CIO Speaker’s Café – CIO Testimonial from CIO of the Year

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15:30 - 20:00


Salons Van Edel, Wilrijk


15.30 Welcome & Registration

16.00 Introduction by Peter Vermeylen, Chairman CIOforum & Corporate IT Director Ardena

16.15 Keynote of Elke Laeremans, COO/CIO of Torfs, CIO of the Year 2021

Elke Laeremans started her career as a software developer twenty years ago and has since held just about every possible role. In 2001 she entered the world of CRM. Bridging the gap between business and IT is a clear common thread in her career. Since 2011 Elke has taken on different roles in general IT management.
After working as Chief Digital Officer at shoe retailer Torfs, she took charge of IT in 2018. To add to the challenge, she became chief operating officer in the turbulent, pandemic year of 2020, alongside her job as a CIO. This combination makes her capable of leading and future-proofing the backbone of the organization. As coach of the project management office, she facilitates a transverse, agile project organization, in order to meet strategic goals and keep up with the rapidly changing expectations.

‘Why do I love my job? Because it’s not just about technology or organizational structure. It’s about the people at the heart of our company, about our customer love and finding the right balance.’

17.00 Q&A

17.15 2022 priorities from CIO’s in different industries

– Henk De Jonghe, CIO Galapagos
– Erik Govers, CIO VPK Group
– Kees van Rein, Country Ops Manager Benelux HeidelbergCement
– Veerle Lozie, COO/CIO Melexis
– Erwin Verstraelen, CDIO Port of Antwerp
– Peter Vermeylen, Corporate IT Director Ardena

18.00 Closing by Peter Vermeylen with a view on the upcoming CIOforum events and priorities

18.10 Networking opportunity accompanied by food and drinks

20.00 Closing of the Event