Natascha Schijven is the founder and Managing Director of Pinwheel. She is a publicly recognized thought leader and executive advisor in next generation business strategy, accelerated and sustainable cost transformation, complex program governance, communications and change management, and advanced analytics-based sourcing.
Recognized by Supply Chain Canada as one of the 100 Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain, she is a sought-after public speaker and panelist in subjects ranging from transformation governance, executive presence, industry 4.0 impact on cost management, to orchestrated negotiations, analytics-based sourcing and harnessing diversity.
Natascha has spent decades working in both industry and corporate consulting. She has worked for companies in Europe and North America, gaining operations and strategic sourcing expertise at global packaging and chemicals companies in the EU, before joining A.T. Kearney as a Vice President in New York, and later a Partner at Deloitte.
She has been responsible for leading sustainable cost take-out and turn-around projects for some of the world’s largest food & beverage, pharmaceuticals and chemicals companies in Europe, North America and Asia, helping her clients save billions of dollars through embedding double-digit cost-reducing processes and approaches. She is particularly credited for her leadership in leveraging digital/advanced analytics in cost management, change management, large program governance and for her deep category subject matter expertise across direct and indirect sourcing.
Natascha is a trusted advisor to executives running businesses ranging from $5 MM to $75 Bn in revenue. Her clients include billion-dollar companies and some of the best-known brands in the world. She is praised for her authenticity, respectful challenging and ability to guide executives to exceed what they thought possible. Having been a consulting client in industry herself she has been on the other side of the table: “It simply comes down to being authentic and truthful, speaking from one human to another while acknowledging and recognizing each other’s contributions. This helps clients see consultants not merely as guns for hire or suits encroaching upon their territories but as true friends and collaborators.”