Stefaan Butaye

Stefaan Butaye

  • Industry

    • Logistics & transportation
    • ICT
    • Public sector
  • Functional expertise domain

    • IT & data
    • General management
    • Operational management

Business Mentor profile

  • 20 years of experience in Logistics & Transportation, ICT, and Public Sector
  • Track record of successful change and project management
  • Strong experience in managing and coaching small and large teams
  • Bridge builder between business and IT

Rudi introduces himself:

I live in Herent, close to Leuven. I grew up in Bruges, Venice of the north in West Flanders.
I'm the father of two wonderful boys, almost 15 and 18 years old. I studied psychology, organization psychology at the University of Ghent a long time ago.
And after a year of military service, I still headed on MBA marketing at the Vlerick school in Ghent.

For leisure time to chill, I like sports, running, biking and music, playing guitar. So, I'm doing my best.

Professionally speaking, I've three large chapters so far:

  1. A long stretch at FedEx, primarily in marketing and IT
  2. Afterward, I took on a general management role for a Belgian SME active providing parking-related services to Belgian cities and communes
  3. Lastly, in the last year and a half, I've been the head of the network planning department for De Lijn, a Belgian stop public transportation company, and helping the company get ready for the future.

Overall, I've got about 20 years of management and leadership experience.

So, really happy with the opportunity to help others through Ambits to find the answers and solutions to move forward. At Ambits, everybody is a great sounding board; you can't go wrong. Great listeners, facilitators...

The things that might connect with me particularly are:

  1. I'm a generalist, not a specialist. So, having worked through many different functions, in all those different types of companies, multinational, SME, government-related... But having worked through IT, marketing, sales operations, I can connect to a lot of different types of problems and situations and see how to build bridges between those functions.
  2. Secondly, down to earth, pragmatic kind of approach. So, not overcomplicate, definitely not initially, but look for low-hanging fruit, easy wins, make some quick steps forward and see how we can build on that.
  3. And then thirdly, there are the methodology principles. Look for sources of inspiration that might help address more of the structural or underlying challenges. It could be personal productivity, project management, change management related, some leadership approaches that might provide a new angle.

But across those three things: generalist, pragmatic, methodology.

Those are the things I would say that define my approach. So, enough about me, I'm really looking forward to hearing from anybody out there looking for help and how we could learn from each other and have a great journey together.

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