On November 1, Auke Dirkmaat will start as CCO of Hyarchis and join the Executive Board. The former Head of Sales at Ockto has a wealth of experience in banking, insurance, and mortgage. In addition, Hyarchis has a leadership role in regulatory compliance in the financial world, so we interviewed Auke about his knowledge and experience before starting his new position.
Auke Dirkmaat is married, has two children, and, at the time of interviewing, is Head of Sales at Ockto. Of course, as a sales expert, we didn’t expect anything else, but Auke almost breathlessly explained his background. “For the past twenty years, I have worked in sales positions, especially in the financial world. It all started at DSB Bank, then Allianz came along, and now I have just finished my period at Ockto.”
The name Ockto rings a bell. It’s an app that allows you to quickly and securely share your data. For example, you are applying for a mortgage and need to send income, pension, and asset information. Of course, you can do this through the mail or the old-fashioned post, but that takes a lot more time and could be more secure.
Ockto has grown a lot in recent years, and that’s where Auke comes in: “When I started talking to Ockto, they were still in the startup phase. The focus was mostly on the mortgage market, with outdated hourly-billing revenue models. Ockto has grown into a major player in my years there, with over 40 people working to conquer the market.”
Under Auke’s supervision, several milestones have been achieved in recent years. “At the time, I presented a plan to the CEO of Ockto and was then given the opportunity as Head of Sales to build a sales team and make the offering scalable. I thoroughly enjoyed pioneering in this industry and can’t wait to bring all my knowledge and experience to Hyarchis.”
The arrival of Auke marks the beginning of a new period at Hyarchis, and a three-member board will represent the organization. For Auke, there is a considerable task to double the team within a year and increase the annual growth rate by 30%. “For me, the emphasis is on building a successful sales organization, where I will focus on expanding existing markets but also on international expansion. Hyarchis is a wonderful organization with a stable foundation and motivated people, so I’m excited for what’s to come.”