Stijn Otten wins ‘Talent of the Year award’

Stijn Otten, Director of the Innovation Lab at Business Lease, has been chosen as the biggest talent of the automotive industry. He won the Automotive Talent Award at the Automotive Gala 2018 last Friday. The prestigious prize was awarded by Alphabet CEO Norbert van den Eijnden. The winner of the previous edition, Sander Jansen, was a member of the jury.

In the last round of the competition Otten impressed the jury more than the other two finalists Pim van ‘t Hoenderdaal (Molco Car Parts) and Goshi Cheragwandi (Nissan Motors Netherlands). “I never expected to win tonight,” said Otten after the presentation. “I want to thank everyone from Business Lease and Autobinck who gave me and my team the opportunity and freedom to develop new opportunities for Business Lease.”

According to the jury, Stijn Otten really stands for what he believes in. “Sustainability is in his blood and he is a true strategic innovator.” Van den Eijnden said in his speech. “The jury wonders to what extent he can get used to a corporate structure, but his enthusiasm, versatility and focus on people really appealed to us.”

The jury sees Stijn as a strategic innovator, someone who gets others to take on new projects. “He may not fit as well as a line manager, of the three candidates we think he is the most analytical: the person who gets people on board and enthusiastic, as a coaching manager.”

Strict selection

The three talents were subjected to an assessment of Heiwegen Consultancy and presented themselves to an expert jury, including the previous winner of the election, Sander Jansen (Opel Nederland). The jury consisted of the former winners of the Company of the Year Company Jaco Remijn (Broekhuis Group) and Norbert van den Eijnden (Alphabet Car Lease International), Elske Doets (businesswoman of the year 2017) and Hans de Boer (Chairman of the VNO). NCW).

The winner was announced at the traditional Innovam-RDC Automotive Gala, which took place on Friday evening 26 January at the Bilderberg hotel in Garderen, The Netherlands. During this exclusive gala, the winner of the Automotive Company of the year Award was also announced: dealer holding company Autohaag Zeeuw, leasing company Hiltermann Lease Groep, parts distributor Fource Automotive Source.

About Business Lease Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is dedicated team of intrapreneurs that develop new products and services for Business Lease. It focuses on new (technology) developments and have a fast go-to-market mind-set.

Check out the online article (in Dutch) published by Automotive Management: