In October, it will be five years since he started working at the transport company De Lijn, where he wears two hats: CFO and CIO. Werner Jacobs (44) can boast of a long history in mainly financial roles. “But I’ve always had an affinity with IT, for example when I was in charge of the financial aspects of the networks division at Belgacom”, explains Jacobs, who is also a member of the MIT Club.
After Belgacom, in 2006 he joined bPost as director corporate control & costing, before switching to De Lijn. “I’m trying to put IT firmly on the agenda. Without IT, our business comes to a halt,” he adds. In his role as CIO, he is trying to get across a positive vision of IT as a business support or even as a driver. “How can IT make a difference in the field?” he continually asks. With the help of marketing, providing information to travellers, for example. But the IT department is already thinking ahead to the driverless bus. Jacobs also clearly focuses on the timely completion of projects within budget. “Perhaps this is due to my financial experience,” laughs this manager of 120 IT specialists. Integrity, transparency and openness: these are the values that underpin his work. The main projects underway are Retibo with the introduction of the Mobib card (before the end of the year) and use of SAP as new ERP. In his spare time, this father of three plays badminton and tennis. He is also an excellent skier.