Three questions to...

...Chantal Schurink who is now responsible for the distribution of inks, consumables and inkjets as well as special solutions in the Netherlands for SIMACO.

Chantal, are you looking forward to your new role?

I am really happy about this challenge and especially about returning to the Dutch market after more than 22 years of working in Germany of which I spent 21 at SIMACO.  Therefore I am very much looking forward to supporting our customers in my home country with our consumables, printers and special solutions and to continue on our course of growth together with them.  The SIMACO products and services are just as diverse as the issues and challenges of our customers and therefore I expect my task to be very varied.

What experience will you be taking with you?

I joined SIMACO at the beginning of April 1999 and soon became the first administrative assistant in international sales.  We only had a handful of international customers to begin with so as a Dutch person I was able to gain experience in the national sales team and improve my German language skills in between times.  However our customer base from abroad grew quickly and we soon had our first international OEM partners.  I was able to seize the opportunity and take responsibility for international field sales only three years after my initial office experience.  My work is never boring due to the different cultures and languages I have to deal with.

What will your working day look like in the near future?

It is only possible to become stronger as a team and I will not only be well supported in this new role by my SIMACO colleagues but also from those of our subsidiary HEUFT QUALIPLUS B.V. in Deventer.  They have set up a workplace for me there quickly and easily.  I will be travelling back and forth between our head office in Burgbrohl and this new office in my home country and am already looking forward to advising and assisting our customers in the Netherlands.