Who is Bart De Bondt?
Bart De Bondt is the former CEO of the Belgian insurance company ING. After his departure from ING, he was asked by a Dutch publisher to write a book about his experience as managing director: ‘De ladder van leiderschap’ (The ladder of leadership). It soon became a bestseller and was nominated for ‘Best Management Book of 2010’. The topics addressed in this book are timelessly universal, making it a must-read in management literature. Later, he went on to write ‘Ik hou van mij’ (nominated for ‘Best Coach Book 2012’), ‘Happy@Work’ (another best-seller, with over 40,000 copies sold) and ‘Change@Work’. This last work was also translated into English and is also available abroad.
Since the publication of his first book, Bart De Bondt has frequently been invited to act as an Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker. In addition, Bart is CEO of YouthStart Belgium, a non-profit organisation aimed at activating vulnerable low-skilled, unemployed young people in a positive manner via a short-term programme based on the principles of entrepreneurship.
I invited Bart as key speaker during our '1001 smiles' BU PEP Benelux event. The goal was to make our employees reflect on their happiness at work and to strengthen our engagement journey to become a stronger team. Bart delivered an outstanding speech leading to great interactions but, more important still, to a passionate dialogue between employees and the leadership team on what can be improved going forward. We will certainly be building on this momentum to make our employees even happier than they are already today!
General Manager Pepsico North West Europe
Bart has spoken at several of our events in the Netherlands and has always received great reviews. He is an inspiring speaker who leaves the audience wanting to hear more. I would recommend doing business with Bart to anyone.
Director of Operations at IFFC
The combination of Bart's professional experience at the senior management level of a large institution, with his training in the fields of leadership, organizational behavior and psychology/personal mastery, is quite unique. He is very committed and professional. He acts as an effective sounding board and source of inspiration, whilst being to-the-point and pragmatic. Finally, he likes to challenge common beliefs and habits in a way that is both confrontational and energizing.
CEO at KBC Securities