Value Creation Mindset: The Importance of Shaping IT Culture During Mergers

November 2, 2023

During this Vision Dinner, Petra will elaborate on how she bridges this gap between IT and the rest of the organization, and will share her insights on how to effectively integrate new technologies and IT skills to drive innovation. In addition to this already great challenge, Petra is now on a journey of bringing two distinct IT cultures together after DSM recently merged with Firmenich to become dsm-firmenich.

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule

Petra Volckaert, dsm-firmenich

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Petra Volckaert

VP, Digital Partner Taste, Texture and Health

Petra Volckaert is a passionate digital change leader in the food & beverage field. After business school she started her career at Agilent Technologies, after which she worked at Bayer Crop Science before accepting the responsibility she currently has at dsm-firmenich.



As IT executive you have certainly dealt (or are currently dealing) with the misconception of other departments that IT is simply a tech-support function rather than a value driver. At least, Petra Volckaert, VP Digital Partner Taste, Texture and Health at dsm-firmenich has: the lack of visibility of the IT department hindered its recognition as a value-creating entity. Therefore, Petra has taken this challenge head-on, striving to foster a more robust digital culture within the company.


Location: Central Park, Voorburg

17:30 | Start program (including presentation, discussion and a 3-course dinner)
20:30 | End of formal program, opportunity for informal networking


Chiefs and Directors of Operations, Supply Chain, Information and Technology

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  • Participants have to meet the previously described target audience.
  • If applicable, our partners will be presented with every application.
  • During all our sessions, the Chatham House Rule applies. This means that the participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This means that no report, no photos and no recordings are made of the meeting. The presentation will also not be distributed to the participants afterwards.

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