Daniel Kurgan has been appointed CEO of BICS SA/NV on March 2nd 2007 after being COO from July 1st 2006 onwards.
He started his career as Contracts Manager at SABCA (biggest Belgian aerospace company, subsidiary of French Group Dassault), where he negotiated and managed major industrial sales, subcontracting and purchase contracts with customers like Boeing, Airbus, Aerospatiale (EADS), Asian governments, and suppliers like GEC Marconi, Litton...
Daniel joined Belgacom’s Carrier Division at the start of the carrier's commercial operations in January 1997, where he held several positions including International Account Manager, Head of International Relations & Sales, Sales Director (domestic and international wholesale) and VP International Wholesale, in charge of Sales & Marketing, Buying & LCR, and Customer Service and Network. In 2005 Daniel was VP Commercial of BICS, and contributed to the spin-off of Belgacom’s international carrier business.
Daniel is a graduate from Solvay Business School of the University of Brussels.
Patrick Verdingh started at BICS in November 2004 as Finance Director, responsible for Accounting, Controlling, Billing, Collections, Treasury, Procurement, General Services & Business Intelligence.
He started his career at KPMG as financial auditor. After this, he became Assistant Financial Controller at Fortis, an international banking and insurance group. Patrick moved into the telecommunications world when he joined Belgacom Mobile in 1993, where he held several positions including Business Planning Manager and Financial Controller. In 2002 Patrick became Finance Director of the Consumer & Business Division of Belgacom Fixed Line Business Unit.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and has an MBA degree from the Post University Center of the University of Leuven. Prior to his academical education, Patrick has worked for 5 years at the Institute of Textile & Confection of Belgium as a financial assistant, responsible for the administration and analysis of investment files.
Johan Wouters is currently heading the Operations and Customers Services Department of BICS. In this function he ensures services are delivered to customers with the highest quality and availability standards.
He has over 20 years of experience in telecom, holding functions at Belgacom in the areas of operations, engineering, corporate investment planning, metropolitan area and mobile networks. Johan joined Belgacom’s carrier division at its foundation in 1996, working with a mixed team of the Singapore Telecom, Ameritech and TDC shareholders. Here he held positions as Product Line Manager and Director Operations. He was a key contributor to the spin-off of the company and to the subsequent successful merger with Swisscom Carrier Services.
Johan worked for 3 years as a research assistant in micro electronics for medical applications at the University of Leuven, Belgium, after having graduated as a Civil Engineer in Electronics.
Nicholas Nikrouyan started his career at BICS in July 2000 as the Director of Global Traffic Management & Buying, and currently holds the position of Chief Commercial Officer, in charge of worldwide commercial activities that include, Sales, Buying, Traffic Management and Pricing.
His career in Europe started with Deloitte & Touche Consulting as Senior Tax and Financial Consultant. Nicholas moved into the telecommunications world when he joined Global One Communications in 1997 as the head of cost control, and later as the International Carrier Relations & Sales Operations manager in their Global HQ office in Brussels, Belgium.
Prior to moving to Belgium, Nicholas spent seven years with Alamo Rent a Car in the US where he held several positions including Operations Manager and Sales Director. He has also worked as an independent consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from California University in San Francisco and has an MBA degree from Solvay Business School in Brussels, Belgium. He is an Iranian born, American citizen who has been living and working in Europe since 1994.
Vincent joined the Belgacom Group in 1995, where he held several positions including Product Manager, Head of International Product Management and Senior Business Development Manager.
In the latter position, Vincent contributed to the spin-off BICS and to the creation of the joint venture agreement with Swisscom.
Vincent also worked on strategic partnerships with the MTN Group and Omantel. He is currently in charge of defining the strategy of the company and of implementing the consolidation policy through new merger and acquisition projects and through strategic outsourcing partnerships.
Vincent has a Master in Economic Sciences of the University of Namur.
Mikaël Schachne joined the international division of Belgacom in 2001 which was then spun-off and merged with Swisscom International and MTN International. After having successfully led the product development and management of new international mobile data services such as Signalling, GPRS Roaming eXchange (GRX), SMS Hubbing, MMS Hubbing, Instant Roaming and Open Connectivity Roaming Hubbing, he’s now in charge of the Mobile Data Business at BICS. The portfolio which has been built across the last 10 years is now supporting international mobile communications needs for more than 400 Mobile Operators and MVNOs across the world.
Mikaël Schachne previously worked for Winstar Europe and Mobistar where he gains extensive expertise in the implementation of telecommunications networks in the fields of GSM, GPRS, Wireless Local Loop, IP and SS7.
He’s graduated from the Brussels University Applied Science Faculty (Belgium) as a Civil Electrical Engineer specialised in Electronic and Telecommunications and holds a master in Business-to-Business Marketing from the Vlerick Management School in Leuven (Belgium).
Jorn Vercamert has over 15 years of experience in the International Wholesale Telecommunications, he joined the International Division of Belgacom in 1998 which was then spun-off and merged with Swisscom International and MTN International into BICS.
He started his career at BICS as Voice Buying Manager end held various voice development positions after that. In 2004 he was appointed as Regional VP in charge of the business development in Southern Europe, Africa and Middle East. After successfully grown BICS footprint in that region, he relocated to Switzerland in 2007 where he was appointed as Managing Director for BICS Switzerland AG, overlooking activities in Central and Eastern Europe. He moved back to BICS Headquarters in 2011 at which time he took his current role as VP Voice Business in charge of operating and growing BICS voice product portfolio.
He holds a Master Degree in Applied Economics specialized in International Business Management from the Leuven University and a Master Degree in Science of Marketing from the Vlerick Management School in Leuven.
Kathelijne Winderickx has been appointed Vice President Human Resources and Legal Affairs on May 2, 2013.
She started her career in telecoms after a 4 year stay at the Brussels Bar specializing in commercial law. Kathelijne joined the Belgacom Group in 1996 where she held several positions as in-house lawyer covering various areas such as distribution, market practices, anti-trust and M&A, to be appointed in 2005 as Director of Strategy and Business Development at Belgacom ICS while heading Legal Affairs, thus partaking to the Belgacom ICS spin-off and subsequent consolidation exercise. In 2007, she headed legal affairs of Belgacom’s Consumer Business Unit.
Kathelijne graduated Master in Law at the University of Genth (UG) and Master in European Law at the University of Brussels (ULB).