Max Verstappen to consult tech talent of Dutch IT consultancy

23 May 2016

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.Max Verstappen to consult tech talent of Dutch IT firmCommenting 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.

More news on


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”