Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen, winner of the most recent Grand Prix in Barcelona, has taken on an advisory position at Exact. To support the development of its ambitious tech talent the firm runs a Tech Talent Programme, for which Verstappen will provide his own experience about what it takes to fully exploit the potential of skills and capacities.
Max Verstappen, a Dutch Formula One racer, has been hailed as a ‘once in a lifetime talent’ following his stellar performance to clench the Spanish Grand Prix. The win, at just 18 years old, means Verstappen is the youngest Formula 1 Grand Prix winner in history.
Besides his career in Formula One, Verstappen recently begun work as a consultant for Exact, a Netherlands-based IT firm. The company is keenly focused on nurturing ambitious talent, as well as supporting fast growing companies through a range of software based innovation solutions. Verstappen’s new position, ‘Tech Talent Leader’, which builds on the partnership between the parties since the programme’s inception last year, will support the IT consultancy by advising the HR board at Exact about how to foster talent to champion level. The Tech Talent Programme also seeks to guide current and future Exact tech talents with their personal development.Commenting on the consultant role, Max Verstappen says: “Talent is important if you want to reach the top. Like focus and determination. You have to pick up things for yourself and adapt quickly to new situations. On the basis of my own background, I hope to show talent at Exact that achieving goals means you have to work hard. And that however talented you are, teamwork and cooperation too are need to be really successful.”
Erik van der Meijden, CEO of Exact, adds: “For Exact developers and designers are crucial for the growth of our company. To have Max Verstappen as a motivator for our people is a great addition. We are very proud of his achievements and find the way he is performing in his sports career incredibly inspiring. Verstappen’s willingness to share his personal success with programme participants and eagerness to consult them is wonderful.”
Exact growth in technology
Exact currently has over 500 employees worldwide in its technology practice. In line with its strategy and ambitions – aimed at further growing its international footprint – the firm hire anticipates to hire considerably more talent over the coming years – many of whom will take part in its Tech Talent Programme.