You are not logged in!

You are not logged in!

You are not logged in!

Michael Anseeuw, Belgium's new first banker - Finance

Michael Anseeuw, Belgium’s new first banker – Finance

Next January, Michael Anseeuw will be the new boss of BNP Paribas Fortis. A banker with a profile not quite like the others.

The verdict is in. And it was the favorite in the race who won. Several names were circulating to succeed Max Jadot as CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis: HRD Sandra Wilikens, but also St├ęphane Vermeire, director of the private banking and wealth management division, or Didier Beauvois, in charge of corporate banking, or even Stefaan Decraene, who will lead the Dutch group Rabobank. And then there was Michael Anseeuw, head of the agency network. It was ultimately the latter who was chosen to take on the role of boss of the country’s first bank. At 50, he will become chairman of the management committee on January 1, while Max Jadot, the current CEO, will succeed Herman Daems as chairman of the board of directors, also from January 1, 2023.

The verdict is in. And it was the favorite in the race who won. Several names were circulating to succeed Max Jadot as CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis: HRD Sandra Wilikens, but also St├ęphane Vermeire, director of the private banking and wealth management division, or Didier Beauvois, in charge of corporate banking, or even Stefaan Decraene, who will lead the Dutch group Rabobank. And then there was Michael Anseeuw, head of the agency network. It was ultimately the latter who was chosen to take on the role of boss of the country’s first bank. At 50, he will become Chairman of the Management Committee on January 1, while Max Jadot, the current CEO, will succeed Herman Daems as Chairman of the Board of Directors, also from January 1, 2023. By appointing Max Jadot as president and Michael Anseeuw as CEO, the senior management of the French group has clearly opted for continuity. A well-known figure on the Belgian banking scene, Max Jadot has been at the helm of BNPP Fortis since 2011. For his part, Michael Anseeuw is far from unknown to anyone who frequents the bank’s management floor, Brussels. “With the choice of Michael Anseeuw as new CEO, comes at the head of the institution someone who knows our business and our bank perfectly and who, as a member of the management committee, played, with the other members, an important role in the development of our strategy”, emphasizes Max Jadot in the press release announcing these changes. Joining Fortis in 2001 after starting out with the consultant Accenture and then having founded his own start-up (Smartizens), the future CEO has a career spanning more than 20 years within the banking institution, including seven as as a member of the management committee. Coming from the seraglio, he knows the house and its various professions well. For two decades, this civil engineer, a graduate of the University of Ghent, held responsibilities there in fields as varied as consumer credit, retail banking services and even within the finance department. He notably worked as a close adviser to the former financial director of the Fortis group Gilbert Mittler. During these years, there was of course the financial crisis of 2008 and the takeover of the Belgian bank-insurer by the French. Events that the man experienced closely but which did not prevent him from continuing his momentum and climbing the ladder. Thus, in 2009, he was given responsibility for the alternative brands of BNP Paribas Fortis (Fintro, etc.). A mission he took on for five years before becoming head of the branch network in 2014 and then pushing the door of the management committee a year later. the largest department of the bank with a green logo. As such, he is in charge of products and services for private customers. He is also responsible for the clientele of entrepreneurs, SMEs and the self-employed. Two hats that see him overseeing around 5,000 employees, or half of the staff of the Belgian subsidiary, whose profit has grown steadily since its takeover by BNP Paribas to reach 2.6 billion euros last year. At the head of the bank’s engine, Michael Anseeuw has also been responsible for the reorganization of the branch network and the essential digitalization of customer relations for several years. “While being very pragmatic, he is also a visionary of the bank of the day after tomorrow”, confides a privileged observer. But still? Described by those who meet him on a daily basis as a lively and imaginative spirit, Michael Anseeuw has indeed been at the helm of several innovative projects driven by the advent of mobile banking. We are thinking in particular of the launch in Belgium of Hello bank! , the 100% mobile and digital subsidiary of the group. Under his leadership, BNPP Fortis has also integrated innovative payment solutions such as Apple Pay and Google Pay. It also has to its credit the launch of the new Visa Debit card as well as the deployment of payment terminals and e-commerce solutions (Axepta). He is also chairman of the board of directors of the identification and authentication application Itsme. Not to mention another feather in its hat: the takeover of bpost bank at the beginning of the year and its integration into the distribution channel strategy of BNPP Fortis. And on a daily basis, is there a style Michael Anseeuw, he who comes from the Aalst region, who is passionate about cosmology, who is the father of two daughters and who shares the life of a Romanist playing the violin ? In the corridors of the bank, the future CEO has the reputation of being a competent banker who masters his files. As this other BNPP Fortis employee tells us, “he still finds time to read a lot despite a very busy schedule”, to the point of being “always up to date with the latest trends of the moment”. He is also, it is said, a planning spirit who cares about details or at the very least can take ownership of things with great ease. But who wants, it seems, to print change sometimes too quickly. On the relational side, Michael Anseeuw is perceived as someone accessible, close and attentive to his staff. A strategist, he also knows how to place his lieutenants and lieutenants, thus having valuable relays at Bancontact, Itsme or even Arval (the large car leasing subsidiary of BNPP Fortis). Finally, the last peculiarity of this banker profile not quite like the others: although part of the recent history of the bank, the man does not have the network of his predecessor in the business aristocracy of the kingdom. At least not yet.

.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.