with like-minded people
We started HR Transition with 2 main goals: to be able to do the challenging assignments that we love to be part of and side-by-side with like-minded people while doing so. Moreover, this is also why our fellow (Interim-) professionals choose to work with us: team up with a network of skilled (work-hard/play-hard) professionals and exciting assignments, which would be difficult to acquire individually.
After working as Interim Professionals on an individual basis for several years, we found ourselves working on large and challenging transition projects and programs, over and over again. We noticed the repeated feedback from customers in our network about the lack of change capacity and capabilities in their HR organization for large transitions.
Additionally, we found that our joined cooperation, working with different combinations of interim professionals we know and trust, combined with the internal team available at our customer, was challenging and a lot of fun!
Who we are
'Strategist that gets things moving'
Haakon has significant experience in leading the HR function during complex business transformation. His aim is always to present a clear vision of how HR can accelerate business goals. He thrives in a complex environment when sharp analysis and delivering tangible results need to make the difference.
Starting out as an officer in the Dutch Marine Corps he can rely on a strong curriculum of different leadership roles and in managing significant operations. He continued his career working for Ahold Delhaize in different HR functions always with change on the agenda. For several years now he has been working ad interim seeking challenging roles managing HR during transition.
Haakon is Founder of HR Transition and has a degree in Business Administration (HR) from the Naval Academy, a degree in Strategy & Organization (MSc) and an Executive MBA in Business & IT from Nyenrode University. He also is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Interim HR Director, (HR-) Strategy, Business Process improvement, HR Management Program & Project Management, Manager Operations, Change Management, Lean Six-sigma black belt, Crisis Management, Leadership Coaching, HR Data Analytics.
‘As a leader, Haakon earns my highest recommendation. ‘Haakon’s ability to go that extra mile made a dramatic difference in the productivity level of our transition team and led to extraordinary results’.
- Marijke Jansen, VP HR & Board Member Lely
Lydia de Klerk
‘Strong focus on relationships & results’
Lydia gained her extensive HR experience in different roles throughout the HR domain. A key theme in her career is setting up and developing an International HR function, especially for companies in transition. She thrives when ‘the pressure is on’, always keeping her team focused on delivering results.
After a 10+ years HR career in different International organizations, Lydia has been working as an Interim HR professional for the last years. Her focus has always been on complex projects such as business expansion, restructuring and culture integration. Leading the HR function during these transitions allows her to engage the people with her philosophy that ‘Change is the only constant’ and by embracing it organizations will be able to leap forward.
Lydia is the co-Founder of HR Transition and holds a degree in Human Resources
International HR Management, Executive Coaching, Change Management, Program- & Project Management, HR Consultancy, Organization Development, HR Valuation.
'Lydia proved a valuable asset, being able to take on the broad spectrum of HR challenges one will encounter in such a project (joint venture Abu Dhabi); from international strategic advice to setting up and running the international HR function in the UAE. Lydia has a high level of expertise, is a reliable team player and gets the job done.’
- Frits Toebes MSc, Group HR Director, OCI NV
A selection of the professionals we work with
Corporate Social Responsibility
Executive MBA Business & IT, Nyenrode University, Program Review Board Member
As Nelson Mandela said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ We fully believe in education and are happy to make a contribution to that cause by voluntary fulfilling a role in the Program Review Board since 2015. The goal of this board is to review the quality of the executive MBA Business & IT.
National MS Fund Netherlands, HR Consultancy
In 2018, we came into contact with the National MS fund as they had some questions regarding HR. We decided to use our knowledge and experience to support them free of charge and have been doing so up to 2020 when our support was no longer needed. Our work with the MS fund consisted of analyzing the different revenue streams and identifying possibilities for growth, both organically and through strategic partnerships. With these strategic goals in mind, we did a workforce planning that allows accelerated growth. In these situations, investing in resources and talent proceeds harvesting results.
‘It has been a real pleasure working with Haakon on the HR and Business development of our organisation. All of Haakon’s efforts have been on a voluntary basis and he is always ready to put all his energy and time to get the job done’.
Rianne Wisgerhof-van Dijk, Directeur-Bestuurder Nationaal MS fonds.