Plenary Keynote Speaker - Bart De Smet

CEO, Ageas, Belgium

Bart De Smet was born in 1957 and is a Belgian national. He earned a degree in mathematical sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (KULeuven), but also has diplomas in Actuarial Sciences (KULeuven) and Managerial Sciences (KULeuven).

He began his career with Argenta in 1982. From 1985 to 1993, he served as Executive Vice President of the Life division at the Belgian subsidiary of the Swiss insurance company Nationale Suisse.

In 1994, he joined ING Insurance Belgium, where he was a member of the ExCo, responsible for individual and group life insurance, health insurance & banking activities. Bart De Smet moved to Fortis in 1998, where he was a member of the management committee of Fortis AG and responsible for Fortis Employee Benefits.

In 2005, he took charge of the Broker Channel at Fortis Insurance Belgium, assuming the position of CEO of Fortis Insurance Belgium in 2007. In June 2009 he became CEO of Fortis, which was renamed Ageas following the AGM in April 2010.

Bart De Smet is now Chief Executive Officer of AGEAS. He was first appointed in 2009 and his term runs until the shareholders’ meeting of 2017.

Other mandates within Ageas

Executive Board Member of Ageas Insurance International N.V. (NL), non-executive Board Member of AG Insurance SA/NV (BE), Maybank Ageas Berhad Holding (Malaysia), Taiping Life (China), Muang Thai (Thailand).

Other positions held

Chairman of LEAD-IN - Inspiring leaders, Leading insights 
Non-executive Board Member of VOKA VZW
Vice Chairman of Flemish-Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Commission Corporate Governance

The title of his keynote will be "How we delivered the promise of Ambition 2018 to our employees"

For Ageas, a sustainable relationship with all stakeholders is also the key to sustainable growth. The group’s Ambition 2018 statement reflects how the company looks at its relationship with all key stakeholders, starting with its own employees. In his presentation, Bart De Smet, CEO Ageas, will elaborate on the actions that the company has taken and the initiatives that it has set up, to guarantee the well-being of its employees, to stimulate talent development and creativity and to build an inspiring and motivating working environment for all.