Bert has twenty-five years experience in Human Resources of which half is in the ICT industry.
He has acquired experience in supporting fast growth scenarios, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring in an international environment. His expertise includes change management, management assessment, skills management, training and education, executive recruitment, selection and assessment centers, compensation and benefits, as well as other HR areas. He has been in executive search since 2005.
In his early career he was in staff positions in employers organizations like Agoria and VKW. He worked for 6 years as an HR executive for the international development and production center of Philips Lighting and in a joint venture with Matsushita (Philips Matsushita Battery Corporation) and later joined IBM Belgium/Luxembourg as HR Director. He was a member of the Management Team and helped IBM to transition from a country based to a business unit focused organization and from a product company to an IT solution and services provider.
Mr. Vermeiren also worked for Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products as Global VP Human Resources based in their headquarters in Belgium and Boston. L&H was a leader in speech recognition and speech synthesis software. He contributed to the survival of the business when the company entered into Chapter 11 and was finally taken over by Nuance Communications.
Thereafter Mr. Vermeiren joined Real Software, a Belgian international software and services provider as Group HR Director and a member of the management team.
He became Partner in Hightech Partners in 2005 and Managing Partner in 2010.
Mr. Vermeiren has a Master’s Degree in Economics (University of Antwerp) and in Communication (University of Louvain).
He is fluent in Dutch, English and French and resides in Antwerp, Belgium.