Our team

'People' are the most important asset in our company

Jan Samyn

CEO

Jan Samyn

CEO

Biography

A natural-born entrepreneur, that is who Jan is. He inspires and steers the SEAUTON group to the world-class division. If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney said it before and Jan is the living proof.

Frédérique de Keyser

Project Manager

Frédérique de Keyser

Project Manager

Biography

Why Frédérique is never afraid of choosing the hard way over the easy way? It must be because for every challenge she finds a solution. No wonder she always comes to work with a big smile and inspires people wherever she goes. Together with her networking skills and her enthusiasm, it’s one of the many talents that are of great use to her at SEAUTON.

Laura Mommaers

Project Manager

Laura Mommaers

Project Manager

Biography

She’s got a master-degree in Criminal Law, but Laura’s heart lies with events and incentives. That’s why – after three years of following us on social and other media – she finally decided to send us her resume. She daydreams quite often, about shoes, handbags, and about organising an incentive to South Africa. We’re quite sure at least one of these dreams may come true… very soon!

Sophie Verreet

Senior Process Manager

Sophie Verreet

Senior Process Manager

Biography

Sophie manages our sales team the way she handles her two cute little sons at home: with tonnes of enthusiasm and lots of humour. She learned the sales trade as inside sales at Spring Global Mail and during her master in business studies. The secret of her perpetually positive mood? Apparently it has something to do with stolen moments … and yoga mats.

Nathalie Paternoster

Senior Project Manager

Nathalie Paternoster

Senior Project Manager

Biography

Always wanted to know everything about Padel tennis? Nathalie is happy to tell you all about it; in fluent Dutch or in impeccable French, because this lady is perfectly bilingual. She learnt the event management trade at some of the largest hotel chains and pharmaceutical companies. When she’s not working, she enjoys the company of her two daughters or the delicacies her husband brings home.

Inge Samyn

CFO

Inge Samyn

CFO

Biography

Inge is our leading lady since the very beginning in 1999. She managed projects from Argentina to San Francisco, and under her daily supervision our office in Leuven became a European MICE reference. She’s a shining example of dauntless willpower and pure work pleasure and knows exactly where she’s going. Curious? Then do ask her about her plans for 2020 …

Tim Vandendriessche

Independent Staff Member

Tim Vandendriessche

Independent Staff Member

Biography

He used to be our client, then became our colleague in 2014, but returned to his first love HOWEST which suits him even better. He excels in developing social media strategies and organising study trips. His most ambitious dream project is organising a trip to Mars one day. And back, we hope.

Margo Heremans

Senior Project Manager

Margo Heremans

Senior Project Manager

Biography

If anyone will make your project a dazzling success, then it must be this lady. Not only is she one of the most intelligent people we know, she also has a hands-on approach AND loads of experience. She learnt her trade at Apple and Vlerick Business School, to name just a few. Where she got the recipe for her famous steak béarnaise with hand-cut fries, we’re still trying to find out.
Mail: margo.heremans@seauton-international.com Mobile: +32 473 41 45 83

An Lambrechts

Chief Global Strategist

An Lambrechts

Chief Global Strategist

Biography

She organised car launches in Madrid, Rotterdam and Brussels, incentives to South Africa and Iceland and European Business Summits in Brussels, but An’s hunger for new projects remains insatiable. As a member of the management team, she is a multitasker and a true conceptual and strategic thinker, who will commit herself 100 percent to any complex project, always with a big smile.

Inge Mekke

Project Manager

Inge Mekke

Project Manager

Biography

Unforeseen circumstances or stressful situations, Inge always keeps her cool and her smile. Managing projects, creating creative concepts and communicating with customers are second nature to her, though from time to time she likes to escape to the woods with her Nordic walking sticks, to clear her head.

Sofie Vandenbergh

Project Support Administator

Sofie Vandenbergh

Project Support Administator

Biography

She started working at Seauton as a student employee and decided to stay. The first things on Sofie’s bucket list: travel around the world for work (check!) and explore the South-African or the Californian coast in a VW van (planning in progress). Organising an incentive to South-Africa or Australia is also one of dreams. Okay, Sofie, we’re on it!

Sarah Vanroelen

Senior Project Manager

Sarah Vanroelen

Senior Project Manager

Biography

There is nothing this master in criminology can’t do. Except for singing, or so we’ve heard. When she was still a student she set sail to South Africa to work at a hotel, in Belgium she used to help disabled students who were living independently. Right before she joined our team, she was Meeting Manager at American Express Meetings and Events.

Griet Wils

Project Manager

Griet Wils

Project Manager

Biography

She loves cookbooks but never follows a recipe, she lived in Kortrijk, Ghent and Brussels but has the Luxembourg nationality, she sees and hears everything but she’s a shining example of discretion. Griet is full of contrasts and surprises, but we do know one thing for certain: she can’t wait to get her teeth into the next project.

Isabelle Birot

Project Manager

Isabelle Birot

Project Manager

Biography

Soccer, running, cardio, … Isabelle likes a physical challenge and that’s an understatement. Her talent to give herself one-hundred percent, and her knack for planning and organising will make her fit right in at Seauton. To relax from all that hard work, she prefers Harry Potter and a hot coco. Very zen indeed!

Shanna Emmers

COO

Shanna Emmers

COO

Biography

To discover hidden gems and authentic places, that’s what Shanna’s good at, but she is even better at managing ambitious projects. This master in communication sciences worked as a project manager and a business developer before she joined SEAUTON and her dream is to organise an incentive to Australia for our very own team. Needless to say, she is one of our most favourite colleagues …
Mail: shanna.emmers@seauton-international.com Mobile: +32 477 89 57 44

Ruth Bloemen

Project Manager

Ruth Bloemen

Project Manager

Biography

To travel around the world with her backpack, that’s what Ruth loves most of all. So it is safe to say that her job at SEAUTON - her first one ever! - is spot on. To see as much of the world as possible, to gain a wealth of new impressions and to learn everything there is to learn about event organisation, that is exactly what she has always dreamed of doing.

An Goethals

HR Manager

An Goethals

HR Manager

Biography

Whether it is with a compliment or a surprise seminar, An (also known as salad woman at the office) simply loves to make us happy. At regular intervals, she offers us brain food and physical relaxation to keep our minds sharp and our team spirit healthy.

Janna Vannoten

Communications Manager

Janna Vannoten

Communications Manager

Biography

Our communications manager was born and raised in Leuven, but if you ask her for hotels in Portland or a trendy restaurant in London, chances are you will end up with a complete list of places to visit. She travelled half the world, from Panama to Australia. At professional fair organisers Artexis and FISA she learned everything about events, press and communication.

Stephanie Van den bossche

Independent Staff Member

Stephanie Van den bossche

Independent Staff Member

Biography

Addicted to travel, photography, fashion and tennis, but above all an absolute pro in organising events & large congresses. Her favourite SEAUTON-projects brought her to Beijing, San Francisco and New York, but her big dream is to organise an event in Australia … and to start her own B&B in South Africa.

Lidia Cauwenberghs

ICT Coordinator

Lidia Cauwenberghs

ICT Coordinator

Biography

In a former life she lived in Atlanta, Singapore, Shenzen and Milan and worked as an ICT Consultant for PwC, today Lidia is our tower of strength whenever we have an ICT-related question. Setting up registration and evaluation tools are her specialities. She’s clearly a lady with ambition, and with a talent for sports and music, for she plays flute and guitar.

Michelle Naessens

Accountant Administrator

Michelle Naessens

Accountant Administrator

Biography

This cheery number-freak and self-professed Oreo-lover started as our intern but never left us since. Logic, reason, efficiency and numbers are her cup of tea, and that’s why she is the perfect person to manage our finances and accounting.

Frederic Vankraenenbroeck

Project Manager

Frederic Vankraenenbroeck

Project Manager

Biography

Always in a good mood, well prepared and ready to lend a sympathetic ear, that’s Frederic as we know him. After a 13-year career in the medical sector – where he worked as a sales and marketing assistant and as an event coordinator – he joined our wonderful team.

Nele Coulier

Senior Project Manager / Team Coordinator PCO & Association Management

Nele Coulier

Senior Project Manager / Team Coordinator PCO & Association Management

Biography

Nele has a knack for languages and learnt all the tricks of the event organising trade at LD Organisation, where she managed small and large projects and was responsible for the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry’s association management. She loves to make long seaside walks to recharge her batteries, but books, palm trees, ice creams and hot coco make her equally happy.

Liezelot Crols

Project Manager

Liezelot Crols

Project Manager

Biography

Liezelot loves adventures, singing along and dancing to the radio, acting and cinema. Organising a press launch or movie premiere (preferably in New-Zealand, Argentina or Scotland) are very high on her list. She already has the organisational talent and the film business experience (she started her career with Het Jeugdfilmfestival) and she is ready to develop her other talents at Seauton.

Sigrid Witzenburg

Independent Staff Member

Sigrid Witzenburg

Independent Staff Member

Biography

Before she helped us launch the Seauton office in Amsterdam, she lived and worked in Singapore and Buenos Aires. She likes many things, but she loves organising events and creating marketing and communication strategies. In fact, the only things Sigrid dislikes are traffic jams and eggs. Her motto: the art of remembrance is the art of attention. Sounds like a perfect match with the SEAUTON team.

Katrien Lauwers

Accountant Administrator

Katrien Lauwers

Accountant Administrator

Biography

Katrien has almost 17 years of experience in organising client seminars and webinars, an expertise that will certainly come in handy at Seauton. The same is true for her great attention to detail, her strong determination and her cake baking/chocolate making talent. Bring on those baking experiments, Katrien!

Géraldine Huybrechts

Independent Staff Member

Géraldine Huybrechts

Independent Staff Member

Biography

Géraldine studied law but quite soon she discovered that her real passion was in event organising. The business events, incoming management and incentive trips she organised all had one thing in common: the more complex the project, the greater her satisfaction. Her life motto is ‘do what you love and love what you do’ so she decided to become a fulltime freelance event professional in 2015.

Anke Roekaerts

Independent Staff Member

Anke Roekaerts

Independent Staff Member

Biography

Anke started her career at Seauton as one of our project managers, but since 2015 she is one of our most dedicated freelancers. She is a creative problem-solver who is getting things done and remains in charge of her projects at all times. But her greatest assets are her social skills: everybody loves Anke!

Maggie Teeling

Independent Staff Member

Maggie Teeling

Independent Staff Member

Biography

Greasy meat gives her the creeps, but travelling makes Maggie extremely happy. She used to work for a tour operator in Austria, Switzerland and Italy, her second homeland, she organised travels to Cape Town, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore and visited Canade, Asia and the French Antilles. Since a few years, this enthusiastic polyglot works for SEAUTON as an independent project manager.


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