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Wim Hautekiet has over 30 years of experience in business and finance, having served in a variety of executive roles based in several European countries.

He started his career at the Brussels bar (Linklaters) and went on to serve as General Counsel, regionally for BNY Mellon and JP Morgan (London) and globally for Clearstream (Luxembourg) and Dexia (Paris).

His interest in strategy and business led him to serve as CEO and Chairman of BNY Mellon’s European Banking subsidiary and to act as co-founder of Quantessence Limited, a fintech startup in which Euroclear (the international clearing and settlement house) took a majority stake in May 2017.  At Quantessence, Wim serves as non-executive Director of the UK holding company from the outset and since its move to Belgium in 2021 also as Chief Risk & Compliance Officer.

Wim read law, psychology and philosophy at the Universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Illinois (USA). Later he focused on Finance (Solvay Business School and INSEAD).

Wim divides his time between Belgium and England.

As a Belgian national, with settled status in the UK, Wim’s working languages are English, Dutch and French.