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Koen joined Tele Atlas in 1995. There he transformed the modest Ghent IT environment into a state-of-the-art operational international infrastructure, with strategic locations in Europe, the US and India, over the course of five years. In 2002 he moved to Tenneco Automotive. Before becoming CIO at Wolters Kluwer Belgium in October 2013, he was Infrastructure Services Manager at Vandemoortele for seven years.
Wolters Kluwer Belgium provides specialized sector information and technological solutions. Financial services companies can also call on Wolters Kluwer Financial Services for risk, compliance and auditing solutions.
Headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer is active in more than 40 countries in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America and has 19,000 employees worldwide. More than 600 employees work at the locations in Belgium. Koen Tacq’s internal IT team is made up of 40 employees.
1. What is your biggest professional achievement?
Starting up the offshore IT facilities in India for Tele Atlas. I set off, armed with a local architect’s business card and the details of a plot where the building was to be constructed. A little over a year later, 20 professionals were working there. There would soon be several hundred. Tele Atlas was a pioneer in the expansion of digital maps and has since been taken over by TomTom.
2. Who would you like to sit next to on a plane and what would you like to ask him or her?
I would like to sit next to a Tom Waes type, but it certainly wouldn’t have to be a famous person. Just a world traveler who’s enthusiastic about sharing their experience of the most beautiful places in the world. I am passionate about history, culture and how society works in different areas.
3. You can’t go a day without…?
I can’t manage without sleep or a cappuccino. I hate getting up in the morning but thanks to my cappuccino I somehow manage every time.
4. How would you describe your job?
My job consists mainly of putting together a good team. It’s like playing with Lego. You have to have enough bricks, but they also have to fit together well.
5. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this job?
I probably would have been working in the kitchen at my own restaurant. I wouldn’t choose a specific cuisine, I’d switch between them. But it would be a shame if I wasn’t able to travel as much myself.
6. What do you consider the most important innovation of the last 20 years?
The concept of the digital map. It’s radically changed the way we get around and localize each other. Nowadays almost everyone has a satellite navigation system in their pocket. We use them to go running, cycling or skiing and most cars have one too.
7. What would you like to invent to make your daily life easier?
A tool to note my thoughts down in a structured way.
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