One on one with Peter Van Deursen
I like the climate here. There is no snow. A little bit of rain, but no snow.
But it’s so humid:
You get used to that very quickly.
Do you have any particular bugbears?
Night calls. They’re a necessary evil in a global company, but I dislike them. Especially in Asia where because of time zones, you draw the shortest stick.
Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
I don’t plan too much. That’s something I learned – to live by the day. It’s very stressful to think about where you should be next. I think you have to live in the moment, to concentrate on contributing to the business, and leave something behind that is sustainable – to build a team around you that is strong even when you leave.
What advice would you give to your younger self:
Get out of the comfort zone as soon as you can. Take a risk and challenge the usual.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I like to watch all kind of sports and competitive events. Anything from soccer to cricket. Before I joined Cargill, I was a semi-professional soccer player, and I do still play. I would have liked to have continued that, but I am getting too old for it. But that’s where my competitiveness comes from, I think.
How would you describe yourself in just one word?
“Challenge.” Challenge the status quo. Challenge what you’re doing today. Always ask the what-if questions.
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