Ingrid Daerden, elected CFO of the year 2021 by Trends Tendances - Companies

Ingrid Daerden, elected CFO of the year 2021 by Trends Tendances – Companies

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Ingrid Daerden, 47, was chosen as CFO of the year 2021 by Trends and Trends Tendances. The financial director of the real estate company Aedifica was rewarded for the company’s remarkable career. Despite the covid, Aedifica raised more than 700 million euros and joined the BEL 20, the star index of Euronext Brussels. The “Deal of the Year” trophy, which rewards the financial operation of the year, was awarded to the Walloon biotechnology company Univercells.

This year, Trends and Trends-Tendances magazines organized the tenth edition of Trends CFO of the Year. With this award, magazines want to honor the achievements of a financial director.

A professional and independent jury chose Ingrid Daerden, from Aedifica as Trends CFO of the Year 2021. She was singled out among the other nominees: Charles Jacques from MaSTherCell, Jean-Pierre Mellen from Recticel, Nadia Messaaoui from Technord and Geert Peeters from Greenyard. Ingrid Daerden succeeds Nicolas De Clercq, financial director of Kinepolis, who won this title last year. During a very popular event on Wednesday evening, Ingrid Daerden and Nicolas De Clercq received their respective trophies. Due to the health crisis, the awards ceremony could not take place last year.

The CFO of the Year 2021 jury singled out Ingrid Daerden for her contribution to the strategic development and financing of Aedifica’s growth. Last year, the company has raised more than 700 million euros in the capital markets. The jury also recognized the integration of sustainability and ESG criteria into the financial policy. Finally, professional and transparent attitude of the new CFO of the year was hailed.

In an interview which will appear on October 21 in Trends and Trends-Tendances, Mrs. Daerden declares that she is proud of her team, but also of the path she has traveled as a manager. Since Ingrid Daerden took over as CFO of Aedifica in 2018, the healthcare real estate specialist has achieved remarkable growth. During this period, this 47-year-old commercial engineer has enabled the company to finance its development and has made the financial department she heads a solid asset for the future growth of Aedifica.

If there is a good strategy, I think it is the job of the CFO to allow investment opportunities to appear”, she said in the interview this Thursday. “Of course, on the executive committee, it is probably me who will most often highlight the risks of investment files. This is also my role. But I do it mainly to improve our agreements, not to reject them. Entrepreneurship is always about taking risks. It’s about knowing where the risks are, at least that way we can monitor them.”

When asked if she would like to become a CEO one day, she replies: “I’m happy to be CFO. This has always been my ambition, but the more seniority you get, the more your role changes. You start to think more strategically and you become more of a manager. However, this does not mean that I have the ambition to become CEO today. Who knows, I might see things differently in a few years. I like to make connections between numbers, but it’s true that I’m not a pure “number cruncher”. I don’t want to be the boss, as long as I’m heard, I’m satisfied. And I think you’re being heard because people appreciate your input.”

the Deal of the Year was awarded to the Walloon biotech company Univercells. Under the leadership of its CEO Hugues Bultot and its CFO Vincent Vanderborght, Univercells succeeded in raising, in a complex double operation, 120 million euros from prestigious investors: the American fund KKR, a fund from the Georges Soros galaxy, a fund from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, institutional Belgian companies such as SFPI, SRIW, and Sambrinvest and historical shareholders wishing to strengthen their participation. In parallel with this operation, Univercells has reviewed its structure, creating four independent subsidiaries, headed by a holding company, to prepare for an IPO scheduled for next year.

This year, Trends and Trends-Tendances magazines organized the tenth edition of Trends CFO of the Year. With this award, magazines want to honor the achievements of a CFO. A professional and independent jury chose Ingrid Daerden, from Aedifica as Trends CFO of the Year 2021. She was singled out among the other nominees : Charles Jacques from MaSTherCell, Jean-Pierre Mellen from Recticel, Nadia Messaaoui from Technord and Geert Peeters from Greenyard. Ingrid Daerden succeeds Nicolas De Clercq, financial director of Kinepolis, who won this title last year. During a very popular event on Wednesday evening, Ingrid Daerden and Nicolas De Clercq received their respective trophies. Due to the health crisis, the awards ceremony could not take place last year. The CFO of the Year 2021 jury singled out Ingrid Daerden for her contribution to strategic development and financing of Aedifica’s growth. Last year, the company raised more than 700 million euros on the capital markets. The jury also recognized the integration of sustainability and ESG criteria into the financial policy. Finally, the professional and transparent attitude of the new financial director of the year was praised. In an interview which will appear on October 21 in Trends and Trends-Tendances, Ms. path she has traveled as a manager. Since Ingrid Daerden took over as CFO of Aedifica in 2018, the healthcare real estate specialist has achieved remarkable growth. During this period, this 47-year-old commercial engineer has enabled the company to finance its development and has made the financial department she heads a solid asset for the future growth of Aedifica.”If there is a good strategy, I think it’s the job of the financial director to allow investment opportunities to appear,” she said in the interview on Thursday. “Of course, on the executive committee, it is probably me who will most often highlight the risks of investment cases. That is also my role. But I do it mainly to improve our agreements, not to reject them. Entrepreneurship is always about taking risks. It’s about knowing where the risks are, at least that way you can monitor them.” “I’m happy to be CFO. It’s always been my ambition, but the more senior you get, the more your role changes. You start to think more strategically and you become more of a manager. However, that doesn’t mean say that I have the ambition to become a CEO today. Who knows, maybe I will see things differently in a few years. I like to connect the numbers, but it is true that I am not a pure “number cruncher”. I don’t want to be the boss, as long as I’m in tense, I’m satisfied. And I think you are heard because people appreciate your contribution.” The Deal of the Year was awarded to the Walloon biotech company Univercells. Under the leadership of its CEO Hugues Bultot and its CFO Vincent Vanderborght , Univercells succeeded in raising, in a complex double operation, 120 million euros from prestigious investors: the American fund KKR, a fund from the Georges Soros galaxy, a fund from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, institutional Belgian companies such as SFPI, SRIW, and Sambrinvest and historical shareholders wishing to increase their participation.In parallel with this operation, Univercells has reviewed its structure, creating four independent subsidiaries, headed by a holding company, to prepare for an IPO scheduled for next year.

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