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Meet the ceo report

  1. 1. Event report Meet the CEO II 30 May 2012, at Bank Degroof BrusselsAfter a successful first edition last year, the PUB/MGM Alumni section decided to organise a secondedition of ‘Meet the CEO’.The event took place in the wonderful 19th century settings of the headquarters of Bank Degroof inBrussels, Belgium. We asked four speakers, each from different backgrounds and industries.Koen Maes (MID 2011), CEO of Brussels Jazz Orchestra started by elaborating on how to manage ajazz orchestra. He told us that when they received a phonecall to record the score of the movie ‘TheArtist’, which was awarded with an Academy Award earlier this year, they used both their gut feelingand hard data to make the decision to accept the offer. Maes stressed the importance of an informalcoach within an organisation.The second speaker was Pierre-Paul De Schrevel, member of the management committee ofBank Degroof. To become a great manager, one should not become too trapped inside a specifictype of function, De Schrevel stated. He advised the audience to take the meeting minutes wheneverpossible, and to work for learning organisations. Working 60 hours a week is advised if you want tomake it to the top, according to De Schrevel.Tom Vande Cruys, CEO of electricity and natural gas provider Lampriris, was the third guest of theevening. Van de Cruys stressed the importance of work life balance. He believes that being both afamily man and a huge sports fanatic makes him a better manager. These three aspects (work,sports and family) need to be aligned in order for him to succeed. Keep your eye on the long term,but don’t forget the details was another advice for the audience.Finally, Jan Kriekels (ADV 2003) of JAGA presented his views. Kriekels didn’t want to become amanager, but eventually he ended up as CEO. He looks towards problems on a global scale, after hislong travels in desolate places all across the planet. Kriekels flew in from China, where he just madea large deal with local authorities. He elaborated on doing business with different cultures, how gutfeeling was the most important and how his company believes innovation is key to survival(“innovate or die”).After the four testimonials, there was a Q&A session. Finally, a networking reception closed theevening. Around 50 people enjoyed the event, most of them would happily return to a third editionnext year!By Thomas Vandormael (MGML 2009)

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