Daniel Sluysmans, IT Manager at Liège Airport SA
Published on 25/06/2017 in Inspire
Daniel Sluysmans is a passionate IT manager with extensive experience in people management. He loves organizing adventure trips and has immense admiration for modern explorers.
Since March 2009 he has been IT Manager at Liège Airport. Prior to that, he was head of the IT department at Audi Brussels for eight years. From 1986 to 2000 he managed the IT of the new sheet metal project. After that, he managed the IT systems and networks at Volkswagen Brussels.
Liège Airport SA has three shareholders, including the Sowaer (Société Wallonne des Aéroports). Liège Airport manages the infrastructure and employs more than 200 personnel, and annually transports approximately 660,000 tons of cargo. That makes ‘Liège-Bierset’ the biggest cargo airport in Belgium. The airport also handles more than 300,000 passengers every year. The five personnel in the IT department ensure that all data generated by visitors and personnel is centralized.
- What is the best moment of your working day?
I have two favorite moments. On my way to work, when I go through everything that has to be done, and in the evening on my way home, knowing that most of the expectations have been met.
- Whom would you most like to meet?
Edmund Hillary, who climbed Mount Everest in 1953, or a modern explorer like Mike Horn. They consciously take huge risks to explore the unknown. I would like to know where these people get the energy to overcome so many physical and personal barriers.
- How would you describe your method of working?
I generally give my personnel a lot of freedom, though they probably don’t agree. If there’s an obstacle along the way, I intervene. At that point I probably come across as a manager with an authoritarian streak.
- Which piece of technology from a specific movie would you like to have?
I think it would be incredibly practical to be able to be in two places at the same time. I believe we lose a lot of time by traveling. I’d be very happy with this Back to the Future technology.
- What do you think is the most significant IT invention?
The first computers from the forties and the PCs that ensured the democratization of IT thereafter. It’s great that nearly everyone has a PC at home. But so many people now think they’re IT experts. They aren’t and that also has a negative impact.
- How do you see the role of CIO evolving over the next 20 years? Which leadership skills will be important for a CIO?
The CIO of the future will need far less technical baggage. His primary skill will be to listen well and know which tools he needs for reaching predefined goals. So he’ll need the qualities of a conductor.
- What would you still like to achieve in your career?
I’d like us to have agile, flexible systems at Liège Airport, so that the personnel have all the requisite tools to work efficiently. At the moment we are also working very hard to give all our travelers and the client cargo a personalized service.