Since October 1st 2015, Wouter De Ploey is CEO of ZNA (ZiekenhuisNetwerk Antwerpen), the leading hospital network in Antwerp, Belgium, with 9 sites, 6000 employees, 600 doctors and 5000 patients a day. Until January 2016 he was also interim CFO and CIO. Recently he initiated cooperation negotiations between ZNA and GZA, the other main hospital network in Antwerp.
Before becoming CEO of ZNA, Wouter De Ploey was senior partner in the Business Technology Office of McKinsey & Company, the group of consultants within McKinsey that focuses on ICT issues. Since he joined the Firm in 1992, Wouter De Ploey specialized in the financial sector. He worked for banks, insurance companies, custodians/ICSDs, card schemes, processors, etc., working on strategy, organizational- and operational issues.
Within McKinsey, Wouter De Ploey was a Global Learning Leader for Business Technology, and as such he was responsible for all technology/ICT related training events within the Firm. He was also a member of the junior partner evaluation committee.
Wouter De Ploey obtained a Master in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) and in Philisophy at the KU Leuven and a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Before McKinsey, Wouter De Ploey did internships at the World Bank, GATT (now WTO), Generale Bank and Paribas Bank. He is a fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and was a fellow at the FWO. He regularly gives guest lectures at the KULeuven, Vlerick School and the ULB.
Wouter De Ploey is a member of the Board of Directors of the international banking group BNP Paribas. He is also a Board Member of VanBreda Risk & Benefits, Belgium’s largest independent insurance broker and risk consultant. He was elected to the Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce, VOKA Antwerpen-Waasland. Wouter De Ploey has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp for many years.
Wouter De Ploey is married to Karine and they have three daughters. His hobbies include collecting art photography and contributing to regional development. He was the driving force behind ‘Routeplan 2020’, a development plan for Antwerp, and he was an expert in the SALK committee for the reconversion of Limburg.