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Bart De Smet


1957 - Belgian - Non-executive

Bart De Smet was born in 1957 and is a Belgian national. He earned a degree in mathematical sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (KULeuven), but also has diplomas in Actuarial Sciences (KULeuven) and Managerial Sciences (KULeuven).

Bart began his career with Argenta in 1982. From 1985 to 1993, he served as Executive Vice President of the Life division at the Belgian subsidiary of the Swiss insurance company Nationale Suisse.
In 1994, he joined ING Insurance Belgium, where he was a member of the ExCo, responsible for individual and group life insurance, health insurance & banking activities. Bart De Smet moved to Fortis in 1998, where he was a member of the management committee of Fortis AG and responsible for Fortis Employee Benefits.

In 2005, he took charge of the Broker Channel at Fortis Insurance Belgium, assuming the position of CEO of Fortis Insurance Belgium in 2007.

In June 2009 he became CEO of Fortis, which was renamed Ageas. In October 2020, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ageas.

Next to his mandates in the financial sector, Bart is also active in other sectors and in non-profit organisations. He is also a founding partner of Tweeperenboom, a non-profit organization with the aim to support people, organizations and networks that are pursuing fundamental change.

Mandates and positions held


  • Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • Chairman of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee

  • 2020 - 2024

Other mandates within Ageas 

  • Member of the Board of Ageas UK Ltd

Address: Ageas House, Hampshire Corporate Park, Templars Way, Eastleigh S053 3YA

Sector: Insurance Holding

Positions held with other listed companies

  • None

Other positions held

  • Member Board/Nomination & Governance Committee of Euroclear sa/nv & Holding

Address: Boulevard du Roi Albert II / 1210 Brussels

Sector: Banking

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors/Chairman of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee of ECS European Container Services

Address: Baron de Maerelaan 155/8380 Zeebrugge

Sector: Transport

  • Member Board/Chair Audit Committee of De Eik

Address: Eikelenbergstraat 20, B-1700 Dilbeek

Sector: Family office/Investment Company

  • Chairman of the Commission Corporate Governance

Address: Stuivenstraat 8, 1000 Brussels

Sector: Governance

  • Chairman of the Board of A&M Invest

Address: Herkenrodesingel 10, 3500 Hasselt

Sector: Automobile

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heilig Hart Ziekenhuis Leuven

Address: Naamse Straat 105 - 3000 LEUVEN - BELGIUM

Sector: Health

  • Member of the Board of Trabea

Address: Maleizenstraat 65 – 3020 Herent

Sector: Management Company

  • Member of the Board of Volley Haasrode Leuven

Address: Milsestraat 43, 3053 Haasrode

Sector: Sport

  • Chairman of the Board of Proleague

Address: Av. Houba de Strooperlaan 145, 1020 La(e)ken

Sector: Sport

  • Member of the Board of KU Leuven

Address: Naamsestraat 22 bus 5000 – 3000 Leuven

Sector: Education, Hospital, Research & Development

  • Member of the Board of Weerts Groep

Address: Varnstraat 2 – 3793 Voeren

Sector: Logistics