Roelant van Barneveld


Roelant van Barneveld has been involved in executive search since 1998. From 2007 to 2017 he was Managing Partner at Leaders Trust / AltoParners. Prior to this he was employed with Egon Zehnder International, Warner Brothers and C&E Bankers (a member of the ING group). In 2017 Roelant, founded the agency Barfield Executive Search. Froukje van Oosterbos is the Search Consultant for all the search assignments. A logical step in developing a specific vision of executive search. Roelant is a qualified lawyer and obtained his Masters in commercial, public and corporate law at the University of Utrecht.


“When I was at high school, I once wrote a paper entitled Lifestyles. Even back then I was already greatly interested in what drives people and why they behave the way they do, in groups and as individuals. The conclusion of that research was that when you get to know people better, it becomes increasingly harder to categorise them into specific groups. People are individuals who like to belong to a group or a company, but they ultimately remain unique. Now, years later, I still work with this vision in mind: a person is not simply a good or bad manager, but rather they will be either a good or bad fit for the position and the company at that given moment. Always looking from the perspective of people’s strengths and thereby creating a well-built team. Just like in top-class sports, where it is also better not to focus on your weaknesses but to focus your training on your strong points!”


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