Board & investors
Michel Akkermans was co-founder of Clear2Pay, an innovative financial technology company focused on delivering global payment solutions and will become its chairman and CEO. Clear2Pay was acquired in 2014 by FIS, the world's number one financial technology company. Michel will continue with FIS as executive advisor after the acquisition.
In 2001, Michel also became investor and executive chairman in Data4S, a data analysis and data mining company focused on anti-money laundering applications for financial institutions. Norkom acquired the company in 2004.
Clear2Pay, FICS and Data4S generated superior returns for its investors and management teams.
A proven pioneer in new financial technology dynamics, Michel is a frequent keynote speaker at industry-led events and actively participates in the development of new ideas, initiatives and businesses. He is multilingual and active worldwide.
The combination of CEO, Marketing Director and Strategy and M&A Director makes Jean Gabriel a business leader and expert on operational challenges such as managing a successful transition, change management and new strategic design & implementation.
He acts as a transition manager and advisor, helping with strategic repositioning, mergers, turnaround, pre and post M&A business integration, and the launch of new products. He held positions such as director for Strategy, Marketing and Business Development at Telenet. He was legal director at Belgacom and responsible for M&A at Société Générale de Belgique.
Tim Lievens is senior investment manager at PMV, where he is responsible for the financing of Flemish companies, both directly (business loans) and indirectly (guarantee schemes). Before joining PMV, Tim worked at ING Corporate Finance and ING Corporate Banking.
Mitch De Geest
As an inventive and creative manager with a broad view of the world, Mitch has proven over the past year to be a successful serial business starter. He has a golden track record in managing businesses and is a true entrepreneur across channels and regions. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills combined with a proven ability to lead and deliver fast, sustainable results.
Freek's interest in technology is reflected in his studies as an engineer. After a short career in the insurance industry, Freek has invested in and helped start up a number of technology companies. He also remained actively involved in the management of these companies. He also leads a variety of technical disciplines across the various companies. He specializes in project management and system integration of mechanical, electrical and software control projects.