Bjorn Van Reet was born on July 17, 1977 in Wilrijk, Antwerp (Belgium). Bjorn is happily together with Grietje Vanderheijden. Together with their four children Wout, Daan, Lien and Lotte they live together in Hofstade, Zemst.
In his professional life, Bjorn is active as a passionate manager in ICT, Digital, Innovation & Transformation. Even during his studies he already started his first IT company called Desonet (Design On the Net). A web development company who was changing the rules of the internet game at that time.
After his studies, he started off his career at a company called Inventive Designers where he tried to realize his international dream. Very quickly he continued his career at the Cronos Group where he had the opportunities to develop himself and grow as a person. Jef De Wit, the owner of the Cronos Group, was also his person mentor. In the following years, he has been working his way up at the Adecco Group.
He started within the Adecco Group Belgium as a System Manager, became ICT Director (CIO) and helped Adecco realizing a big internal reorganization and became VP Client Management for EMEA. Adecco Group Belgium asked him to come back to Belgium to combine the role as Managing Director of Modis & Customer Care and the IT Director role for the group in Belgium. Modis is an IT consultancy company within the group and Customer Care is taking care of call center profiles for his clients.
After 14 beautiful years within the Adecco Group Bjorn decided to move on. Today he is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Kinepolis Group, a Belgium founded fast growing company with an international footprint. Kinepolis is active in 9 countries and are passionate to give their customers a great night out in one of the 110 cinemas complexes. Enjoy the ultimate cinema experience, only at Kinepolis!
In 2018 Bjorn received the title of ‘CIO of the year‘ by the biggest digital magazine in Belgium, Data News. He was granted the title for his digital vision, his passion for people and his strategy to put the customer in the center.
Bjorn loves to share his vision and in 2018 he received the title of ‘Best Public Speaker‘ by CIONet, the biggest CIO community in the world. During his speeches you can feel the passion and the energy. His favorite topics to talk about are People, Technology & the fast changing world.
To help driving companies to the next digital level Bjorn is also a respected board member of Beltug, the Belgian Association of Digital Technology Leaders. Sharing your knowledge is key to help companies to move to the next digital level. The global economy is already challenging enough, so sharing is a key part of our role as digital leaders.
Since 2020 Bjorn also writes digital opinion articles for one of the leading digital technology websites in Belgium, being Computable.be. He’s always looking forward to read your opinion on his articles to open the chat around digital topics.
Bjorn has a passion for leadership & innovation. Everything he does is related to developing people to bring out the best in themselves and others with the fast changing world taking into consideration. This means he also challenges himself constantly. Every year, he tries to stretch his boundaries on a professional level. However, being passionate about your work implies realizing that you are an essential part of this work. If you’re not healthy, then your work is not healthy either. That’s why Bjorn attaches great importance to spending time with his family, playing sports and eating healthy — convinced that you can be a better manager if you’re balanced in life.
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“It’s nice to be important,
but it’s more important to be nice”