Olivier Houpert, Caroline Thomaes, Patrizio Ricci


Caroline Thomaes
“This award is a true recognition of the work we are doing at P&G Belgium. It is not perfect yet and I will continue trying to be a role model every day as the small behaviors are what makes our culture! Gender Equality requires constant attention as unconscious biases are in our DNA. As a company we are committed to spark conversations and help change mentalities with our brands and advertisement as a force for good, also in Belgium.”

Patrizio Ricci
“I am extremely proud to be part of P&G and receive this award recognizing our effort and progress on the journey to gender equality. Gender Equality is important to me and important within our global P&G Engineering organization to generate both superior results and a better workplace. I am also very humbled to see the great work that others are doing in this area. This makes me confident that we can all #See Equal and make it possible to be in a world that truly treats gender equally – not just at work, but outside of it as well!”

Olivier Houpert
“I firmly believe that gender equality is essential to achieve superior business results. This award makes me proud as it recognizes the progress that P&G Belgium is making in this area. I remain committed to take P&G to the top by continuing to make sure we have the right culture and people to make us win”

Previous winners

Winner 2018

Pascale Van Damme

VP & Managing Director Dell EMC Belux

We have been talking about gender equality for some years now, it is no longer a new topic. Let’s be cautious of “gender fatigue” – we have made progress but it is far too slow: the World "Economic Forum now estimates that gender parity may be over 170 years away, whereas In 2014 it was 80 years... I believe in diversity in gender, culture, and age in my own organisation, but just as much in our education, government institutions, and society as a whole. Action starts with leading by example and by creating an environment where all employees can be authentic and feel at home."

Winner 2017

Sabine Sagaert

President, Global Managing Director Malt

"I have felt that winning the award was a great recognition for the efforts done in driving diversity in the workplace. At the same time, it inspires others to believe we can really make a difference

Winner 2016

Erwin Ollivier

General Manager Athlon Belgium

“Inspiring others by demonstrating a company culture where women AND men feel they do not have to choose between the job and their family to be successful.” Read about the experience and the best practices of Erwin Ollivier It takes two to tango… Koud gepakt– Warm aanbevolen

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Michèle Paque

Managing Director Quintiles Benelux

“The award has been the motor of numerous interactions with leaders and stakeholders from different horizons, sectors and industries. It was great to realize that we are indeed focusing very much on gender equality and yet, at the same time, to become aware that the journey is far from finished… which is precisely the reason why we have to continue this road together. I have also been particularly delighted to receive supportive feedback, internally from the Quintiles

Winner 2013

Janneke van der Kamp

Country President Novartis Belgium & Luxembourg

“Winning this award was not only a recognition of my personal engagement towards improving diversity & inclusion but also of the Novartis inclusive business culture enabling our associates to be themselves, give their best and grow professionally, while allowing them to care for their families and find a sustainable work-life balance. This ambassadorship has also provided a unique opportunity for me to raise awareness and

Winner 2012

Tom Declercq

Managing Partner Talent Deloitte Belgium

“The CEO Gender Equality Ambassador Award provided me with an even bigger platform to open up the discussion about gender diversity in the wider business world. I not only shared my own experiences at Deloitte, but also gained more insight into how other business leaders work on gender challenges at their companies.”

Winner 2011

Christel Verschaeren

Vice President IBM Europe CIO

“Winning the CEO Gender Equality Ambassador Award gave me the unique opportunity to speak about our diversity policies and practices that support the skills and career development of women in IBM during many occasions at events and within companies that are just starting their own diversity and inclusion journey. It has given IBM public recognition for our long culture of diversity and inclusion, yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

Winner 2010

Albert Ragon

Managing Director Danone Belgium

“This Award has allowed me already many times to speech about questions regarding personnel and diversity issues in particular. I was also invited by different boards of companies and institutions to talk about Gender Balance Equality of Chances and had some very interesting discussions about it.”

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