I had the pleasure of interviewing Koen Vanderhoydonk, CEO Belgium & Luxembourg blanco. His expressive passion for the future of banking made him a FinTech and RegTech influencer for the past years. He envisions the client to be in the driver seat of change and banks to provide a seamless experience using the latest technology.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
When I was younger, I felt my life was already set. I was to become an engineer like my father. At a young age, I found out that the real-world was not build with bits and bytes, zeroes and ones nor latest tech alone. But rather a subtle mix between human interactions, actual solutions and good old emotions. I found this mix at Euroclear where I became a commercial guy that converted customers into real friends all over Europe. My passion for the overall banking industry sharpened as I got older.
I was very proud when I became General Manager for Belgian bank offering B2B services. That was the moment I started to be more active on social media. It took a few years after the 2008 crisis before Fintech reached our small country. I got the opportunity to travel and see a lot of initiatives in Europe. I brought back home several stories about banks delivering really cutting-edge products and happily shared them with the local community. At this time, I co-founded a local “Financial Think Tank”.
Time flies when you are having fun. Without realizing it I became an influencer. I appreciate the recognition; however, I believe modesty suits a good influencer. Most of us have a day job and contribute to the community in the evening and weekends. I have been like that too for a long time. Until I got the opportunity to become the CEO Belgium and Luxembourg for Blanco. I love and enjoy every moment and feel that I’m working hard toward a highly technology enabled future for our industry allowing to put the client fully in the center supported by regulations…