Michel Akkermans is Chairman and Director of Approach. Michel is a serial entrepreneur, private investor, adviser and board member, serving on the boards of public and private companies and private equity funds. Lean more about his activities.
He was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay, a finance technology company focusing on global payment solutions, before it was acquired by FIS (Nasdaq: FIS) in 2014. Before Clear2Pay, Michel was founder, CEO and chairman of FICS, a fintech company specialising in online banking and compliance reporting. In 1999, FICS merged with Security First Technologies, creating the leader in Internet banking - S1 Corporation (Nasdaq: SONE), with Michel as its chairman. He also was executive chairman of Data4S, a data analytics specialist, focusing on anti‑money laundering applications. The company was acquired in 2004.
Michel holds an MSc in electronic engineering and computer sciences and a degree in economics and finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is multilingual and operates worldwide.
David Vanderoost is Chief Executive Officer of Approach.
David joined Approach in 2011 and was appointed a Board member in 2012 and CEO in 2015.
Prior to his leadership position at Approach, David worked for various global Management Consulting companies, including KPMG and Accenture. He was involved in various complex, cross-border IT transformation programmes in various industries, such as the Financial Services, Public Sector, Retail and Telecoms.
As former security consultant for Proximus/Telindus and deputy CISO of Carrefour Group, David also has a strong background in cybersecurity.
Passionate about cryptography and electronics, David wrote his Master’s Thesis on smartcard security and side-channel attacks.
David holds an MSc in Electromechanical Engineering and an Executive Master’s degree in ICT Audit & Security. David is a certified ICT professional: ICT Auditor (CISA certification from the ISACA), Security Auditor (ISO 27001 Lead Auditor) and ITIL (best practices in IT Service Management).
Etienne Castiaux is Director of Approach.
Etienne is now CTO of Motive Partners. Motive Partners is a next-generation financial technology investment firm focusing exclusively on technology-enabled companies that power the financial services industry. Etienne was previously Chief Innovation & Technology Officer of FIS (formerly Clear2Pay), the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies.
Before his experience with Clear2Pay/FIS, Etienne was Chief Technology Officer of FICS and Head of Research and Technology at S1 Corporation. He was the brain behind S1's open e-Finance architecture, a framework uniting the efforts of 700 developers and serving a customer base of 2000 banks. His skills embrace an alphabet soup of Internet and web-based technologies.
Etienne holds an MSc In Electronics Engineering (Civil Engineer) from the University of Liege and the Ecole Polytechnique of Mons in Belgium, as well as an Executive MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau (France). He is fluent in 4 languages and has expatriate experience living in the US and heading development centres across 3 continents.
Damien Bastogne is Director of Approach.
Damien Bastogne is Head of Clear2Pay Ops at FIS, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. FIS empowers the financial world with payment processing and banking solutions, including software, services and technology outsourcing. He brings to Approach his vast experience and knowledge of the Banking sector from his former positions at FICS and S1 Corporation as Consultant and Business Unit Manager.
Damien is also a successful entrepreneur. He has been involved in several company creations and M&A.
Damien holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and an MBA from the Solvay Business School of Brussels, Belgium.