Pitch Best Young PE Manager 2021: Chiel Soeter, De Hoge Dennen

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Company: De Hoge Dennen Capital 
Job Description: Senior Investment Manager 
Age: 32 

What are the specialties of this talent? 
Chiel has played a pivotal role in many of the current investments of De Hoge Dennen Capital. He has a strong business-sense and an entrepreneurial mindset, which enables him to attract new business. He is analytical and has strong interpersonal skills, this allows his to realize good relationships with anyone he interacts with. He is a great conversation partner for entrepreneurs and management teams, as he challenges them with his intelligence and creativity. Within the team he is viewed as a nice and inspiring colleague to work with and a real team player. 

How does the talent distinguish itself from its peers? 
By his entrepreneurial way of working: Chiel is able to come up with creative solutions for any situation, on top of that he is able to convince people of his ideas. One of his strengths lies in breaking down complex matters and summarizing the essence, making the situation directly clear for all parties. This makes him build up trust fast and he connects in a very natural manner with entrepreneurs and management teams. Coming from his bright personality and strong drive to challenge himself and others around him, people really listen to his opinion and appreciate this. 

What impact does the talent have within the organization?  
Chiel is a nice colleague to work with and a role model for younger colleagues – on top of that he ensures that better investment decisions are made through his entrepreneurial mindset. He always keeps our goals in mind but never loses sight of the interests of all parties, using his structuring skills to realize the best value creation for all parties. He is a very social person and connects well with the entire team. His strong drive is inspiring and motivates younger colleagues to also continuously expand their horizons and develop themselves. Currently he successfully combines his postgraduate education in M&A law with his full-time job and having a family and child at home. 

What impact does the talent have outside the organization?  
Chiel connects with others easily and has built up a large network outside the organization. His like-minded mindset gives him an advantage in building up relationships with entrepreneurs. He is viewed as a trustworthy partner which enables him to attract new business. Advisors like working with him as he is approachable and involved. Management teams like working together with Chiel, as they view Chiel as a supportive and forward-thinking shareholder. 

To what extent does the talent make the difference to clients?  
This question can best be answered by an actual client of Chiel. “In what way does Chiel makes a difference to his clients as a PE manager? A lot! I have worked for more than twenty years with a lot of different PE companies and therefore also with a lot of PE managers.  
Chiel is the best PE manager I have had so far. We never have the idea that he tries to send us in a certain direction. I always have the feeling that he is sitting beside me to help me manage my company instead of having the feeling that he is on the other side of the table and telling me how to run the business. As we are on a path of buy and build, we often have meetings together and visit third parties. He is a very easy going pleasant person who makes people feel comfortable during meetings, ofwhich the message is not always easy or pleasant. For me, Chiel is helping and serving us in making our company better instead of telling us what and how we should do our job.” 

Why does the talent deserve this nomination? 
Chiel is a unique talent: developing very rapidly in all skillsets relevant to Private Equity. He is eager and kind at the same time. Next to possessing the hard technical skills he has very strong soft-skills, allowing him to make a true impact within our team, portfolio companies and outside of our organization. 

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