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02/12/2020 - #cio2020

Who will be our 13th CIO of the Year?
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ICT / Digital Project of the Year >>

Do you have an innovative and successful ICT project? Did you manage to pull off an ambitious digital transformation inside the company or within your department? Do you feel your digital project truly excels and/or accelerates the business goals? Then you might have a chance to win one of our prestigious ICT / Digital Project of the Year awards.

Discover the winner on December 2nd


The 3 nominees are determined by the editorial staff of Data News. Voting has ended. The final winner will be chosen by the professional jury.

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Who will be the successor to Filip Michiels from TUI, as ‘CIO of the Year’? Who do you think deserves the title CIO of the Year 2020? The voting list was determinded by the editorial staff of Data News and is closes with more than 2.500 votes.

The names, included in the list, will be the top 3 of the CIO’s active in our country or Belgians working abroad. They have proven that the job of CIO is one of the most exciting, challenging and important functions in the business world today. Thanks to their visionary approach, they have been successful at using ICT tools for the benefit of operational management. The CIO’s have, in the course of their careers, demonstrated strategic vision, leadership, personality and the capacity to contribute to an organisation’s business strategy.

The winner of the award ‘CIO of the Year 2020’ will be chosen by a professional jury of specialists and by the readers of Data News (online voting).


The CIO of the Year 2020 contest wants to reward ICT projects and digital projects which have been successfully completed and which are innovative both in the use of technology as well in the business approach. The contest was open to both the private and public sector and to both large and small or medium sized organisations.

The emphasis is on ‘innovation’; projects that have achieved real added value for a company or organisation thanks to clever use of digital technology. Technological innovation is important, but the impact on the business also plays a very important role.

The size of the company or the scope of the project is not important. Clever, innovative, smaller applications have just as much chance of winning as large and expensive projects. You just need to be able to demonstrate that the innovative ICT Project has given the business a real boost or added value!

The contest is closed. The jury will decide upon the final winners.



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Dirk Altgassen
Group CIO

Dirk Altgassen is Group CIO at Etex: former Eternit and still one of the biggest family owned firms in Belgium. Etex is an international building materials specialist and headquartered in Belgium since 1905. The group generates an annual turnover of about 3 billion euro and is active in 42 countries with over 15.000 people.
Dirk has joined Etex as CIO mid of 2015 and has restructured the global IT organisation, integrating the many local and regional IT hubs as well as the IT service provider Manasco from Kapelle-op-den-Bos successfully in a fast pace. 100 entities needed to transition to one, corporate IT-entity.
Dirk is a firm believer in cloud. He fully shifted all systems into the cloud (no data center any more) including Office 365 and MS Azure. The ‘cloud first’ strategy actually helped Etex to navigate swiftly throughout this covid-19 crisis.
Some of his other key achievements are the creation of a global IT organisation with a culture shift and increased maturity, the roll-out of Salesforce.com for 2.000 sales people in a short timeframe, and a new initiative called #MoveIT to further evolve and mature the IT organisation to gain additional value for the Etex business. Some of his peer contacts tell us that Dirk Altgassen especially made an impression on them by turning the IT-department from a supply organization into a real business partner. With a global scope that is and a sustained impact over many years.
Dirk Altgassen is an accomplished CIO/CDO and global IT executive with demonstrated achievements in directing global information technology alignment with the business strategy of global operating companies. A proven leader with a strong “get it done” attitude who “walks the talk” while demonstrating a clear direction for the team and organization. He’s an experienced strategic planner known especially in the areas of “digital strategy”, disruptive business models and multi-channel-strategies.
Before he joined Etex, Dirk Altgassen was the CIO at Grohe in Düsseldorf: a responsibility for about 100 IT employees and the worldwide information technology of the Grohe Group. At Etex he’s not only Group CIO, but also the managing director of the Etex Services entity. He’s a member of CIOforum and Beltug and CIONET in Germany.

Guido Lemeire

Guido Lemeire is the CIO of SNCB/NMBS, the Belgian Railway company. As head of the IT department (Ypto) he is currently leading the digitisation of SNCB and making the company ready for the future. As CIO he is responsible for the IT infrastructure of the Belgian Railway company. In preparation of the liberalisation of rail traffic in 2023, Guido has led an extremely challenging, intensive and ambitious project for the past two years. During this period, SNCB started a collaboration with an outsourcing partner (TCS), to make SNCB completely independent of Infrabel.
Parallel to this transition, Guido started an organisational transformation track within the IT department. Besides these challenges, the IT department still realises numerous digitisation projects and contributes to the achievement of the main objectives of SNCB: safety and punctuality first, satisfied customers, always and everywhere. But even so: a contemporary HR policy and an entrepreneurial culture based on professionalism, respect, entrepreneurship and cooperation, efficient working methods and a financially healthy company with ambition to grow.
“Be the predictable & trusted co-creation partner, enabling the digital transformation of SNCB, applying IT best practices”, is his mission statement that accompanies a 3-year change management programme. 2019 was a transition year, 2020 the year of stabilization. The future only brings further accelerated transformation. Some essential key elements are: sprite transition (migrate all (legacy) applications from the Infrabel datacenters), a new IT-reference architecture instead of messy point-to-point integrations and a first time outsourcing. All this, with ‘cloud first’ and ‘business continuity first’ in mind. And that’s quite a challenge: all changes and transformation need to be completed in parallel by 2023 while ensuring all systems keep on running.
Guido is a senior manager with more than 20 years profound managerial and technical expertise. He has a successful track-record in application development, package selection & implementations, people & change management and service support & delivery. Prior to joining SNCB, Guido served as manager in the telecom and payment sector. In 2017 he joined SNCB as Head of BIAP, 7 months later he became CIO.

Yves Dupuy

Since November 2017, Yves Dupuy has been Euroclear’s Chief Information Officer and a member of the Group Management Committee. Previously, Yves Dupuy was already Chief Information Officer EMEA Region at Société Générale Global Banking and Investor Solutions. He began his professional career in 1991 as a Senior Consultant at Andersen Consulting where he stayed for 2 years before joining Corporate Value Associates as Associate Partner, in charge of the Financial Services practice for France. In 2005, Mr. Dupuy joined Société Générale (SG) Retail Banking as a Senior Marketing Director, Personal Banking & Insurance, before moving – in 2008 – to SG Corporate & Investment Banking where he became Chief of staff to the Global Chief Operations Officer and worldwide Director for Operational Risk Control Programme. In 2009, he moved to the London office to take up the position of CIO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region for SG Corporate & Investment Banking. In 2014 he relocated to Luxembourg as CIO of SG Banking & Trust and regional CIO for EMEA, Global Banking & Investor Services.

At Euroclear he’s responsible for an extensive IT-transformation. Euroclear is a Belgian based leading provider of Financial Market Infrastructure (FMI) and offers expert transaction settlement, asset servicing and collateral management, as well as a wide range of services for issuers. Not a small organization, with a total headcount of around 4.000 people: half of them in Belgium. The organization is in need of constant innovation, but Business Resilience remains one of the top priorities. The ambition is to put the client first. This means Euroclear is evolving into a data driven organisation that allows them to design products based on the client, while keeping the ‘human touch’ and at the same time comply with regulations automatically and at a very competitive cost. Euroclear has an ambitious strategy to pivot from traditional settlement services into more innovative revenue streams. Technology is there to enable this by providing foundation capabilities, so Euroclear is ready to shift into a cloud model with flexibility to adjust to business volumes, a short time-to-market and last but surely not least: security by design. Two main levers of the change in IT are the implementation of an Agile mindset and Process Automation. The underlying idea is to embrace available technologies and market practices to open up the company to a wider technology ecosystem. At the same time Yves Dupuy acknowledges that “IT is a people business. It is time to listen, to understand and to build together, in Euroclear, a Great Place To Work for ambitious IT professionals.” Apparently with success already, given the feedback we received out of some of his peer contacts.


The specialist jury includes representatives from the academic world, the business world and the editorial team.


The winner in the CIO of the Year category will be decided by the jury, as well as by the readers of Data News (online voting).


The professional & academic jury will decide upon the final winners.



Freddy Van den Wyngaert


Chris De Backer


Daniel Lebeau


Sabine Everaet
(Coca-Cola Europe)


Luc Verbist
(De Persgroep)


Cécile Gonfroid


Veerle Lozie


Peter Bal


Herman De Prins


Bjorn Van Reet
(Kinepolis Group)


Erwin Verstraelen
(Port of Antwerp)


Filip Michiels
(TUI (Western Region))



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