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Van Roye does not like being pinned down to a management style. The attitude he adopts depends on the environment, the situation and the team members. The job has to be successfully completed – for him, that’s the most important thing. To relax, he has recently taken up tennis again.
He gained a degree in electronics, option IT, from the Catholic college in Sint-Lieven. In 2004, he joined the Ypresbased textile machine group Picanol as a system engineer. A few years later, as IT Manager Infrastructure, Tommy led the group’s worldwide IT activities. From 2011 to 2013, he offered his services to the logistics group DSV. Since 2013, he has been IT Manager Infrastructure at the Vlerick Business School. In 2015, he set up a company that focuses on Wi-Fi: wifiadvies.
The Vlerick Business School was established in 1953. The 450 master’s and MBA students from 27 countries and over 3,500 business leaders are taught by internationally renowned lecturers on campuses in Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and St. Petersburg. About 250 people work there. The school cooperates closely with the universities of Ghent and Leuven as well as with 40 international business schools, including Beijing University in China and the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa.
That was, without doubt, the international standardization project at Picanol, the textile machine group from Ypres. I was abroad almost constantly for two years for that, from 2006 to 2008. I led a virtual team of five people each in the US and China. At the same time, a new plant was set up in China and, for that, we took on an IT manager. My job was to head up the entire IT management structure. After the many acquisitions and all the catching up, of course everything had to be perfectly integrated.
Next to Stephen Hawking. I’d like to know how a genius like him sees life. I want to ask him what impact future developments will have on people and their behavior. What does he think the world will look like in five to ten years’ time?
At first I thought I wasn’t faithful to any brand, but that’s not entirely true. I’m always faithful to Nutella. For other purchases, I’ll look at everything critically first. All the components have to be just right.
As a job for which you have to keep on training all the time. You really have to learn something new every day to keep up with the high-speed developments.
That was Jurgen Couvreur, CFO at Picanol in 2005. I still remember very clearly how I felt when I asked Jurgen and the chief accountant to release a budget of €1 million to start the international standardization project. The second most important person, in my career, would be IT Manager Bernard Pauwels.
Teleportation. For me, the worst thing about traveling is the traveling itself, because of the time we waste going from one location to another.