He’s taken lessons from playing ‘the beautiful game’ that have shaped his approach to life and leadership. Soccer, after all, is a team sport, requiring physical and mental resilience – and perhaps most important, the ability to communicate effectively. Even the most talented players fail on the pitch if they cannot connect with each other.
“Everyone must be able to work with one another and balance respective strengths and weaknesses to win. During my life, I've built relationships by interacting with people from diverse nationalities and cultures and finding common ground. In the end, we all share the same purpose – to make financial protection accessible to all. Our different backgrounds and characteristics make us stronger.”
Indeed, as Chief of Staff for RGA’s Global Client Office and as EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Marketing Business Partner, Arjan interacts with clients, counterparties, and employees around the world to fuel engagement and strengthen partnerships. Even though he is based in Amsterdam, Arjan is in daily contact with colleagues in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States.