EMEA Regional Leader
Luchthaven Brussel Nationaal 1 J
Rik Vanpeteghem has been the Regional Managing Director of EMEA since 1 June 2015. In this capacity, he is a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) Executive and DTTL Operating Committee. As of 1 June 2016, he also became Managing Director EU Policy Centre.
From 1 June 2008 until 31 May 2016, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Deloitte Belgium. As Belgian CEO, Vanpeteghem led and managed the Executive, which sets the strategic direction of Deloitte in Belgium. During that period, he also represented the Belgian firm as a member of the DTTL Board and of the EMEA Council.
Prior to becoming CEO of Deloitte Belgium, Vanpeteghem was the managing partner of Deloitte Belgium’s Tax & Legal practice (2004-2008). Vanpeteghem began his career with Deloitte Belgium in 1985. Vanpeteghem became a tax partner, specializing in international tax planning. Throughout his career, Vanpeteghem has worked directly with many large clients; he was named several times as one of Belgium’s top tax advisers in the International Tax Review’s World Tax surveys.
Vanpeteghem has been an active member of business organizations such as VBO/ FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium), VOKA [business association in Flanders] and the American Chamber of Commerce. Vanpeteghem is a member of the Executive Committee of the KULAK, a division of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), and of the King Baudouin Foundation West Flanders support committee.
Vanpeteghem has degrees in law and business management from the University of Leuven and a degree in tax law from the University of Brussels. Vanpeteghem has been a strong promoter of the role businesses can play in education and in encouraging entrepreneurship; in addition to its own outstanding continuing professional education program for its Deloitte professionals, Deloitte Belgium runs educational programs for clients and supports national youth enterprise initiatives such as Vlajo/Jeunes Entreprises.
Vanpeteghem comes from Kortrijk in West Flanders, Belgium, where he lives with his wife and their three children. Vanpeteghem’s native tongue is Flemish (Dutch); he is fluent in French and English, and speaks basic German.