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Five graduate students will spend a day with prominent Belgian CEOs

For the sixth year in a row, Odgers Berndtson is organising the original event that offers top students the unique opportunity to spend a day at the side of a well-known Belgian CEO.


By leveraging the talents of Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts, five Solvay Brussels School graduate students have been selected through the CEOx1Day (CEO for a day) programme to spend a day on the job shadowing these five prominent CEOs in February/March.

The participating students will have the opportunity to learn about the level of responsibility and the complexities faced by today’s leading executives, while also getting a feel of how these leaders create value in their organisations. This initiative also gives students an opportunity to link in-class learning with real-world situations, and equips them with extra tools and skills to start building their careers.

Spending a day with a CEO is a unique opportunity, learning more about myself through the Hogan Assessment and the interviews, and the positive feedback from last year’s students were the main reasons why I applied for the programme.

said participating student Amaury Casselman, who will be shadowing SNCB/NMBS CEO, Ms Sophie Dutordoir

For the CEOs, this is also an excellent opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders, understand what drives them and capitalize on the energy, insights and fresh ideas of the bright Belgian youth.

While CEOx1Day is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to be inspired by some of Belgium’s seasoned business minds, the programme is also a way of connecting today’s top leaders with the next wave of change.

said Luc Wouters, Managing Partner at Odgers Berndtson Belgium

Odgers Berndtson’s CEOx1Day is organised in several countries. Find out more about CEOx1Day in Belgium on

About the CEOx1Day programme

In exclusive collaboration with Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, the CEOx1Day event is designed to uncover some of Belgium’s most promising future leaders and give them an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive. At the same time, the participating CEOs can better understand what drives this future generation of leaders.

CEOs of other well-known companies in Belgium have already participated in the past five editions: Bank Degroof Petercam, Solvay, Telenet, EVS, AGC, Argenta, Brussels Airport, Proximus, Recticel, RTL, Ageas, Dragone, Google, Exki, Sioen, bpost, Ontex, rtbf, Spadel, Vandemoortele, Bozar, Fnac Vanden Borre, PwC and Sonaca.

About Odgers Berndtson

For over 50 years, Odgers Berndtson has helped some of the world’s biggest and best organisations find the senior talent to drive their agendas. We deliver executive search, assessment and development to businesses and organisations varying in size, structure and maturity. We do this across over 50 sectors, whether commercial, public or not-for-profit and draw on the experience of more than 250 Partners and their teams in 29 countries.

For more information: Katerina Topalidou, Marketing & Communication Manager Odgers Berndtson, +32 483 73 27 08