Belgacom fared well under Bellens' reign. The profits the company posted, were good news the biggest shareholder, the Belgian state. Bellens may have been successful, he was also controversial.
He had to explain in parliament why he gave one of his female assistants a controversial promotion, and his high salary also triggered criticism - Bellens earned 2.6 million per year. He was eventually fired by the previous federal government under Elio Di Rupo in 2013.