FEBRUARy 2014 CONNECT
The new YPY chairman
New office of chairman within Young Professionals Yokogawa
Bas Korteweg recently stood down as chairman of the infamous Young
Professionals after five years. A successor has been found in the person of Bart Jan
Homan. Connect posed a few questions to Bas and his successor.
Bas, why are you standing down?
future. It was an honour to be part of this great
employee, who meets the criteria,
Bas: When I took on the initiative 5 years ago
platform and I would like to thank all YPY
become a member of YPY?
for YPY, I wanted to create a platform for all
members for their contribution and enthusiasm!
Bart Jan: I think that it can really contribute to
young professionals here in Amersfoort with
your development and that you can then look
the objective: to share and learn [based] on
About Bart Jan
beyond your own position. We are all at the
the pillars “career, network and fun”. During
Bart Jan Homan is 30 years old and lives
same point within our career, and that provides
these 5 years I have achieved these objectives
together with his girlfriend in Zwolle. He has
a sense of belonging. Beyond that, it is
and YPY has developed into an established
been working for Yokogawa for nearly 4
interesting, fun and extremely instructive
institute within our organisation. Now, after 5
years in the PCI Sales department. In 2010
to know what is happening within other
years, the right time has come for me to make
he started as Inside Sales Engineer, but since
disciplines in the company. You can look
way for new insights and energy that others
1 April 2013, working as Account Manager,
beyond your own ‘Yokogawa horizon’, and
might bring to YPY.
he has been responsible for the PCI Sales in
who wouldn’t want to do that?!
Central and North Holland. In addition, Bart
And what do you think about your
Jan has thus been the chairman of the YPY
Is there anything you would like
since the end of 2013. He forms the executive
Bas: Bart-Jan is an enthusiastic and motivated
management together with Joost van Rekum.
Bart Jan: I am really looking forward to it!
person, who has a real feel for the issues that
In addition, we could use some more hands
resonate within young professionals and for
Bart Jan, what is your vision for YPY?
and ‘brains’ within the management. Are you
the huge involvement in the organisation. His
Bart Jan: You can learn an awful lot from one
interested? Then let us know by emailing:
vision and drive make B-J an extremely suitable
another as Young Professionals. I think that
person to lead YPY in the
years to come.
it is important, as YPY, to contribute to the
development of its members both on a personal
and corporate level. We can achieve this by
Any last words?
Bas: Sharing and learning
to establish the personal
growth as well as a
“Old age is like everything
else. To make a success
organising various specialist, community and
of it, you’ve got
social activities. By doing so, within a group of
o start young.”
young talented people, important knowledge
is shared, a network is built and an (extra)
bond with Yokogawa is formed. The beautiful
thing is that the members of the YPY come from
different disciplines within the company. Often
you can learn the most from people with a
different/fresh outlook on the business.
Do you have any specific plans yet for
added value amongst
all of us. The YPY
Bart Jan: Thankfully I am not alone as
chairman, but am working together with my
a sustainable base
‘partner in crime’ Joost van Rekum (CS Service
for you and the
Coordination | IA Services). We currently have
organisation to support
a number of plans that we are working on.
your personal and
They are, however, not so concrete that I can
give you a ‘scoop’ on them just yet.
now and in the
Why should any Yokogawa