helfenstein interim management

C - level experience

International Change Executive

Success with a smile

helfenstein interim management

Experienced interim executive in (international) business
Do you need someone to take the lead in your changes, programs or projects?
T +31 6 115 36 551

I am a native German energetic C-level executive, living for 20 years in the Netherlands.
Experience in line-, program- and change management.
Focus on people and results = German quality combined with pragmatic Dutch approach.
International experience in corporate and mid sized.

Open communication, respect, mutual trust and a l augh is the base of any of my successes.

International track record in the following disciplines:
* Program / Project management
* Change management
* Marketing
* Sales
* Line management

About me

I am an experienced German international interim / transformation
executive fluent in Dutch, English and German with work experience in different countries:


High energy

Focus on results & people

Academic background

Experience in: Program management, Change management, Marketing, Sales and Line management

Quickly found my way in various industries: digital banking, Artificial Intelligence, IT, telecom, financial retailing, fashion and energy, BtC (70%) & BtB

Some example of international assignments

  • Scale-up in Artificial Intelligence, set up of Customer Succes Unit, building the organization

  • Building a new pioneer bank, setting up teams, developing new services internationally

  • Introduction of new financial products in the German market

  • Rebuilding a software application for 5500 companies (Leasing and Car Dealers)

  • Post-merger Program at one of the big banks in NL. Supporting the top 400 corporate customers switching to structured payments reporting formats

  • Several post-merger programs in retail banking for credit cards, securities, and mortgages business units

  • Set up of a central marketing department with a new brand strategy plus new website at RWE (energy)

  • Introduction of financial retailing at Vendex/KBB (now Maxeda)

This is wha t customers say about me

Liesbeth Rigter

CEO Moneyou

February 10, 2018, Liesbeth managed Gabi directly

"Gabi is an enthousiastic and committed manager (project, line), who knows well how to find her way in new situations. She really connects with people, is creative and combines this with humor. Analytical and structured in her approach. I would recommend Gabi for complex projects, change management, setting up new business."

Horst Schmidt

General Management Financial Services, Change Management & Strategy

January 17, 2018, Horst managed Gabi directly as CEO ABN AMRO Frankfurt

" I worked with Gabi for three years. In her role as international CCO she was the natural bridge between Germany and The Netherlands, as she understands both cultures thoroughly. During this period we successfully expanded the Moneyou business of ABN AMRO in Germany. I enjoyed working with Gabi because of her professional work style, her passion to succeed, her sympathetic open communication and last but not least her sense of humour. You can 100% rely on her to “get things done”. I would recommend Gabi for any type of change management or business development."

Aad van den Bergh

ING Retail, Senior Programma Manager, January 14, 2018, Aad managed Gabi directly

".. Gabi maakt het verschil! ...weet zij het beste uit mensen te halen, door goede coaching gebaseerd op vertrouwen en ook door ambitieuze eisen te formuleren. Gabi is onafhankelijk in haar afwegingen en keuzes, maar laat zich ook challengen om tot een betere keuze te komen..

Ronald van der Vlist

Directeur at Grayhams-Reseller Pinnacle, August 5, 2013, Ronald worked with Gabi but at different companies

"Gabi has a very resultdriven personality. She will do everything to reach the goal, but always in a very cooperative way. She is very good in motivating members of her project team and brings the best skills up in all her team members

...when I should have another project, she can count on a call from me."

Mark Nieuwendijk

Board member / Investor, November 20, 2012, Mark was a client of Gabi’s

"Gabi is a pleasant and professional to work with. Highly results oriented, strong project management skills and sensitive to project team motivation. Gabi brings high added value to ROB and inMotiv in total. In a next assignment Gabi will get a phone call again...."

Eelco Franse

Senior Programme Manager at ING, February 2, 2011, Eelco was a client of Gabi’s

"Gabi is a revelation to work with! Real teamplayer and focussed on results. Very flexible and loyal to client. Last but not least: great sense of humor!"

Payam Djavdan

ING Retail, Programmadirecteur, July 13, 2009, Payam managed Gabi

"Gabi is een professional die 100% voor het resultaat gaat. Duitse degelijkheid, gecombineerd met een sterk relativerend vermogen en persoonlijke charme maken haar een sterke projectmanager. Ze straalt respect uit en verdient respect. De naam zegt het al: GABI staat voor: Gedreven, Assertief, Betrokken en Inspirerend."

Bart Oortwijn

Entrepreneur and expert on delivering IT in the financial industry, April 6, 2009, Bart managed Gabi directly

"Gabi is a people manager with an eye for details. With her German background in a Dutch company she ensure that actions and agreements are followed-up. The knows how to motivate the team and manage towards results."

Jens Dennhardt

Head of Commercial Contract Management & Participations at RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, February 22, 2009, Jens worked with Gabi in different groups

"I experienced Gabi as a driven, creative and solution-oriented professional that was highly committed to develop and implement an extraordiary marketing approach. It was a pleasure to work with her!"

Bas Veenemans

Scrum master a.i. bij Philips, January 11, 2009, Gabi worked with Bas in the same group

"Gabi is een gemotiveerde professional die serieus werk maakt van een opdracht. Ze weet de mensen om haar heen te motiveren, confronteren en bij de les te houden, op een positieve manier die ik nog niet eerder ben tegengekomen. Daarnaast is het gewoon een leuk mens waar ik prettig mee heb samengewerkt."

More recommendations can be found on my LinkedIn Profile