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Frank Foulon new general manager of Exchange vzw

Frank Foulon en Stijn van Bosstraeten

Frank Foulon en Stijn van Bosstraeten

Frank Foulon will take over as General Manager of Exchange vzw from Stijn Van Bosstraeten as of June 1st 2017.

Frank is a familiar face within the organisation. As a volunteer he has worked with Exchange in various roles. He worked with our team to define change processes and provided support for the conceptualization of our business plan. He also was active for Exchange as a volunteer consultant in Senegal. Frank also knows Africa well. At the start of his career he worked as a United Nations Volunteer and as later as a consultant for UNESCO in Algeria, Morocco and Rwanda. After that he worked for the Belgian airline Sabena on its African destinations and its logistics operations in Zaventem. His career at Proximus encompassed work as project manager and operational responsibilities within its datacentre and fibreglass activities. Before coming to Exchange, Frank was working as Change manager at Proximus responsible for training and professional coaching.

Frank has a degree in civil engineering//construction and IT; as well as in Eastern philology, a surprising combination which reflects his interest in engineering, culture and social sciences.

Frank Foulon: ‘I have been active as a volunteer at Exchange for the past several years, and it is an organisation whose mission I fully support. When the board of Exchange contacted me a few weeks ago I did not have to think twice about accepting the offer to come on board as general manager.

Ultimately there were three main reasons why I chose to join Exchange and leave my current position at Proximus. I truly believe strengthening entrepreneurship in the South is very relevant and that work as a volunteer is a noble enterprise. Joining Exchange at this moment is a great opportunity to give the organization renewed impetus as it has now reached an important crossroads. Lastly I know that I am joining a professional team which is highly motivated to forge a new path for Exchange. I want to further strengthen Exchange and increase our impact within our niche with my managerial experience, my affinity with the developing world and my interest in Private Sector Development in developing economies.”

Frank’s appointment followed the resignation of current director Stijn Van Bosstraeten. Exchange president Dirk Vyncke clarifies: “ Stijn has been through a very difficult year in his personal life and has chosen to take a sabbatical. The board has enjoyed working with Stijn and was very satisfied of his work but respects this courageous decision. Stijn still thinks very highly of Exchange and will continue to fulfil the duties of managing director until the end of May. During this period he will already work closely together with Frank to ensure a smooth transition. I warmly welcome Frank to Exchange and wish to thank Stijn for his efforts over the past years.”