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About Wim Smets

28 years of experience as a program manager and transformation executive, make me uniquely placed to lead your company through complex changes. My track record is built on a strong focus on change management, governance and business strategy. Below, you will find a summary of my experience, education and skills.

Professional experience

K2 Transformations, owner

2017 - Now

I founded K2 Transformations to help organisations plan and execute their transformations. I have completed assignments at Euroclear (Paris), BNP Paribas Fortis and Acerta.

Smets Adventures, motivational speaker

2008 - Now

I combine my experience in change management and high-altitude mountaineering to inspire employees, managers and entrepreneurs. I have written a book ("The only way is up") about how you can make yourself en your organisation agile and resilient. And I write columns on leadership and transformation for MT magazine

EDS/HP, Transformation executive

1995 - 2016

I led global transformation programs for multinationals and government institutions such as GM, Shell, Alcatel Lucent and the government of Catalunya. These programs covered applications and infrastructure modernization and support reorganization. Every transformation had a significant people impact, requiring a solid change management approach. On top of that, I focused on the transformation strategy and integration between IT, the business and external suppliers. I resolved commercial issues, maintained senior client relationships and coached other program managers.

I worked on multiple large pursuits, developing transformation strategies for multinationals and government institutions. I wrote proposals, made sales presentations and negotiated contracts. The value of sold contracts exceeded 2 billion $.

For more details on my professional career, check my linkedin profile.


Director Effectiveness ('19), Guberna

Digital leadership ('18), Vlerick business School

Digital Strategy (’16), Vlerick business School

Strategy implementation (´16), Vlerick business School

ADKAR Change management (’16), PROSCI

Strategy Essentials (’15), Vlerick Business School

Personal coach (’11), Open Coaching

Project Management Professional  (’01), PMI

MBA (’90-’91), Vlerick business school

Applied economics (’86-’90), Antwerp university

Project/program management

Change management

IT contract sales & negotiations

Transformation management



Dealing with high complexity

Agile way of working

Business strategy

Roadmap development


Dutch: native language

English: Fluent

French: Good

German: Good


Cho Oyu (8201 meter)

Everest (8850 meter)

K2 (reached 7600 meter)

Broad Peak (8051 meter)

Manaslu (8163 meter)

Lhotse (8516 meter)

7 Summits

For more information on my mountaineering, see

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