Vice-President, Global Information Services McCain Foods
An IT and applied economics graduate from the University of Mons, Jean-Claude Blaimont started his career in ’85 at Henkel and became IS Manager for the Benelux, in charge of a 25-strong team. In ’96, he joined McCain as IS Manager Europe. He first rebuilt and consolidated the European IT team before deploying a customised ERP for the agriculture business. He also tackled the Y2K and euro challenges, as well as a European traceability project. In 2005, he was promoted to Vice President Information Services for Europe, and in 2006, Vice President for Europe and Africa. Three years ago, the arrival of a new global CIO presented an opportunity to optimise the IT, and to set up a ‘demand/supply’ model, intended to align and integrate the IT and the business and to increase the professionalism of project management. More recently, he has supervised the development of an internal social network, intended to support IT projects, as well as introducing BI tools providing greater knowledge about consumers of McCain products. Since July 2011, he has been in charge of all the regions of the world, comprising in addition to the ones already being managed, North and South America, Australia and Asia Pacific.
Jean-Claude Blaimont is responsible for provisioning services in about fifty countries, at more than a hundred sites and in over 25 languages, totalling 7,500 active users. One of the major challenges is preparing the transformation of IT teams to render them as efficient as possible after the rollout of SAP.
Married with 2 children, Blaimont is a time-management enthusiast, and is able to combine his work with his hobbies, which are badminton, golf, walking, cycling and oenology in particular. On the last subject, he takes advantage of his travels abroad to make some great discoveries.