Xebia Welcomes Dutch Royals: Day 1 Highlights

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) Breakfast set the stage for a vibrant day of discussions and networking, emphasizing the deep economic ties between Georgia and the Netherlands. Held on June 10th in Atlanta, the event drew esteemed guests, including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Governor Brian Kemp, and leading business executives in the region. 

The breakfast kicked off with a dynamic overview of the economic and political landscape of Metro Atlanta, presented by John Woodward, Vice President of Global Commerce at MAC, and Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parish, who provided valuable insights into the economic outlook for the U.S. Southeast.

Atlanta remains abundant in community, arts, culture, and business growth as a hub for growing Fortune 500 companies across industries including The Home Depot, United Parcel Service (UPS), Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Company and Norfolk Southern, and many flourishing startups.

The supreme quality of life in Atlanta is affirmed by the high number of students who choose to start their professional career in the city after attending a Georgia college or university. Notably, the city is recognized for its green space and holds the record for the Largest urban tree canopy in the U.S. at nearly 50%.

According to guest speaker and Chief Economist Jerry Parish, Georgia employment is at an all-time high. The state has seen a 6% jump in job growth—nearly double the national average.

Following the breakfast, the delegation moved to the Georgia State Capitol, where they were greeted by Governor Kemp and First Lady, Kathy Kemp. The highlight of the Capitol session was a series of pitches from Dutch companies showcasing their investments in Georgia. Anand Sahay, CEO of Xebia, presented Xebia’s growth and future investments in the state, emphasizing the company's commitment to innovation and digital transformation.

"The discussions today reinforced the critical role of supply chain resilience in our interconnected world. At Xebia, we are committed to leveraging AI and digital solutions to enhance supply chain efficiency and sustainability." Anand Sahay, CEO, Xebia.

Sahay, in a conversation with Governor Kemp, reiterated Xebia’s ties to both Atlanta and the Netherlands.

“Xebia, established in the Netherlands 21 years ago, proudly opened its new headquarters in Atlanta this January in the Buckhead area. We are looking forward to bringing software technology and consulting jobs to Georgia,” Sahay said.

Guido Bartels, Xebia's Global Managing Director, commented on the day's events: "Our presence at this event underscores the importance of fostering strong economic ties and shared innovation between Georgia and the Netherlands. We are motivated by the opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge technologies and drive economic growth in both regions."

The morning session concluded with a roundtable discussion at NewCold’s new facility in McDonough, focusing on resilient supply chains. Moderated by experts from TKI Dinalog and Georgia Tech, the discussion highlighted the importance of robust logistics and transportation networks in maintaining economic stability and growth. The roundtable was followed by a tour of the NewCold facility, showcasing the latest advancements in cold storage technology.

The day's activities culminated in a reception at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, where attendees engaged with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The reception celebrated the strong economic and cultural ties between the Netherlands and Georgia, providing a fitting end to a day rich in collaboration and innovation.

Xebia team members and their wives at the High Art Museum in Atlanta L-R: Xebia COO Sandeep Makwana and wife Sonia, CEO Anand Sahay and wife Ira Agarwal, and Xebia managing director, Guido Bartels and wife Anja at the Royal Reception at the Museum of High Art.

Matt Gosselin, Head of Marketing at Xebia, shared his thoughts on the reception: "It was an honor to meet Their Majesties and discuss the exciting potential for future collaborations. Today's events have highlighted an incredible forward-moving energy between our regions, and we look forward to continuing to build on this strong foundation."