Paul Lembrechts qualified as a vet before starting work at the then BRT as a radio presenter and script-writer. He left the BRT for a career in industry, working for Master Food Belgium, where he gain experience in various management and executive posts.
In 1995 he entered the world of banking where he held various management and executive posts at the Generale Bank (later Fortis), ABN Amro Bank and BCCP bank. Mr Lembrechts left BKCP when it was taken over by Beobank (the former Citibank Belgium).
Our new CEO was chosen out of a shortlist of 10 candidates. He will now have the difficult task of steering the VRT through a far-reaching efficiency drive.
Mr Bourgeois and the Flemish Media Minister Sven Gatz (liberal) were keen to stress Mr Lembrechts management and leadership qualities. The fact that it will be the first time the new CEO will have held a management position within a media company is not a problems according to Mr Bourgeois.
"It is someone that practices modern leadership, someone that knows how to deal with change”, Mr Bourgeois said.