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Piet Vandendriessche, new CEO of Deloitte Belgium
Deloitte is planning to increase its staff by 20%, bringing the number of employees to 4,000.
Diegem, Belgium - 28 June 2016
Piet Vandendriessche has been named as the new CEO of Deloitte Belgium. After double-digit growth in 2016, Deloitte wants to keep up the momentum and maintain its position as market leader. "We want to grow from 3,200 to 4,000 employees between now and 2020', Vandendriessche said.
More risk, more acquisitions, more digitisation
Vandendriessche sees three major trends at work on the market today: 'Across the globe, people are looking for more security and better risk management: of cyber risks, but also risks due to a failure to meet ever more complex and fragmented regulations. We are also seeing renewed growth within the mergers and acquisitions market. Companies and private equity funds are pursuing investments that stimulate sustainable growth, as there are cash assets available.'
The third trend Deloitte has observed is that companies are undergoing change in order to remain relevant in an increasingly technological and digital world. In this context, they need advice in various domains such as cloud solutions and data analysis. Vandendriessche: 'We're also seeing this trend in our figures for 2016: our Consulting department has seen growth of 25%.'
Internationalisation of professional services
The growth strategy highlighted by Vandendriessche relies on organic growth supplemented by acquisitions. Vandendriessche said: 'We anticipate that our advisory services will continue to grow. But the weight of internationalisation is also increasing: Deloitte is seeing more and more cross-border collaboration. Belgian staff are also highly sought-after on the global market.' Deloitte also wants to focus on family businesses with head offices in Belgium.
As for acquisitions, Vandendriessche would like to strengthen the current service offering in certain strategically important niches. 'We have already successfully applied this strategy in the past, among other things, with Orbit's digital financial administration, Vision's innovative learning solutions and Numius's data analysis.'
20% staff increase
This growth strategy also means that Deloitte will make additional efforts to attract and retain talent: between now and 2020, the company wants to increase its staff by 20%, expanding from 3,200 employees to nearly 4,000.
Deloitte also wants to develop its employees internally. 'I will ensure further diversity and create an environment where people are happy and have room for growth and development. We have many ongoing projects that stimulate well-being at work.'
Boosting entrepreneurial spirit
In order to achieve this growth, Deloitte is also aware that is needs to fulfil its role in society.
Employment and entrepreneurial spirit are both domains the organisation would like to focus on. 'We are trying to integrate our social role into our daily operations as much as possible through the Deloitte Foundation. This aspect covers the company in its entirety, all of our employees.'
According to Vandendriessche, the new head office should be thought of with this in mind. 'Thanks to our central location close to the airport, we are fulfilling our aim to be an international hub.'
Piet Vandendriessche takes over from Rik Vanpeteghem who, after eight years at the head of Deloitte Belgium, will assume the role of Managing Director of the EMEA region and member of the Global Executive Committee.
Piet Vandendriessche Biography
Thanks to his international experience, Piet Vandendriessche has all the necessary strengths to support Deloitte's internationalisation. As a former business unit leader, he is also very familiar with the market.
- Began his career at Arthur Andersen in 1988, and became a partner in 1998;
- Specialised in international tax with a strong emphasis on indirect tax;
- Piet Vandendriessche was a member of the European Commission's VAT expert group;
- Since 2008, he has been Managing Partner for Deloitte Tax and Legal Belgium, a practice that now comprises 50 partners and 700 employees;
- For five years, he was Global Managing Director Indirect Tax, DTTL;
- He is a lecturer at KULeuven;
- Between 2013 and 2015, he was also EMEA Regional Tax and Legal Managing Director;
- As CEO, he heads the executive committee of Deloitte Belgium. He develops strategic policies for the company and its 3,200 employees and is responsible for its daily management;
- He is also a member of the DTTL Global management and the Deloitte EMEA Council.