With more than 10 years of experience within strategy and operations, Henrik is an expert in the field. He has a very strong working record in both industry and consulting, and he has successfully driven many large-scale projects within strategy development, business development, commercial excellence and operational excellence. As a project manager, Henrik has planned and executed growth strategies, commercial transformations and operational excellence projects – ensuring faster, cheaper and better operational performance.

What do you think is the most interesting dilemma on the business agenda right now?
Over the last years, more and more companies have started to consider insourcing of various functions due to customer requirements and technology-enabled, cost-efficient local solutions. The increasing insecurity around international trade and the resurface of the term “trade barriers” will, however, accelerate the movement we have seen towards localised production to minimise risk – producing in the regions you want to sell. This stresses the question: How do you build an efficient supply chain that encompasses the flexibility needed to proactively address changes in “trade barriers” and still maintain cost base while delivering as expected?

The best advice someone ever gave to you?
”The reward for good work is more work”

What does The HOW mean to you?
In short, you should be able to explain to the client not only why or what to do (which they, in many cases, already know) but also how. And if they understand how but lack the capabilities, you need to be able do it with them, while building their capabilities.

I’m really inspired when I listen to anybody with a high competence level in whichever subject who can communicate it in simple terms so others like myself can understand and use that knowledge very inspiring. Most often, the greatest inspiration comes from people who have a different history, have made different career choices than myself and talk about topics I have never thought about before. TED Talks is a great source, for example Eleanor Longden with “Voices in my head”, taking problem-solving to a new level and inspiring in so many ways.

To me, Valcon means “home” – that is the best word I can find for it.