THIS IS ME

Tech Enthusiast - Global Mindset - Strategy Lover 

-- Currently developing the Cloud Transformation Strategy of large enterprises --

-- Native communicator in French, English, Spanish & Catalan--

Senior Solutions Specialist @IBM // Former Senior Project Manager & Cloud strategist @Siemens
Passionate about everything related to technology. In love with IT and its potential.
Proven leadership & teamwork skills. Technology is the answer, collaboration is the catalyst.


My superpower?
I know how to explain complex ideas in simple words. I am somehow a techie with sales skills.

Passionate about technology and strategy?

Drop me an e-mail (hi@gerardsl.com) and let's grab a coffee :)

 
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MY EXPERIENCE

Background & Expertise

 

SENIOR SOLUTION SPECIALIST, IBM

July 2019 - present > Based in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Broadly speaking, my job consists of helping companies achieve their journey to the cloud and ensuring it will be fast, secure, and compliant with the current regulations in the industry. I have sales targets on the different IBM products of my business unit. I am mainly focused on selling hybrid cloud, OpenShift, managed services, migration expertise, and IT security.
Proven experience in complex software solutions at the CXO level (business and IT) and in defining the digital strategy for large enterprises for the upcoming years.

  • Helping companies achieve their full potential by empowering their journey to cloud

  • Responsible for the sales across managed cloud services

  • Ensuring that your journey will be fast, secure and compliant

  • Providing you the tools to become a cognitive company

  • Proud evangelist of cloud native solutions and of the cloud potential in general

  • IBM is uniquely positioned to provide open multi-cloud hybrid solutions to our customers. I am truly passionate about cloud and its potential. We are giving the tools to our partners to enable fast go-to-market and agile innovation. I feel blessed to be working for the industry’s most advanced information technologies in the planet.

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, SIEMENS

March 2015 - June 2019 > Based in Brussels (Belgium), travel 50% of my time

Broadly speaking, my job consisted of drawing, monitoring, and ensuring the successful execution of software solutions in the Energy sector. I was the main responsible for the overall projects that I lead. I had end responsibility on their P&L, contract agreements within Siemens, and with third parties, profitability, and quality assurance. Our customers were usually large TSOs, DSOs, and industrial players and I lead several teams from Siemens India, Belgium, Austria, France & Germany.

  • Main responsible for the successful execution of industrial multi-million projects.

  • Started and successfully finished a project in Mauritania (first smart system to control their electric grid in the history of the country) and a project in Morocco to upgrade their energy system and provide a more stable electricity supply to more than 35 million people.

  • Cybersecurity and reliability are core to our projects (experience with NERC, NIST, IEC 27001, etc.)

  • I have received 4 consecutive promotions since I started at the company.

  • Internship (March-June 2015): interned as a business analyst. We developed a market entry strategy for emerging African countries with a focus on Ivory Coast.

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EDUCATION

What I’ve Learned

 

VLERICK BUSINESS SCHOOL
- MASTER IN GENERAL MANAGEMENT

September 2014 - June 2015, Belgium

  • What did I learn?

    • How business works from a financial point of view

    • What management is all about

  • Recipient of merit Full Scholarship of €14k from the business school. Graduated with distinction from the jury.

  • #1 Business School in the region of Benelux (Financial Times ranking, 2013).

KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
- MASTER OF SCIENCE ENGINEERING

September 2013 - June 2014, Sweden

  • What did I learn?

    • How cool science is

    • What is the future of the energy systems in Europe: check my publication HERE

  • School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Erasmus Scholarship (1y).

  • #1 Engineering University in the Nordic countries (QS ranking, 2014)

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF CATALONIA
- BACHELOR & MASTER OF SCIENCE ENGINEERING

September 2009 - June 2014, Spain

  • What did I learn?

    • How cool science is

    • What the word "study" means

  • Graduated as "Licenciado" (BS + MS, Engineering, education plan of 1994), fifth year abroad.

  • #2 Engineering University in Spain (QS ranking 2013)

LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE BARCELONE
- FRENCH HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

September 1994 - June 2009, Spain

  • What did I learn?

    • Basic knowledge​​

    • French became a native language for me

  • Baccalauréat & Selectividad with the Highest Distinction. Graduated mention "Très bien".

THE EXTRA MILE

Projects that add up

Published November 2018 in Amazon

AUTHOR - TOO TECH TO FAIL

I wrote a book about the future of technology in the 21st century and how the new capabilities coming from this digital revolution will shape the world.​

Purchase the book on the following link (Paperback and Kindle version) -> click HERE

September 2018 - now

TREASURER - GLOBAL SHAPERS

Member in the Brussels & Amsterdam Hub.
Born out of the World Economic Forum, this NGO is a network of young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 369 city-based hubs in 171 countries

June 2016 - June 2018

MANAGEMENT BOARD - ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Engineers Without Borders (also called IsF, Ingénieurs sans Frontières) is an international non-governmental organization focused on serving the needs of disadvantaged communities through engineering projects.
Our team is mainly devoted to lead international development projects in developing countries and promoting social awareness.

November 2014

MCKINSEY & COMPANY, PARTICIPANT BTO BUSINESS CASE, BERLIN (GERMANY)

Selected among 500 students from the Benelux region.
Topic: Fast-growing business technology

November 2014 - February 2015

FOUNDER AND MAIN ORGANIZER - TEDX VLERICK

Founder and main organizer of a TEDx event: “The science of new”, which drew 250+ attendees
I lead an incredible team for this exciting project
I served as the Chair of the board & the Toastmaster of the event.

October 2012 - October 2014

BOARD - BOARD OF EUROPEAN STUDENTS OF TECHNOLOGY

Official European Trainer, delivered in trainings about soft skills
International Corporate Relations, International Mgmt.
VP of Corporate Relations, Local Mgmt.

 
 
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