Bart Steukers (58) is to be the new CEO of technology federation Agoria as of 1 April 2021. He will succeed Marc Lambotte, who will retire from Agoria at the age of 65. The board of directors already made this decision for a smooth transition in these difficult coronavirus times, Mr Lambotte said.
Bart Steukers is thoroughly familiar with Agoria and the technology sector. He has been working as Agoria's Context Director since 2016. He charted the course for Agoria's activities in the digital and manufacturing industry, helped shape our study centre and coordinated the representation of interests. He previously worked at Unisys for eleven years, where he became General Manager for Continental Europe, and for eighteen years at IBM as Public Sector Executive for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“That great affinity with the technology sector and his involvement with Agoria and our members, in combination with the successful way in which he led and expanded 'Be The Change', our project on the future of the labour market, were important elements for the board of directors to appoint Bart Steukers,” Marc Lambotte explains. “Thanks to that project, the arrangements for the relaunch of the labour market are already in place. We know perfectly which jobs will disappear by 2030, which ones will be added and who is best suited to undergo further training or retraining.”
Bart Steukers will take over from Marc Lambotte, who has been CEO since 2014 and will retire from Agoria on 1 April 2021 at the age of 65. “But I feel fit as a fiddle so I'm not going to rest,” says Mr Lambotte. He's going to be self-employed. “Succeeding Marc is no easy task. He leaves behind a very strong and healthy organization and is also very strong on the communication front. It is an honour to be able to learn from him and to follow in his footsteps', Bart Steukers says.
‘The digital transformation requires a broad support base, especially after the enormous economic and human shock we are going through. I want to bolster that support. No sector of the Belgian economy can escape the consequences of digitization, but the impact is different for each sector. The biggest challenge in the digital transformation is not the technology but the mindset. A company that wants to digitalize must have time and resources, but first and foremost the people. I am ready to take up that challenge,’ Mr Steukers says.
Bart Steukers is a sales engineer and has a master’s degree in business administration.
Agoria has almost 2000 member companies. More than 310,000 people work in the technology sector. In 2019, that sector generated a turnover of €129 billion and invested more than €4 billion
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The technology federation Agoria has some 2000 member companies and is there for everyone who is inspired by technology. The technology industry in our country is the sector with the highest added value (€30 billion in 2019) and the highest real economic growth (11.5% since 2015). It employs more than 310,000 people. In 2019 it generated a turnover of €129 billion, while investments exceeded €4 billion.
As to Agoria’s services and views on talent policy, market development, regulation, digitization, smart eco systems, infrastructure, the manufacturing industry, climate, the environment and energy, with “Be the Change” Agoria is strongly committed to the influence of digitization on the labour market. Agoria is the main sponsor of the Agoria Solar Team of 20 Belgian students who are keen to become world champion in solar car racing in Australia for the second time in 2021. The organization has some 200 employees who work in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liège and Charleroi.