Managing Partner, Belgium
Baudouin Velge is managing partner of the Belgian practice for Interel. He has developed an expertise in Belgian PR & PA, including M&A. He also specializes in crisis communications. As an example of the latter, he worked with the liquidators of the Belgian branch of Kaupthing Bank to find a solution with the Belgian and Luxembourg authorities to return the customers’ money after the bank went bankrupt in 2008 during the financial collapse; this successful experience prompted him to write The Kaupthing Case, a book published in September 2009.
Baudouin began his career at the National Bank of Belgium, the financial department of Philips, and as head of a subsidiary of credit insurer Cobac (now Euler Hermes Belgium). He also served as chief economist for the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) and as CEO of Comeos, the retailers’ federation of Belgium.
In 2009 former French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded Baudouin the Legion d’honneur, the highest French award for military and civil merit. He is currently chairman of the board for MeDirect Bank, and in the past sat on the boards of Bekaert and Cofinimmo—both BEL 20 companies– and of credit insurer Ducroire, which is now called Credendo.
Beyond his client work at Interel, Baudouin is a professor of strategic communication at Université Catholique de Louvain.
Born in Belgium, Baudouin, who speaks fluent French, English, and Dutch and has a working knowledge of German, lives in Brussels today. He has four children and nine grandchildren.