Herman Daems awarded ‘Gulden Spoor voor Economische Uitstraling’


Herman Daems awarded ‘Gulden Spoor voor Economische Uitstraling’

Herman Daems, the Chairman of the BNP Paribas Fortis Board of Directors is rewarded ‘Gulden Spoor voor Economische Uitstraling’ for this year. The Vlaanderen-Europa (Flanders-Europe) Movement, a non-profit organisation, confers this distinction annually on “deserving persons who make a noteworthy impression in the socio-economic field.”

The Vlaanderen-Europa Movement describes Herman Daems as “one of those unique persons who manage to make a success story of a career ranging between the world of academe and the financial and business world.” Herman Daems not only taught at the University of Leuven but was also for a long period a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School in Boston, the University of California in Los Angeles and the IESE in Barcelona.

In his business life he built a distinguished career at companies such as the former Belgacom, Glaverbel, Telenet, Barco, Lannoo, Coware and the investment company GIMV. He was the architect behind the planning for the restructuring of VRT in 1995 and he is the spiritual father of the corporate governance code for stock-exchange-listed companies which bears his name. Following the announcement of the closure of Ford Genk, he was tasked by the Flemish government to work out a master plan for the conversion of the industrial infrastructure in the province of Limburg. Herman Daems is also currently a member of the group of experts studying the impact of Brexit on, inter alia, business life in Flanders.

 “On behalf of the entire Bank I would like to convey my sincere congratulations to Herman Daems on receiving this honour,” stated CEO Max Jadot, underlining: “Since 2009 we have been able to call on his strategic advice and rich experience.  In addition to that he also finds the time to write books and opinion pieces, motivated by a passion to understand where our society is heading and what sort of world we’re creating for tomorrow.”