Island IT Move a dream for Jan
A Dutch IT high flier has joined the fast growing Iomart Internet centre in Stornoway as manager.
Jan Schouten, 37 , who speaks three languages, was in charge of IBM's support call network covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland before his move.
Mr Schouten, who graduated in the Netherlands as an information technology engineer, has worked throughout Europe, including with Fiat and Lancia on marketing campaigns.
Seeing the growth in the call centre industry, he made the switch and got his first break setting up a call centre in the Lebanon, after the ceasefire.
He managed support centres for Tele Holding International, Protocol and latterly IBM in Greenock.
Now, after a decade of living and working all over Europe - and having moved twelve times - Jan and his wife Karin, who have two young sons, have fulfilled a long-held ambition to live in the Highlands.Interview
Mr Schouten said: "The dream might not have come true but for a business trip to Switzerland when I read an interview with the head of the Western Isles Information and Communications Advisory Service.
I had been wanting to move to the Western Isles in four or five years to set up something, but I was blown away when I read about Iomart.
As I read the article, it all made perfect sense, because the Western Isles is an ideal location with its quality environment and high educational standards.
It was going to be a dream come true to be able to live in the Western Isles and work in the industry I love, so I contacted Donnie Morrison, the man interviewed, and he introduced me to Iomart."
Iomart has its headquarters in Glasgow and offices in London and San Jose as well as the Stornoway centre. It recently announced it had increased its Stornoway staff to 60.