CV - Jo Sanders

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During his whole career as CFO, COO, CEO, consultant and Partner of Ernst & Young Jo Sanders has developed a broad experience with larger and family owned companies which all had one characteristic in common: they were compelled by the market and competitors to implement serious changes and to innovate their business concepts. Thanks to all these different strategic change projects Jo Sanders understands how to drive change and transitions in difficult and complex situations (repositioning, restructuring, mergers, …). He has a good feeling for the reactions of people and understands what is feasible. He understands complex situations, discovers possible conflicts of interest and helps different parties to come to a consensus.


  • Strategy development
  • Organizations and Change Management
  • Coaching of Top Executives


  • Ex. Master "Consulting and Coaching for Change" (2012-2013)
  • Diploma "Clinical Organizational psychology" INSEAD (2007-2008)
  • Master in Bussiness Administration – Vlerick Management School
  • Master Economy – University of Gent


  • Since 2011: FOCUS, Managing Director
  • 1998-2010: Ernst & Young Advisory, Partner, Belgium
  • 1996-1998: Spector, General Manager Retail division
  • 1994-1996: Rombouts, CEO
  • 1989-1994: De Persgroep, COO
  • 1985-1989: Saint-Gobain subsidiaries, CFO
  • 1978-1985: Coopers & Lybrand, audit en consulting


  • Leiders & Paradoxen (Lannoo campus, expected februari 2011)
  • Ondernemend veranderen (Jo sanders - Herman Van den Broeck) Lannoo 2004 ("Entrepreneurial Change")
  • Win als ondernemer (Standaard Uitgeverij 2001)


  • Dutch (Mothertongue)
  • French (Fluant)
  • English (Fluant)
  • German (Working)

"It is not the strongest or the biggest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change."