Bart De Smet
Bart De Smet is Executive Board Member and CEO of Ageas, a listed international insurance Group with a heritage spanning almost 200 years. It offers retail and business customers life and non-life insurance products designed to suit their specific needs, today and tomorrow. In February 2020 De Smet was also appointed as Chairman of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium.
De Smet earned a degree in mathematical sciences from KU Leuven, and also has diplomas in Actuarial Sciences and Managerial Sciences. He began his career with Argenta in 1982 before moving to the Swiss insurance company Nationale Suisse.
In 1994, he joined ING Insurance Belgium, where he was a member of the ExCo, responsible for individual and group life insurance, health insurance & banking activities. De Smet moved to Fortis in 1998, where he was a member of the management committee of Fortis AG and responsible for Fortis Employee Benefits.
In 2005, he took charge of the Broker Channel at Fortis Insurance Belgium, assuming the position of CEO of Fortis Insurance Belgium in 2007. In June 2009 he became CEO of Fortis, which was renamed Ageas following the AGM in April 2010. In 2016 he was named Manager of the Year by the economic weekly Trends.