Marc Jacobs

Marc has been an associate partner of what is now known as Hofstede Insights since 2015 and has given workshops on the topic of Intercultural Competence at London Business School and the Jack Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg Campus.

He has published several articles related to the application of the Hofstede 6D model on various aspects of international business.

He is Flemish-Belgian, holds a SLOAN MSc in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and a Masters Degree in Engineering from KIH De Nayer in Belgium.

Marc has lived in Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, and the UK and has worked with companies in over 25 countries. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German, and has conversational working knowledge of Luxembourgish and a basic knowledge of Italian.

After having a successful career at Johnson Controls Packaging in Belgium, he co-founded and co-managed LuxPET SA, a world-class manufacturing company in PET packaging and recycling based in multi-lingual and multi-cultural Luxembourg.

In 2005, LuxPET was acquired by the American multinational Plastipak Packaging.  Within Plastipak, he occupied several senior international positions. As Director Process Technologies, he was responsible for aligning best practices across Plastipak’s operations globally and in his capacity as VP Sales & Marketing, based at Plastipak’s headquarters in Italy, he managed several global key accounts and an international team of sales managers.

Through all these experiences, Marc has amassed a wealth of hands-on expertise in managing across cultures on an executive level.  His wife is Zimbabwean which adds another dimension to his intercultural savvy.

Marc is also a passionate entrepreneur. He invests in innovative positive impact companies, supports the Luxembourg start-up ecosystem and serves on several boards.

Together with his colleague Jean-Pierre Coene, he has published the hands-on book ‘Negotiate like a Local’: 7 Mindsets to increase your success rate in International business Marc is the co-founder of MDCI, a Luxembourg-based non-profit organisation providing intercultural training & tools to non-profit organisations active in the field of integration of migrants.

He is a member of SIETAR Europe, IMS (Inspiring More Sustainability), the IoD (UK Institute of Directors), ILA (Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs), LBAN (Luxembourg Business Angel Network), E100 (London Business School business angel network) FEDIL (Luxembourg Business Federation), the Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce, the BLCC (Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in the UK), and AmCham Luxembourg.



Personally, having worked in Portugal, Brazil and Belgium for a North American company, I could feel that Marc is really knowledgeable and a truly inspirational trainer. It really gives the necessary understanding of how different cultures work and how they see the world. Also, his multicultural experience gave a very direct understanding of our current situation and future goals.  Our future is very dependent on the quality of our managers and leaders. Marc has been brilliant in bridging the gap between the fun of the activities and the real world of work, making sure delegates clearly understand and learn from this excellent training.

Miguel Vieira | Director International Packaging Development I Plastipak