Vanessa Verlaan

Company Role:
Chief Operations Officer


What do you do at Omnia Retail?
Ensuring that everyone within Omnia reaches their full potential, building a scalable and engaging company.

What is your past experience, of working in your position?
I have been an air traffic control trainee. It was a very impactful and insightful experience, something I still look back on with a lot of pride and pleasure.

What do you like about working at Omnia Retail so far?
No matter their background, specialism or seniority, I can learn from everyone within Omnia. Everyone is inspiring, and together we daily raise the bar.

What are the values that drive you?

I am interested in what drives and motivates people. If I have a different opinion than someone else, I want to understand what reasons are behind it. Not to convince them of my point of view, but to broaden my horizon.


I am always thinking of how we can do something better, smarter, or faster. In my role, this mindset comes in handy, and it matches Omnia’s Obsession with Excellence value. 

What are your top favorite books, podcasts, or documentaries?
- Powerful by Patty McCord  
-  The Harry Potter books
- Documentaries about food and nature

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I am currently doing a master’s in business administration. But when I’m really off, I enjoy being outdoors with my family. I have a small vegetable garden and enjoy cycling and hiking.

Let’s end with your favorite quote!
"Seek to understand before you seek to be understood."