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John van der Burg

Business Consultant

A kiwi by birth, John is a very open communicator. He is a pragmatic doer who is prepared to operate on a hands-on basis. His proven ability in project management, coaching teams of professionals, and his in-depth knowledge of and practical experience with all aspects of the finance role is his unique point of difference. John’s expertise, when combined with other consultants in the Intepeople team who specialise in the people dimension, represents a compelling and powerful solution for organisations who want to lift their performance.


  • MBA
  • CA
  • LLB (Hons)



John has held COO, CFO, Financial Controller and Vice President positions with some of the most prominent companies in Europe. These include global brands such as Swiss Re, Royal Sun Alliance Insurance, Aon, and Getronics. John has a very strong commercial focus and 25 years of valuable experience as an all-round leader. Whilst he has quite a unique and versatile background at the senior level in the Financial Services and the ICT industry and possesses strong capability at thinking and acting on a strategic level, since returning to New Zealand 7 years ago he has been able to apply those attributes at a more operational level adapted to the Kiwi way.

He specialises in complex change management assignments like company restructurings, organisational turnarounds and ready-for-growth initiatives, but equally enjoys making a difference to smaller owner operator and small/medium size businesses who want to be better at what they do.

For organisations going through transformational change he offers three years of full-time and hands-on experience with M&A processes (deal/contract negotiations and due diligence investigations included) and can provide this type of experience on a contract, executive lease, locum or fixed term basis.


Phone: 03 546 8649
Mobile: 021 829 857