Arjen van den Berg


Office Location: London

Phone: +44 20 70754000

AJ van den Berg is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London and Amsterdam offices and a member of Heidrick Consulting. AJ counsels leadership teams as they re-invent their organizations to accelerate performance, simplicity, speed, and agility. He is also an expert on organizational design, business model innovation, foresight, and the future of work.

Much of AJ’s work focuses on helping large organizations to achieve growth, innovation, simplicity, and organizational agility. He serves clients across several industries, including chemicals, consumer goods, energy, financial services, healthcare, and technology.

Examples of AJ’s recent client work include the following:

  • Helping a Fortune 100 insurance company to accelerate its performance and improve its agility, including organizational redesign, signature processes, culture change, and decision making

  • Moving a global tobacco company from manufacturing cigarettes to next generation products, including re-inventing the business model, identifying talent requirements, and shaping the culture

  • Systemically killing unnecessary complexity and designing simplicity into a global energy company to improve their capacity to accelerate

  • Working closely with the top executives of an international electricity and gas company on generating foresight and re-inventing the business model to create competitive advantage in a rapidly changing market environment

  • Developing and implementing a dynamic workforce planning model for one of the world’s largest offshore drilling contractors to better manage the global talent portfolio in an agile way

AJ has lectured at Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education and at the European Centre for Executive Development at INSEAD. He has also had a number of articles published in the FT and elsewhere.

Prior to working at Heidrick Consulting, AJ worked at several other consultancies including DSI, a global strategy and leadership development advisory firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016. He served as a research associate at the NYU Stern School of Business.


AJ has a PhD in strategy and organizational behaviour from Warwick Business School, where he specialized in corporate strategy, decision making, foresight, and adaptability.

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