Hi Lennert! When did you start working for Amadeus?
Good morning. I must have started about 2 years ago now. After my business administration studies in Antwerp, I went into pharmaceutics. A rewarding career path, sure, but after 5 years, I felt it was time for a change. I’m still very happy that I took that step!
What’s different here, compared to your last employer?
The job is similar; I work with numbers and support our sales teams – just like Oscar, but different. And that’s why I love working here: it’s a truly international environment. For me, that’s a challenge, and it’s also what keeps me motivated. Additionally, the chemistry between colleagues is so much better than at my previous job.
Is working with numbers rewarding for you personally?
You have to remember that behind every number, there’s a story. Last year, for instance, I received responsibility for a whole new business unit: purely R&D, in Antwerp. I had never done that type of business before. There’s almost no revenue management involved! That kind of job diversity keeps it fresh.
Is R&D important in the travel industry?
We rely on them to find the solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. Our shared goal is to make travel as accessible as possible. Today you can book a trip on your smartphone, but what will be possible in 10 years? That limitless potential is what makes it a such fascinating industry to work in. Did you know that Amadeus was ranked as the leading R&D investor in the travel and tourism industry in 2016?
Do you explore your own limitless potential when travelling?
In a way, yes. Snowboarding has always given me a sense of pure freedom. And the sounds – or should I say silence? – provide that unrivalled sense of peace. It’s almost an out-of-body experience! (laughs)
In the future, I do want to travel the world and discover more, new cultures.
How often do you go you snowboarding?
Back in the day, at least 3-4 times a year. Recently, however, I had a pretty severe injury to my knee. Now I have to reorient and find my sense of freedom somewhere else. My dream is to go to Norway and explore the fjords. I’ll miss the elated atmosphere of the snow resorts, sure, but that’s not what brought me peace anyway.
Who would you like to sit next to for a good talk?
I would be very interested in what Annie Desmedt has to say. She’s our Sales Operations Executive.
Care to link up?Find Lennert Kerremans on LinkedIn here.
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