Board of directors

Benoît Pirotte, CEO

Benoît Pirotte, CEO

Benoît Pirotte is Chief Executive Officer of the Contraste Europe Group.

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Liège, with a specialization in electronics.

Benoît was Large Account Manager with Olivetti, from 1984 to 1994.

He became the Sales & Marketing Director of CTS, a division of Olivetti specializing in network services, in 1994.

In 1998, among other positions, Benoît was General Manager of Intrasoft International for Belgium. Here he was in charge of business operations and information technology and services.

Benoît Pirotte became the Chief Executive Officer of the Contraste Europe Group, in 1999.

Under his leadership, the company has been growing continuously, organically and through acquisitions, and revenues have grown 50-fold.

Benoît is Chairman of the Board of Audaxis, Contrast Consulting, and Proxiel (France). He is also Vice President of Agoria Digital Industries since 2016.

Bernard Marchant, Director

Bernard Marchant, Director

Bernard Marchant is Chief Executive Officer of Rossel & Cie.

He graduated in applied economic sciences at the UCL.

From 1984 till 1985 Bernard Marchant was fiscal advisor at Arthur Andersen.

In 1986 he joined the Olivetti Group where he held a number of senior positions, including General Manager Olivetti Services for Belgium and Luxembourg, Vice-President for Europe and Managing Director of Olivetti France till 1997.

He then became Corporate Vice-President of the Belgian Group Bekaert till 2000, also acting as Member of the Board and General Manager of Bekaert Merchant Products.

From 2000 till 2001 Bernard Marchant was Executive Chairman of 9 Telecom

Bernard Marchant became CEO of Rossel & Cie, a major Belgian press publisher, in 2000.



Bart Van Den Meersche is Proximus Chief Enterprise Market Officer.

Bart holds a master in Mathematics from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Bart Van Den Meersche joined Proximus in January 2011 after 28 years of experience in the ICT sector through a professional career with IBM, of which 16 years in different Executive Management positions, including 8 years as Country General Manager of IBM Belgium/Luxembourg.

In his last year at IBM, he was Vice President Industries & Business Development IBM South-West Europe and a member of the IBM South-West Europe Executive Management Team.

Bart Van Den Meersche was during 6 years President of Agoria ICT and was also a member of the Board of Agoria, VOKA and VBO/FEB.

He is currently member of the boards of Proximus/Telindus Luxembourg, Proximus SpearIT, BeMobile and Belgian Mobile ID (Itsme).

Jean-Pierre Cardinael, Chairman of the board

Jean-Pierre Cardinael, Chairman of the board

Jean-Pierre Cardinael is Civil Engineer in Electronics and in Applied Mathematics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL).

After 5 years in the Research Laboratories of MBLE in Brussels within the language group, Jean-Pierre Cardinael joined CGER/ASLK as a Computer Scientist in 1973.

Until the end of 2005, he was Managing Director of Fortis Bank in charge of Information Services, Facility Management, Procurement and Security.

He was also Director of Fortis Insurances NV, and member of the board of Fortis Bank NL.

Jean-Pierre is furthermore Emeritus Professor at the University of Namur, where he lectured Management of Computer Resources in the last year of the Information Science curriculum.

Jean-Paul ADANS, Executive Director

Jean-Paul ADANS, Executive Director

Jean-Paul Adans is CIO of Contraste Europe.

Jean-Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Namur.

He joined Olivetti Belgium in 1985, where he became Marketing Director and later Director of the Professional Services Business Unit.

Jean-Paul Adans became Global CIO for Getronics in 2003, and in 2006 Executive Vice President Business Solutions.

He has been General Manager of M-team, the IT Service organisation of the Independent Mutualities, from 2008 to 2013.

He joined Contraste Europe in 2014, where he co-leads the Operations and heads IT, Group Change Initiatives, Marketing and Recruitment.