Bart Smets, MD at IT2Profit, is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. A seasoned leader who has worked ast CTO of Coca-Cola and other companies, he shares his insights about topics such as ICT, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Crypto, Tokenisation, OCT & Cybersecurity.
Bart Smets is a seasoned leader with a large international, intercultural experience in Business projects, Managed Services, IT and Security as well operationally as commercial. Bart Smets is the Chief Information Officer at Corona Direct Verzekeringen, MD at IT2Profit: ICT and Blockchain Strategic Consultancy. Having a background as regional CTO in Coca-Cola, Bart is also the Co-Founder and COO at SwissCryp, Co-founder at Lux Consulting.
Bart Smets Interview Focus
1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…
2. What can you tell us about your role at ITProfit? What’s the mission & vision of the company?
3. Your work at Coca-Cola and your main takeaways from that experience? 3. Being a seasoned leader and now working with emerging techs, what are your views on blockchain?
4. And what about Bitcoin, crypto and the tokenisation of many businesses and organizations we are going through?
5. How do you see the challenges with the fragmentation of technology and close of technologies and systems? Special as technology – Internet protocols, Blockchain, AI advances so fast?
Bart Smets Biography
Coming from a science background, Bart Smets started his career as a technician at Europdata Systems, where he evolved to Manager RF (Sales, Project Management and Product Management). He further developed his knowledge in field force automation by joining TheCoca-ColaCompany. Bart left the Coca-Cola Company in 2005 to start up his own IT Consultancy company in order to guide other companies and suppliers in the complex material of dealing with optimal organizational performance, suppliers,outsourcing, business development, innovation processes.
Bart Smets is also the Chief Information Officer at Corona Direct Verzekeringen, MD at IT To Profit: ICT and Blockchain Strategic Consultancy performing the role of portfolio management; program and project management since 2006. Along with that, he is the Co-Founder and COO at SwissCryp and Co-founder at Lux Consulting.
Bart is a seasoned leader with a large international, intercultural experience in business projects, managed services, IT and security as well operationally as commercial.
He also holds several mandates on the board of directors and advisory councils and as senior consultant in other ventures. Bart is also a guest teacher at the universities ofAntwerp and Brussels.
Among his specialties are crypto currencies and blockchain initiatives, OTC Deals, turn around management, IT strategy, security strategy, services organization design and restructuring, commercialisation of managed services, change management, vendor performance management, sourcing strategy, business process and IT outsourcing, application – process and systems monitoring. All of this combined with a strong commercial drive for as well internal as external commercialisation.
Experience at Coca-Cola Company
Bart Smets joined Coca-Cola as Director of IT Services and Chief Technology Officer for Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East in 1998. During 7 years, he was responsible for all IT Services provided to all locations in 64 countries, including all external relationships and several outsourcing engagements. Additionally, he was in charge of all IT Programs and Projects as well as the operational support for all Business Applications, Infrastructure (data centers, networks, …..) and end user equipment and support.
As regional CTO, his responsibility was in the management of the teams around infrastructure, datacenter, first and second level support, security, and all external vendor relationships, partnerships and outsourcing engagements.
As a seasoned leader in different sectors and large companies, Bart is focused on business strategy and growth. For him, strategy is key in a company’s performance. He defines strategy as the focus on long term results to drive business performance, optimise ICT and Security organisations and boost Service Providers and vendors. Large Outsourcing deals are part of running business.
IT2Profit is a Belgium-based consultancy company focused on providing IT support for businesses and individuals. Founded in 2006, IT2Profit is specialized in providing training and coaching services for all IT management profiles; Blockchain and DLT Services; ICT Services and Outsourcing evaluations.
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