Koen Van Gerven to step down as Bpost group CEO

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Bpost’s group CEO Koen Van Gerven has announced that he will not be a candidate for the renewal of the role, with his current mandate ending on February 26, 2020.

He commented, “A lot of hard work has been delivered over the past years with the entire team. We’ve successfully tackled multiple challenges and the company knows where it’s heading. The vision, strategy and plans are clear, and their execution has begun. Recent results have shown that the group is armed with a strong ambition and the right people to respond to the changes of a digitizing world. The first green shoots of our strategy roll-out are present, but we still have a long way to go. Therefore, bpost needs a CEO who can guarantee continuity in our transformation journey for the full term of the six-year mandate.”

François Cornelis, chairman of bpost’s board of directors, added, “Over the past six years, Koen has led the group through a significant transformation of its activities with courage and commitment. He has maintained the company’s societal role in Belgium, reacted appropriately to the changing market, and launched new products and services in order to guarantee the sustainable growth of the company. On behalf of the Board, I would like to offer him my sincere thanks for the work done and to wish him all the best in his future projects.”

Van Gerven joined bpost in 2006 as director retail and financial services, a role in which he led the important reorganization of the post offices. He was chairman of the Board of bpost bank before his appointment as CIO in 2009. He was part of the team that prepared the successful IPO of the company in June 2013. In February 2014, he was appointed to the role of bpost group CEO. The board of directors has launched the recruitment process for a new CEO.

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