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Speaking on Dutch television programme Nieuwsuur (News Hour), Rob Zandbergen, CEO of USG People, looked back on the crisis year that was 2013 and spoke about his expectations for the economic development of 2014, reports Flexniuws.nl.
Mr Zandbergen said: “We, as a company, obviously suffered from the crisis. People stay where they work until the situation gets better. That means less mobility and less demand for our services. But I definitely think we will leave the crisis next year. The second half of 2013 was a bit better and 2014 will be a much better year.”
Mr Zandbergen was keen to point out the positive effects of the crisis. “USG has invested heavily in the future of the company. Our business processes have become more efficient and effective, and we have invested heavily in advertising.”
The crisis has further highlighted the need that companies have for flexibility. “Many companies are now investing in flexibility and USG provides that,” Mr Zandbergen added.
Mr Zandbergen’s optimism was not shared by others appearing on the programme. Dick Benschop, the CEO of Shell Netherlands, remains sceptical: “We are behind the rest of Europe in terms of economic recovery.”