Today, Harry Van Donink takes office as CEO of KPMG Belgium. Amid a pandemic, Harry and the newly elected Management Team will work together to re-focus priorities, create a workplace for the future and deepen the firm’s societal impact, mirroring the perspective of CEOs globally as per the 2020 CEO Outlook Survey Report.
Brussels 1 October, 2020 – Today, Harry Van Donink takes office as CEO of KPMG Belgium. Amid a pandemic, Harry and the newly elected Management Team will work together to re-focus priorities, create a workplace for the future and deepen the firm’s societal impact, mirroring the perspective of CEOs globally as per the 2020 CEO Outlook Survey Report.
Twenty-eight years ago, Harry Van Donink started as Junior Auditor in KPMG’s Antwerp office. For the last 15 years, he has worked as Audit Partner and since 2016, simultaneously as COO and member of the Management Team. On September 1st he was elected as CEO of KPMG Belgium and will today assume responsibility from Koen Maerevoet.
Over the last weeks, since his election, Harry has worked to build a new Management Team that is active as of today. They are: Anthony Van de Ven (Head of Technology), Bart Meyer (COO), Isabelle Blomme (Head of People), Jorn De Neve (Head of Advisory), Karel Tanghe (Head of Audit), Patricia Leleu (Head of Risk), Stefanie Pauwels (Head of Markets), and Wim Van den Brande (Head of Tax, legal and Accountants). It’s a close-knit team, who together represent the voice of our people and our clients. Harry describes:
“It is our base goal to create an enabling and inspiring workplace for our people and our clients’ people - to help redefine the future of work. But also to recognize and act on the shared responsibility and opportunity we have to build better, stronger societies through our work and initiatives we take – to set the example for those around us and to help our clients do the same. Above all, I am convinced that this new team is who we need to help make it happen.”
The sentiment, and enthusiasm we see in Harry as a new CEO, is shared and that makes it that much more powerful. Our 2020 CEO Outlook Survey – explored 1600+ responses from CEOs in Belgium and around the world, on their shifting perspectives pre and mid pandemic. Results exhibited a radical shift in priorities with talent risk rising to the number 1 most significant threat to future growth (from 10th place this January). 65% of CEOs said that the public is looking to businesses to fill the void on societal challenges, and 76% agreed that as leaders they are personally responsible for change on societal issues.
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