Join us as we celebrate live gathering for Aurora Live network members at ME End of the Year Dinner, Belgium this December!

Change is an inevitable circumstance – Therefore, it is important to create an agile business strategy with the correct business partners to make sure that the change doesn’t cause any unnecessary friction.  Echoing the theme of change, we’re building an agenda that will empower you with ideas, insights and inspirations.

7th December 2022
Botanic Sanctuary Hotel Antwerp, Belgium
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Featured Speakers

ME End of the Year Dinner is an extended face-to-face knowledge-sharing and networking experience. Bringing more than 100 CxO’s from fortune 500 companies in Belgium, to discuss everything about: change management, the impact of change, change resources, continuity during change and minimizing the friction of change.

During this social gathering, we will take a closer look at the impact of change. Change is an inevitable circumstance that keeps challenging enterprises to stay competitive. As it is not only impacting CxO but also operational staff it is important to spend the appropriate time, money and thought into the process of change. By having a good change management strategy in place we can reap major benefits such as:

    • Understanding the impact of change on our business
    • Aligning costs and resources of change to support the change
    • Maintaining the continuity and productivity of the business
    • Minimizing the amount of friction and reducing the level of failure

Agenda

The Difference between change management and change leadership | Becoming a champion in change
Sofie van Acker, CFO, Volvo Car Belgium

Many CxOs know for a fact that it is important to have a change strategy in place. Though the execution of a change strategy is not as easy as it seems! To keep a change strategy in place you need a good leader who embodies the strategy and knows how to execute it!

During this interview with Sofie van Acker the CFO Belgium of Volvo, we will talk about the differences between change management and change leadership and why it is so important to have a CxO at the steering wheel that knows how to manage change in terms of leadership and not as management. In this interview we will zoom in on the 3 C’s of creative leadership according to the Center of Creative Leadership:

    • How to communicate? Focus on the “why” not just the “what” of the change, to increase the buy-in of employees
    • How to collaborate? Break down silos, encourage boundary spanning, don’t tolerate competition
    • How to commit? Model persistence, adapt to challenges and stay positive and patient

The benefits of having a change strategy in place | Implementing Leadership effectiveness and Organization frameworks
Ilse Geukens, CFO BELUX & Morocco, Siemens
Bram Vromans, CDO, IKEA
David Callebaut, CISO, Brussels Airlines

Managing successful organizational change can increase morale among workers and drive positive job enrichment. These factors can directly and positively affect productivity and quality of work. If not managed correctly change can cause friction. Friction is a bottleneck for many businesses for example, it causes a lot of wear & tear, inefficiency, energy loss, and lost resources to its business processes and employees.

During this panel, we will take a closer look at the strategy best practices during the change from a CxO’s perspective. As prevention is better than cure the panelist will share their experiences on the factors that cause friction within their organisation and function. We will talk about:

    • Minimizing friction with the help of leadership effectiveness
    • Creating an organizational adaptability framework to lower the impact of change
    • Managing an agile delivery which drives team dynamics an collaboration
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Sofie van Acker

CFO, Volvo Car Belgium

Sofie Van Acker is 48 jaar, gehuwd, mama van één zoon, afkomstig van het Gentse en woonachtig te Knokke-Heist. Zij is in 1997 afgestudeerd aan de faculteit Rechten van de RUG en heeft aaneensluitend nog een Speciale Licentie Fiscaliteit gedaan aan de Vlerick Business School. Daarna heeft zij 5 jaar gewerkt bij KPMG als Tax Adviser en 1 jaar als jurist bij het studiecentrum van een Sociaal Secretariaat.

In 2004 is zij in dienst gekomen bij Volvo Car Gent in de HR afdeling om meer specifiek ondersteuning te bieden aan de personeelsadministratie op gebied van sociale wetgeving en fiscaliteit. Daarnaast heeft zij nog een aantal specifieke subsidieprojecten begeleid en is in 2007 coach geworden van de interne controle afdeling binnen Volvo Car Gent. Het is in die functie dat zij de overstap gemaakt heeft van HR naar Finance. In 2009 heeft zij verantwoordelijk geworden voor de afdeling kost controle binnen Volvo Car Gent om dan na een jaar de opportuniteit te krijgen om de verkoopafdeling van Volvo Car BELUX (divisie van Volvo Car Belgium NV) in Brussel te versterken. Daar is zij 10 jaar CFO geweest van de importeurdivisie van Volvo Cars en heeft zij dus de kans gekregen om naast kennis van het productieproces ook commerciële ervaring op te doen.

Midden 2020 is zij dan teruggekeerd naar de roots in Gent om CFO te worden van Volvo Car Belgium NV. Haar grootste motivatie is een sparing partner te zijn van de business zowel in de dagdagelijkse uitdagingen als in strategische projecten die de toekomst van de Volvo fabriek ondersteunen.

Ilse Geukens

CFO BELUX & Morocco, Siemens
Ilse is a well-experienced financial with 20 years of experience. For 16 years she has been working for Siemens in different finance positions until she became the VP Finance Digital Industries for the area Belgium, Luxemburg and the fresh speaking parts of Africa.

Bram Vromans

CDO, IKEA

As an experienced people manager I’m having a broad expertise in project, portfolio & digital management in the telecom, energy & retail sector. I am combining my work in the private sector with a teaching assignment at the university and a mentorship/advisory role for several start-ups.

As an experienced & pragmatic chief digital officer, I have been leading change and transformation programs as well as optimizing processes in different organizations. Moreover, I have been supporting commercial managements team on growing e-commerce and the use of self service platforms.

Currently, I am working as a Country Digital Manager at IKEA Belgium. Taking full responsibility for the digital agenda of the country and leading the digital team to ensure that the organization is ready to provide the best customer journey possible, in line with IKEA’s global strategy & digital solutions.

Next to that I am proud dad of two, an eager traveler and sports addict.

David Callebaut

CISO, Brussels Airlines
David heeft meer dan 20 jaar ervaring als Information Security specialist. Hij heeft verschillende CISO functies bekleedt o.a. bij Delhaize Group, BNY Mellon, Brussels Airlines en Jan De Nul. David is van opleiding IT’er maar vond snel de weg naar de wondere wereld van cybersecurity waar hij sindsdien in blijven vertoeven is. Hij is managing partner van een consultancy bedrijf van Information Security specialisten. Governance, Risk & Compliance is zijn favoriet speelveld.

David heeft als gastpreker al opgetreden voor verschillende evenementen waaronder de Privacyproef (2018), GDPR salon (2018, 2019) en het Belgian Cyber Security Convention in 2019. Daarnaast heeft hij al gastles gegeven aan de Antwerp Management School voor de Master Class Information Security aan de Solvay Business School bij het Executive Master in Information Security. Zijn focus is steeds een pragmatische aanpak en vertaling van de theoretische materie van Information Security.

Het continu bijleren is voor iedereen die in aanraking komt met (cyber) security belangrijk. Daarbij hoort ook de nodige skills om de doelstellingen als cyber expert tot een succes te brengen. De manier om van een expert naar een leader te gaan en alle stakeholders tevreden te houden is wat deze opleiding relevant maakt voor de ingeschrevenen.

David vind een open dialoog en het niet najagen van soms sterk verankerde ideeën belangrijk. Zijn devies: niemand heeft de waarheid in pacht en staat steeds open voor respectvolle discussie van de verschillende zaken die in de opleiding gebracht worden.

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