Materialise, a leading provider of additive manufacturing software and 3D printing services, has appointed Koen Berges as the company’s new chief financial officer – effective May 15, 2023. Berges will succeed the company’s long-time CFO, Johan Albrecht, who has decided to leave Materialise at the end of May ‘to pursue new opportunities’.
“Johan has been instrumental in the growth of Materialise to where we are today as a publicly traded 3D printing group. The Board is very grateful to Johan for the many valuable contributions he made during his eight years as CFO. Johan has built strong, SOX-compliant financial reporting and control systems, has enhanced our financial position, and has put in place tools and measures to help Materialise achieve our goal of long-term profitable growth,” said Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise.
Koen Berges brings more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership positions in various business environments – ranging from large multinational corporations to leading family holdings, and to fast-growing PE-backed IT services companies.
Berges, who is now 46 years old, most recently served as CFO for Cheops Technology nv/sa, an industry-leading managed service provider in secure IT infrastructures and cloud computing, where he was also a member of the group’s executive committee. He started his professional career at PwC and subsequently held various international finance leadership roles at ExxonMobil and investment group Alcopa. He also holds a Master of Science in Business Engineering, International Management from the University of Antwerp.
“Koen’s extensive business experience and financial acumen make him the ideal person to succeed Johan. He has played a key role in building financial strategies for many years, including in IT infrastructure companies, an area where Materialise sees significant growth opportunities with our CO-AM initiative. We welcome him to the Materialise team and look forward to his contributions,” said Fried Vancraen.