After thirty years with Degroof Petercam, three of which were spent at the head of Private Banking, Benoît Daenen will leave his executive functions after a transition period. He will continue to exercise his mandate as director until the next General Meeting scheduled for 26 May 2020.
Bruno Colmant , CEO of Degroof Petercam: "I would like to warmly thank Benoît for his commitment and achievements in Degroof Petercam's private banking activities. We will miss his insightful perspective and his many contributions to the Executive Committee. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Steve. After several years of increased administrative, regulatory and internal workloads, I think it is important that private banking also benefits from a new business impulse. I am convinced that his experience and the new energy he will bring to Degroof Petercam will enable him to meet the challenges ahead”.
Steve De Meester adds: "I have always admired Degroof Petercam: a company with strong roots, a human dimension and unparalleled expertise. I look forward to joining the group and working with my future colleagues to offer Degroof Petercam's customers the added value they deserve".
Born in 1969, Steve De Meester studied economics and joined Deutsche Bank in Belgium in 1993. He started in the credit department and then held various positions in the Retail department. In 1999, he became Head of Distribution and Retail Banking. He joins the bank's Executive Committee in 2003. In 2007, he becomes Head of Personal Banking and later of Private Banking as well, a position that also includes responsibilities for marketing and communication, organisation and business intelligence. Since 2010, he was a member of the Board of Directors and held the position of Deputy CEO of the bank until November 2019. Father of four children, Steve is passionate about field hockey.