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Wim Wuyts

CEO of WTS Global

I joined WTS Global as CEO in 2017. I am located in the Ghent office in Belgium. My role within the organization is both, strategic and operational. I work very closely with the Board of Directors and jointly with my WTS Global Executive Team, I ensure that the organization is moving towards a true global partnership and continues its dynamic growth.

Before joining WTS Global, I worked for 9 years as Vice-President, Global Head of Tax for Bekaert. Bekaert is a multinational stock-listed steel wire company headquartered in Belgium. In my last year at Bekaert, I headed the Transformation Office.

Earlier in my career, I worked for Arthur Andersen, Levi Strauss & Co, Baxter Inc. and Agfa-Gevaert. Altogether, I have accumulated more than 20 years of experience, leading tax organizations and heading major corporate reorganization programs as well as M&A transactions around the globe. I have also worked for the Belgian Government. In 2017, I finished my second and last mandate as Chairman of the Tax Committee of the Belgian Employers Federation.

I studied in Brussels (EHSAL & ICHEC) and Paris (Sorbonne & INSEAD) and I have a strong inclination to teach and share my knowledge with others. In cooperation with the European Centre of Executive Development (CEDEP) where I am also Program Director, I developed a General Management and Tax Leadership Program which I am currently running annually on the Fontainebleau Campus. I feel very inspired to be surrounded by tomorrow’s tax leaders from all over the world. I am a co-founder of the European Chapter of the Tax Executive Institute (TEI) and I also created the Belgian informal Tax Think Tank in 2004.

For me, joining forces with WTS Global is the logical next step in my career as I am driven by creating new formations within the international tax landscape. As an independent global tax network which deliberately refrains from conducting audits, WTS Global is well positioned to be a global trusted advisor for multinational companies.

On a personal level, the financial crisis in 2008 deeply shattered my perception of the tax profession to the core as all principles of transparency and integrity were severely undermined. I went on a journey to Santiago de Compostela where I processed what had happened in the financial world and what it meant for me. The results of these diary entries led to the book, “On a Journey”.

Areas of expertise
  • International Taxation
  • Global Tax Strategy Design
  • M&A
  • Tax Governance
  • Organizational Development
  • Founder & Chair of the International School for Tax Leadership (Fontainebleau and Silicon Valley)
  • Master in Commercial and Financial Sciences at EHSAL (Belgium)
  • Master in European Economics at University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
  • Master in International Taxation at ICHEC (Belgium)
  • Several Executive Education Programs at INSEAD (France) and CEDEP (France)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
Professional Experience
  • Belgian Government
  • Arthur Andersen & Co.
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Baxter
  • Agfa-Gevaert
  • Bekaert
Wim Wuyts
Wim WuytsCEO of WTS Global

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