The Changing Role of the CIO (1)

In the run up to the CIONET Belgium Annual Event on January 31st, here’s a short introduction to the following guest speakers:

Pierre Gressier (3 Suisses International, France second biggest e-Business group) will discuss the Transition from IT Transformation to Enterprise Transformation.

Pierre is at the head of the huge IT project aiming to modernise and re-dimension the job procedures and processes of the 3 Suisses International Group’s mass-market companies. This investment of over €80m is one of the biggest of its kind in France at the moment. The project focuses on modernising the Group’s mass-market companies, the objective being to accelerate the transition of its company’s activities to the internet, gaining them competitive advantage in the e-Commerce industry. Pierre graduated from Ecole Polytechnique. Prior to joining 3 Suisses International, he was CIO of FNAC and Canal+.

Pieter Schoehuijs (AkzoNobel, the largest global paints and coatings firm) will talk about Change Management.

At the helm of an IT department of 900 people in 43 countries with an annual budget of +€300m, Pieter  has defined the IT roadmap in terms of consolidation and shared services where possible, and on differentiation and innovation where valuable. So far, 182 ERP systems have been consolidated to less than 100 with a target of 6 in the coming years. He focusses on building effective teams, often geographically dispersed, and strong alignment with business processes. Pieter holds a Master in Computer Science from the Technical University Delft. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, he worked in the USA as IT Director for Flowserve, then as CIO at Engelhard (now BASF Catalysts).

Date: Thursday January 31st
Time: 1:30pm – 9pm
Venue: Théâtre du Vaudeville, Galerie de la Reine 13, 1000 Brussels

CIONET members can register via the event page on
Non CIONET members who wish to attend the Annual Event can contact Mieke Pauwels at

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