February 20, 2019,
Earlier this month, Arno Flier joined JBR as an associate. Flier has been active in the consulting industry for some 20 years. He has extensive experience in areas such as corporate strategy, restructuring, M&A strategy and commercial due diligence.
Flier makes the move toJBR from Monitor Deloitte, where he spent the last five years as Director M&A Strategy. Previously he worked as Principal M&A Strategy for Boer & Croon, as Associate for Booz & Company and as M&A Business Developer for Springer Nature. He started his career as a technical marketer in the chemical industry, after obtaining his Master's degree in Chemistry at Utrecht University.
In addition to his experience on various M&A topics, Flier has accumulated "broad and deep expertise in international strategic trajectories of corporate and business units in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, media and technology, business services, manufacturing, mail delivery and the maritime sector" during his long track record in consulting, according to a spokesperson for JBR.
"I often assist clients who find themselves in challenging situations," says Flier about his advisory work: "The client is considering a transaction - sale or purchase - with a major impact on its day-to-day operations and the company's strategy, or she finds herself in a turnaround & restructuring trajectory where it's make or break. In these processes, together with the client and my team, I pay a lot of detailed attention to the strategy, the structure and the numbers. However, the most important thing I have learned from my years of experience as a consultant is that, in the end, it is the people behind the numbers and the strategy who count."
"This fits seamlessly with the core values of JBR, where practical, smart solutions are developed together with the client where people, at all levels in the organization, are central," states Flier about his choice for the consulting firm. "What further attracts me to JBR is the right combination between the scale of the firm and its substantive sector focus on the one hand, and the attention to the human side of things on the other. The click between JBR and me was there from the start; from the very first meeting our conversations felt like I was already working there. In the process, I noticed how open everyone was and how natural the contact was and continued to develop."
In conclusion, Flier says he is pleased with the modest size of JBR: "With its 35 employees, JBR really feels like a team, with a powerful mix of different people who complement each other. Whereby it is immediately noticeable that employees, both experienced and less experienced, have a lot of autonomy and are given the opportunity to develop themselves and really make an impact. The scale also offers me the freedom to work on the cutting edge of strategy and restructuring in sectors that appeal to me and in which I have a lot of experience, such as the maritime and offshore cluster, energy & environment and industrial markets. Sectors where JBR traditionally has a very strong position and reputation. A great match!"
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