Announcement • 13 Jan 2022

Pieter-Jan Deraedt new Chief Executive Officer of Amista

Antwerp, January 2022 - Amista is thrilled to announce the appointment of Pieter-Jan Deraedt as the new Chief Executive Officer of Amista with effect from January 1st, 2022. Deraedt comes from the position of CTO and Partner at Amista.

Amista, one of Belgium’s leading SAP implementation partners, today announced that its board of directors appointed Pieter-Jan Deraedt as the new Chief Executive Officer. He takes over from Amista’s co-founder Geert Vanvaerenbergh, also known as the founding father of the Belgian Bullets (Belgium’s Olympic bobsleigh team). Vanvaerenbergh has been at the head of the company since its foundation in 2014 and has an extensive career in application implementations at Oracle, SAP, KPMG, Atos and own start-ups in the digital arena: Optimum & Cernum. 

Pieter-Jan Deraedt has been active in the SAP industry since 2009. He started as a consultant before moving into a management and commercial role. During his period as managing partner at Amista, he was leading the Technology & Innovation division which he grew to 35 consultants & developers.  

Pieter-Jan Deraedt en Geert Vanvaerenbergh_CEOGeert Vanvaerenbergh will operate as chairman of the Boutique Group and Chief Growth Officer, extending the group with new promising initiatives, empowering young high potentials to grow their own ventures under the Boutique umbrella. He will also continue to fulfill his positions as CEO for Boomers and Combo, both subsidiaries of the Boutique Group: “We are at a critical moment in our growth. We reached the magic number of 100 employees, it is time to give them extra career chances and therefore I am the first to give a shot and move on to new challenges myself, allowing high potentials to grow together with the group and me. Pieter-Jan is the right man on the right spot and the right moment to take over and free up management space for our young potentials.”

Deraedt said: “I am honored and excited to have been chosen as Amista’s next CEO. It is a privilege to lead an organization with so many talented and inspiring people. I look forward to continuing and expanding the excellent collaboration with our customers and partners."

Vanvaerenbergh complements: “I will stay in a pole position for Amista when it comes to commercial strategy and assistance in pre-sales. Amista’s commercial strength starts with my 30 years of SAP experience since I kicked of as an ABAP developer in 1992.” 

"The partners at Amista join me in thanking Geert Vanvaerenbergh for his dedication and hard work in building our successful company over the past 8 years to bring it where it is today while preparing me for the upcoming growth phase. We will continue our close collaboration within the Boutique Group.”, concludes Pieter-Jan Deraedt. 

We all wish Pieter-Jan the greatest success in his new role. Yeah!