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Profession: Financial Business Consultant
Location Main Office: City // Milan | Country // Italy
Company restructuring consultancy, M&A advisory, Non-performing loans advisory, Real estate transaction adviory
Automotive, Banking, Ceramics, Factoring, Leasing, Mechanics, Packaging
Renaud Bertrand SIMONS, Belgian, born on April 28, 1965, studied Economics & Finance at the University of Namur, Belgium (1983-1988). He wrote his master’s thesis about the “Euro commercial paper market”.
After his military service for the Belgian army in Germany, he entered in August 1989 in Generale Bank, the leading Belgian bank. He started with two years of general training in the main areas of the bank (1989-1991) then he joined the Corporate & Investment Banking division in Brussels as Financial Engineering Officer (1991-1994).
Beginning 1995 he was appointed as Country Risk Manager of Generale Bank in Italy (Milano). After the take-over of Generale Bank by Fortis Group, he became in 2000 CEO & Country Manager of Fortis Bank Italy. During this period, he developed from scratch different businesses such as Commercial Banking, Leasing, Factoring, Merchant Bank, Private Banking, Asset Management. He contributed in two acquisitions in Italy, one in leasing and one in factoring.
In 2008 he has been nominated CEO of Fortis Lease Italy (Treviso) and, some months later, he has been also appointed General Manager of Fortis Lease Romania IFN (Bucharest).
In July 2010 he joined GE Capital group as Chief Commercial Officer of GE Capital Italy, taking on the full responsibility for the implementation of the commercial strategy and the management of the sales teams for all business lines.
From September 2014 to March 2016 Renaud was in charge of leading the cross-border commercial development of GE Capital International for France, Italy, Iberia & Benelux.
In July 2015 he was appointed as CEO of GE Capital Finance Italy, the receivable finance/factoring business of GE Capital Italy group. After the acquisition of GE Capital Italy platform by local Banca IFIS, he left the new group early 2017.
Currently, Renaud is Executive Director of Mitigram, a Swedish digital Trade Finance platform and is also an independent business consultant involved in various projects such as Italian NPL’s, M&A, receivable finance, corporate debt and general consulting.
Renaud is the official advisor for Economic and Foreign Trade matters of the Belgian Embassy in Rome.
He speaks English, Italian, French & Dutch.
He is married to Irene (52) and has two daughters, Virginia (23) and Victoria (19).
Countries of Work Experience: Italy, Benelux, France, Romania.
1976- 1983 Superior school: Enseignement secondaire Collège Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur (Belgium)
1983- 1988 University - Licence et Maîtrise en Sciences Economiques et Sociales, Université de Namur (Belgium)
Thesis: the Euro commercial paper market (1988)
Other training in brief
• Experienced Leadership, GE, GE Learning Center (Crotonville, CT – 2013)
• Leadership, Innovation & Growth, GE, GE Learning Cente (Crotonville, CT – 2011)
• Management Development Course, GE, GE Learning Center (Crotonville, CT – 2011)
• Connecting for Growth, Fortis – ABN Amro (Bruxelles - 2008)
• Leadership for growth, Fortis (Paris - 2006)
• Next Generation Leaders - IMD Business School (Lausanne - 2004)
• Personal Development Programme – European Center for Executive Development INSEAD (Fontainebleau – 2002)
Dr Simons joined CBA Cross Border Associates as Consulting Professional in Italy in January 2020.
French, English, Italian, Dutch
MBA in Economics
Best Hired GE Capital Europe 2010;
Youngest person appointed as “manager” in Generale Bank group,
Adviser of the Belgian Ambassador in Rome for economic matters;
Economic Ambassador for the Walloon Region in Italy
Years in Advisory: 4
Accompanied & accomplished deals: 7
Total Transaction Volume: EUR 65,000,000
Vice President Rotary Brescia Nord;
Life member of “Croce Bianca” - volunteering