions.
We perform as one team within Zanders and with our clients. It is not about individual results but about high performing teams. By working together we can realize our ambitions.
We take our work as a professional services organization in the financial industry seriously. Nevertheless fun is an important value for our company. We believe that enjoying what we do is the perfect counterbalance for the nature of our services.
Zanders is led by nine partners who share final responsibility for the quality and development of the services.
As co-founder of Zanders, Rob Naber has experience in all sectors.
After studying Econometrics at Amsterdam University, Rob started his career as a management trainee at AMRO Bank, where he soon transferred to the treasury field. After a few years in the dealing room gaining necessary risk management experience, he joined Chris Zanders in 1994.
He is currently active mainly in advising the public sector and financial institutions. Within the management team, he has a distinctive role particularly due to the combination of technical finance and commercial aspects of consultancy.
Sander van Tol is partner at Zanders and has shared responsibility for the corporate clients advisory practice, a role that focuses on treasury organization and strategy, financial risk management and corporate finance.
After studying Financial Economics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and working in treasury at WBR, in 1996 Sander joined the recently established Zanders. In 2003, he became a partner, responsible for the corporate advisory practice. Sander is advising many leading global multinationals, NGO’s and Financial Institutions.
Sander teaches the Chartered Treasurer curriculum at VU University Amsterdam, is part time associated at the Rotterdam School of Management and is also a member of the advisory board to the Dutch Association of Corporate Treasurers (DACT).
As a partner, Judith van Paassen is responsible for specialized advisory in systems and technology related projects, such as selecting, implementing or restructuring treasury and risk management systems.
Judith’s team works on major international challenges with four European offices, designing business processes for off-the-shelf systems for corporates, financial institutions and public organizations.
Judith graduated cum laude from Technical University Delft in Information Technology, and has worked with Zanders from its inception. She became a partner in 1999.
Within Zanders, Jaap Karelse is in charge of the Financial Institutions department together with Gerbert van Grootheest.
He advises financial institutions in issues relating to quantitative risk management. Jaap has worked with Zanders since 1997 and became a partner in 2002.
He studied Technical Mathematics at Technical University Delft, followed by a two-year post-doctoral curriculum relating to mathematical control and policy models.
Gerbert van Grootheest shares responsibility with Jaap Karelse for all consultancy relating to quantitative risk management for financial institutions. Gerbert leads the Valuation Desk, Credit Risk Services and the Rating Advisory Services.
After studying Econometrics at Vrije University in Amsterdam, he joined the company in 2002. His preeminent fields of expertise are market- and credit risk management in banks, and the valuation of funds, mortgages, loans and derivatives.
Gerbert has been part of the management team since January 2013.
Laurens Tijdhof is responsible for the international offices in Brussels, London and Zurich. Together with his team, a good mix of young and experienced consultants, he provides consultancy and interim services to companies, government organizations and financial institutions.
Laurens joined Zanders in 2000, and became a partner in 2009.
He graduated from Tilburg University with Masters degrees in Business Economics, Fiscal Economics and Fiscal Law.
Bart-Jan Wittenberg has shared responsibility for Zanders’ consultancy activities in the public sector. With his team, he advises central and local government bodies, housing associations, and institutions in the healthcare and education sectors.
Bart-Jan studied Economics at Tilburg University. After graduating, he started his career as a treasurer with PWS Woningstichting, followed by a specialist role in treasury institutional sales within ABN AMRO Bank.
In 1998, Bart-Jan joined Zanders and became a partner in 2001.
Mark van Ommen is responsible for our business in UK. Moreover, Mark shares responsibility for treasury consulting for large corporations. Mark has a focus on corporate treasury transformation projects, specializing in in-house banking, payment factories and bank connectivity. Mark studied at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Mark joined Zanders in 2005.
Laura Koekkoek is new to the Zanders Management Team. Laura is responsible for specialized advisory in system and technology related projects, such as selecting, implementing or restructuring treasury and risk management systems. Moreover, Laura is responsible for our business in Asia. Laura has a broad understanding of international treasury and finance issues, especially related to treasury management, risk management and corporate finance. Laura studied at Amsterdam University in the Netherlands and holds master degrees in Mathematics, Econometrics and Information Technology. Laura joined Zanders in 1997.
In 1994, Chris Zanders and Rob Naber decide to collaborate as equal partners within the firm Zanders & Partners as treasury consultants. Judith van Paassen is also part of this Utrecht based team from the very start.
After three years, Zanders outgrows its Utrecht office and moves to Zeist. In the following years, Jaap Karelse, Bart-Jan Wittenberg and Sander van Tol bring in new expertise, increasing the work field and gradually developing higher sales.
The firm outgrows the Zeist office quickly and Zanders moves to its current Bussum office, at Brinklaan 134. Within 10 years after its foundation the company employs over 50 professionals.
In 2005, the firm decides on focusing more on international activities. Based in Brussels, Laurens Tijdhof starts developing this international market.
In 2008, Zanders opens an office in the UK, followed by a Swiss office two years later. Next to these offices, the company is active with clients in different continents.
In 2012 the company employs over 100 professionals coming from 20 different nationalities. Nearly half of the revenue is earned outside the Netherlands.
Two decades after founding the company of the same name, Chris Zanders says goodbye to the consultancy firm he saw develop year-on-year. Gerbert van Grootheest became meanwhile part of the management team.
Further international growth plans focus on the US market, which is why we open an office in New York. See all Zanders offices worldwide.
Next international growth plans focus on the Nordics market and Asian market, which is why we open offices in Stockholm and Tokyo. See all Zanders offices worldwide
Zanders has entered into an agreement with international investor MML Capital to support Zanders’ accelerated growth strategy. After 18 years, Zanders has outgrown its office in Bussum and moves its headquarters to the city center of Utrecht.
We feel closely involved in our direct surroundings and society as a whole.
This is why we defined a number of specific ambitions relating to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), focusing on sustainability, personnel policy and social involvement. Own initiatives are amongst others;
Zanders has invested both capital and manpower in sustainable investment projects. Zanders was one of the initiators and founders of First Green Capital, Windline, Gael and Unser-e.
Zanders feels that continuous focus on optimizing a pleasant, sustainable working environment is simply common sense. We consume ‘green power’ only and encourage clean, smart mobility.
Various social initiatives deserve support and commitment, both in a physical and a financial form. Zanders annually donates a substantial sponsoring amount to support well-known and lesser known initiatives. Zanders employees are generally involved as a volunteer in such initiatives.
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