Legendary business adviser, Maarten de Jeu, entered adult life by first getting a very quality business education from the University of Oxford, where he attained an MBA and graduated at the top of his class. He has since been highly involved in businesses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He founded SVM Business Advisory in 2012 through which he has advised Fortune 100 executives all over the world. He specializes in helping his clients develop sustainable solutions. He has much knowledge of strategy, investment, acquisition, business improvement, and entrepreneurship.
Before entering his present career, he spent time as Aviva’s Director of Strategy & Corporate Development in London. However, his top priority remains his family with whom he loves spending time as much as possible. He also loves to play when he can and also likes to engage in miscellaneous active activities in his time off. He is also an active philanthropist, giving of his time and resources to such institutions as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry, and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
De Jeu is particularly knowledgeable in advising U.S. business owners who want to begin expanding on a global level. He advises them to be very patient about it and to take the necessary time to do it right. He also tells them they have to drastically change their business practices in other countries. That is because what works well in the U.S. market does not necessarily work everywhere else. They must be sure the change has taken place as soon as they make the international move since reputations are made immediately. Learn more: https://about.me/maartendejeu
He also advises these business owners to learn the languages and become familiar with the cultures in which they wish to engage. Being extremely familiar with these things is an excellent way for a U.S. businessman to impress international markets. When learning the languages and using them, be careful when using common U.S. idioms since these are often not used in other countries and can often lead to very embarrassing situations that can harm the reputation of your business. Maarten says it is a good idea to have a conversation with local representatives to be absolutely sure what the latest and most appropriate local etiquette would be.