Before he was promoted to CEO of KBC, Johan Thijs has held a range of roles in the finance, banking & insurance industries in Europe. He holds an executive role in the Flemish professional organisation of entrepreneurs & has an MSc in Applied Mathematics & in Actuarial Sciences from KU Leuven. He also completed London Business School's Senior Executive Programme.

Johan first ran KBC’s insurance company. Since he has been promoted to CEO of the whole group, he leads around 45,000 people. When he was given the job, he tasked himself with a very clear directive – to clear up the legacy resulting from the financial crisis & restore the trust of clients, employees & shareholders.

Digitalisation undoubtedly has a huge impact on KBC. In 2014 the company adapted its business model, shifting from a traditional brick-and-mortar network to an omnichannel network.

My guess is that the impact of the changing customer behavior is of such a kind that the banking sector has to reinvent itself.

Johan’s major challenge today consists of leading his company in the digital-transformation era as a successful bankinsurance group. A tough challenge, as many factors & counterparties are new or even unknown, but one Johan is looking forward to. 

Thijs (KBC): 'We zijn niet gezwicht voor de analisten'

KBC-topman Johan Thijs kan terugblikken op een degelijk 2017. Maar een snelle stijging van de rente-inkomsten zit er volgens hem niet meteen in. Toch kan er een extraatje af voor de aandeelhouders.

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Interview with Mr. Johan Thijs, CEO of KBC Group - International Banker

In August, Belgium’s KBC Group published its results for the first half of 2017, and yet again Europe’s leading bank-insurance institution managed to record an all-round stellar performance. Indeed, over the last few years, KBC has delivered consistent excellence, as represented by steady income growth, strong profits and exceptional profitability. The bank’s feats are even more impressive when one considers the myriad of challenges faced by the European banking sector in recent times...

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Johan Thijs (KBC): ‘Ik hou meer van realiseren dan van beloven'

KBC-topman Johan Thijs is de op zes na beste manager ter wereld. Hoe kijkt hij naar 2018? ‘Met de hoop dat alles wat stabieler wordt, al is hoop nooit een goede strategie.’ Een gesprek over zijn kwaliteiten en uw spaarboekje, over de bitcoin en de brexit, en over het WK voetbal.

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