Michael Anseeuw appointed chairman of Febelfin

15 December 2023 - 3 min Reading time

The Board of Directors of Febelfin has appointed Michael Anseeuw, CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis, as chairman of Febelfin.


Michael Anseeuw will succeed the current chairman of Febelfin and CEO of KBC Group, Johan Thijs as from 1 january 2024 onwards. The mandate of Dirk Wouters, CEO of Bank van Breda and current vice-chairman of Febelfin, also comes to an end. Both have served two terms as chairman and vice-chairman respectively.

The new chairman of Febelfin, supported by the CEO, will be given the opportunity to review Febelfin's governance in order to nominate a new vice-chairman.

Febelfin would like to expressly thank Johan Thijs and Dirk Wouters for their continued commitment in recent years. Karel Baert, CEO Febelfin: We are grateful that they have used their experience, knowledge and insights to advise and guide the Belgian financial sector in these challenging but fascinating times, and have fully contributed to fulfilling the social role of the financial sector.

Michael Anseeuw's mandate has a term of 3 years and will therefore run until the end of 2026.

"I would like to thank Johan Thijs and Dirk Wouters, who have fulfilled the roles of chairman and vice-chairman respectively with verve in a challenging and volatile environment in recent years. The role of the financial sector in the economic and social fabric is more crucial than ever. Together we aim for economic growth with an eye for innovation, sustainability and social inclusion, we guarantee stability and offer solutions to individuals, companies and institutions. The sector can only succeed in its aims by working together with all economic and social players. I look forward to supporting this as chairman of the sector federation.”
Michael Anseeuw, Chairman Febelfin

Febelfin looks forward to a constructive collaboration with the her new chairman to continue building together a healthy, strong and innovative financial sector that serves the needs of society and is ready to be a strong partner in the development of a more sustainable future.


Current functions at BNP PARIBAS FORTIS

  • Executive director
  • Chairman of the Executive Board - CEO


  • Since 2018: Member of the Executive Board - BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Since 2015: Member of the Executive Committee - BNP Paribas Fortis
  • 2014-2022: Head of Retail Banking - BNP Paribas Fortis
  • 2009: Head of Alternative Retail Brands - BNP Paribas Fortis
  • 2008: Head of Fortis Consumer Finance and Postal Banking
  • 2007: General Manager, Strategy and Business Development - Fortis Retail Banking
  • 2006: CFO - Fortis Consumer Finance Group
  • 2004: Advisor to the Fortis Group CFO
  • 2001: Internal consultant for Fortis integration-related projects
  • 2000: Co-founder, CEO & Commercial Officer - Smartizens.com
  • 1996: Management Consultant - Accenture

Education - Diplomas

  • Civil Engineering, option Physics - Ghent University