Years at current company: 6
Industry: Banking & insurance
Rate of growth: 150% since 2006
In a sector in difficulty, the performance of KBC has been remarkable. Since becoming the top executive at the banking group in 2012, Johan Thijs has multiplied its net results by three, from 740 million to 3 billion dollars. And Thijs doesn’t plan on stopping there. He has his sights set on expansion in order to create ‘the KBC of tomorrow’ as a way of increasing revenue and attracting new investors. Since his arrival KBC’s share price has gone up 340%.
Notable success: The Belgian businessman was one of the first in the industry to take a gamble on diversifying his company’s business activities, a strategy now commonplace in the sector.