Bart Lauwers has more than 14 years of experience as CIO and CTO of global public companies ranging from $900M to $10B in revenue.
Known as a P&L savvy technologist, Lauwers has significant proficiency in technology-fueled turnarounds and high-growth enterprises. He is a strategic IT leader with a 25-year record of excellence in solving business problems and accelerating growth, fast-tracking organizational maturation of IT, positioning companies for strong futures, and leading struggling companies in turnarounds. Lauwers has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor to corporate boards, CEOs, and executive teams.
Lauwers advises CEOs, CIOs, and corporate boards on best practices for delivering sustainable cost reduction, productivity improvements, and increased effectiveness through innovation. For the past year, Lauwers was Consulting Vice President at CareFusion, a $7 billion medical device manufacturer with 16,000 employees across 40 sites. He led an international organization of 400 staff and was responsible for global infrastructure, enterprise architecture, SAP, and establishing the information security practice.
From 2008 to 2012, Lauwers was principal of Genthree, an IT strategy consulting practice based in Austin, TX and Brussels, Belgium. There, he advised client executives in the high-tech, government, healthcare, financial, aviation, and digital marketing sectors on IT modernization, information security, technology scaling issues, big data, machine learning, cloud computing, and startup incubation.
Prior, Lauwers was Chief Technology Officer of Netmining (2007–2008), the Belgium-based industry leader in behavioral targeting. He directed global operations and developed patented algorithms for segmenting and qualifying leads. Through administration of R&D and IT, he improved margins by 85%, reversing a 5-year trend of loss and launching a major turnaround that led to acquisition. He outsourced non-core IT and increased product effectiveness by 2,600%, improving TCO and customer attachment. By establishing operations in the US, China, and Eastern Europe, he increased revenue by 1,700%.
Preceding Lauwers’ CTO role at Netmining, he was Division CIO with Cisco Systems’ Customer Advocacy BU (1996–2007), leading IT in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. This $10B business unit served Cisco’s global top 1,000 customers. Lauwers established trusted advisor relationships with executives and cut IT cost by 45% while growing service to 12 sites and 7,500 clients. While at Cisco, he led cross-functional teams of up to 460 members and directed R&D efforts, driving continuous improvement of delivered services. Lauwers also co-founded Cisco’s Information Security practice.
Mr. Lauwers is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Masters of Science in Advanced Information Technology and Business Management from the University of Wales. He has also received significant CIO-level executive coaching.