I’m an experienced IT Manager with a broad knowledge of software development, project/program/portfolio management and service & operations. A people manager who loves to coach individuals and to manage teams, in a local or international context. Pragmatic, goal oriented and flexible.

Experience

  • Head of Development

    at Thomas Cook Group

    May 2014 - September 2019

    Flanders

    As a result of a new reorganisation of Group IT, I had the opportunity to take responsibility over all the development involved in the complete production process ( from contracting over sales till settlement ). I had an extra mission to unite all the teams ( 150 FTE ) in all locations to act as one team. Most important tasks: • Execute the Group Technology Roadmap • Introduce agile way of working • Create Nearshore capability for software development • Optimise collaboration over all locations • Drive the transformation of important mainframe applications to open systems

  • IT Manager

    at Thomas Cook Belgium

    March 2011 - April 2014

    Flanders

    As a consequence of a group-wide reorganisation, Business Units got dismantled and IT systems consolidated. In my new role I was in charge of the Belgian IT ( 40 FTE ) with the goal to integrate Belgian IT in the Continental segment. My most important tasks: • Represent Belgian IT in Continental Europe and represent Continental IT for the Belgian business • Manage IT Budgets, manage suppliers • Roll-out Group and/or Segment applications in Belgium and decommission local systems • Integrate local IT staff into the Continental IT work-force

  • Manager ATOS

    at Thomas Cook Belgium

    July 2004 - February 2011

    Flanders

    As further acquisitions in the Netherlands and France happened, Thomas Cook built international business units. I got the opportunity to take the lead of an IT team supporting the “Dynamic Business”. It was an autonomous IT team ( approx. 25 FTE ) with responsibility for Program & Project Management, Change Management, Architecture, Business and Functional Analysis, Development and Infrastructure. Most important realisations: • Migration of the Dutch Car/City business towards our platform • Migration of the French Car/City business and Long Haul business towards our platform. • Development of various interfaces and integrations with external partners/suppliers ( search and book regular flights, HS trains and hotels ) • Organise a Change Advisory Board with senior management of the 3 countries.

  • Manager Applications

    at Thomas Cook Belgium

    October 1995 - June 2004

    Flanders

    After the acquisition of Sunsnacks by Thomas Cook, I got the role of Manager Applications. I was responsible for the functional and technical teams ( approx. 20 FTE ) for both mainframe and open systems. Most important realisations: • Transformation of a classic TO system ( package holidays ) towards a modern TO system ( component based and dynamic packaging). A fundamental change of the platform. Project took approx. 24 months. • Development of a number of applications to support Retail, accounting and sales on open systems.

  • Project Manager

    at THomas Cook Belgium - Sunsnacks

    April 1990 - April 1995

    Flanders

    Sunsnacks was a daughter company of an airliner called TEA, and was successful TourOperater in Belgium. My most important projects: • Management and enhancements for the Tour Operating System • Development of a Data warehouse • First generation e-commerce website

  • Developer / Lead Developer

    at Sema Group

    August 1982 - March 1990

    Bruxelles-Capitale

    Sema Group was market leader in building Tour Operating Systems in Europe. I’ve worked for a variety of customers. I rapidly got responsibility of a development team at a customer, an airline company in Düsseldorf. Main activity was the development and maintenance of the supporting systems for the aircraft maintenance departments.

Education

  • Bachelor Degree ICT

    at HIK Geel

    1978 - 1980 (2 years) Flanders

Languages

  • Dutch Native

  • English Negotiation

  • German Negotiation

  • French Conversation

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