GOVERT KLAASSEN – PRINCIPAL
Despite dreaming of managing grandiose hotels when he was younger, Govert was hooked on business transformation and change management when he first got a taste of consulting more than 15 years ago. He worked on some of the most challenging international and culturally diverse programmes while a consultant at Deloitte and Logica, before finally answering his calling to the hospitality and travel sector, jumping at the opportunity to introduce programme management and lead major programmes for Park Plaza Hotels and Hertz. The latter also brought the opportunity to live and work in China, another long-held ambition. Relishing his return to consulting at Gate One, Govert’s specialism is working in closely-knit client-consultant teams on programme turnaround, benefits realisation, capability enhancement and programme assurance. In his free time, he mostly subjects family and friends to the results of his creative talents in the kitchen.