I’m jumping for joy, what a recognition! With this award, I want to inspire others not to give up. By working hard and smart while having the right people around you, you can achieve great things. I will continue to work for that every day…with or without an award.
Sophie Van Nevel
On March 23rd 2023 the top elites of the Belgian ICT & Digital community descended upon the Ghelamco Arena in Ghent to attend the 2023 edition of This is IT. This major event is the IT sector’s version of High Mass for celebrating coaching leadership, where the highly prestigious ICT & Digital Coach of the Year Award is finally presented! This year’s winner was Sophie Van Nevel, Global IT Lead Strategy & Governance at Bekaert.
Christophe VanDriessche, founder of Amon and promoter of the event, was enthusiastic about the brand-new award winner: “It’s important for the ICT and digital sector to highlight and honor people like Sophie Van Nevel. She is genuinely committed to her employees and their personal growth.”
Sophie Van Nevel is genuinely committed to her employees and their personal growth. She recognizes talent and sees opportunities.
Christophe VanDriessche, Managing Director Amon & promoter of This is IT
Sophie said: “With this award I want to inspire others to not just go for the easy way, but rather to focus on growth and to continue to invest in yourself. By working hard and smart while having the right people around you, you can achieve great things. I will continue to work for that every day…with or without an award.”
Jan Hollez, CTO of Deliverect and last year’s winner: “I already noticed it on the jury day: Sophie has the gift of captivating and inspiring people. She exudes a vitality and vibrancy. I am very happy to pass the award onto her.”
Sophie has the gift of captivating and inspiring people. She exudes a vitality and vibrancy. I am very happy to pass the award onto her.
Jan Hollez, CTO Deliverect & last year’s winner
Since March 23rd, Sophie will hold the title of ICT & Digital Coach of the Year for one year. Her team at Bekaert also receives a cheque for 7500 euros as a gift to use towards a fun, educational or bonding team activity.
9 nominees, 5 finalists
Promoter Christophe VanDriessche: “I have been active in the recruitment profession for over 20 years and notice daily just how competitive the labor market is within ICT. Companies look very hard at each other and at external talent, while sometimes paying too little attention to internal talent. This is different, though, with our nominees and finalists. They focus instead on the growth of their own employees and give room for failure and success.”
These five coaching leaders made the shortlist this year:
- Abdella Bouharrak – CIO of Ghent University
- Jeroen Lemaire – CEO of In The Pocket
- Pascal Kieboom – CIO of Aertssen Group
- Patrick Putman – CIO of Manuchar
- Sophie Van Nevel – Global IT Lead Strategy & Governance/Data & Analytics at Bekaert
Photos: Guillaume Decock