Stijn Bijnens
CEO at Cegeka

Stijn Bijnens is CEO of Cegeka Group NV, a family-owned IT Solutions Provider with a revenue of 774 mio EUR, 5500+ employees, headquarters in Hasselt (BE) and offices in 11 European countries (figures 2021).

Prior to that, he was CEO of LRM NV, VP Security Solutions at Verizon Business, Senior VP at Cybertrust Inc, Founder and CEO of Verizon, Lecturer at the Computer Science Dept at Trinity College (Ireland), and PHD Researcher at the Dept of Computer Science at KULeuven. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science at KULeuven.

His interests include emerging technologies and their integration into business models. He is a big believer in ‘the trinity of innovation’ – 5G, AI and hybrid cloud – as the game-changer for the next decade, and containerization as a paradigm shift in software engineering. Also: cyber security and risk management, the triple helix model on innovation and coaching young entrepreneurs.

  • 2022: IT Person of the Year (Computable)
  • 2019: Herman Dessers Entrpreneur Award / Ondernemersprijs Herman Dessers (VOKA Limburg)
  • 2017: Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Hasselt (Universiteit Hasselt)
  • 2016: Investor of the Year / Entrepreneur Awards (Top Management)
  • 1999: Manager of the Year (Trends Magazine)
  • 1998: DataNews Award of Excellence for a Startup Company (DataNews)

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