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Odgers Berndtson: Top-students will be CEO for one day

For the fifth year in a row, Odgers Berndtson organizes the original event that offers the unique opportunity to top-students to spend a day on the side of a well-known Belgian CEO.

Five Master students from Solvay Brussels School, Odgers Berndtson’s exclusive partner for this unique “CEO for a Day” event, have been selected for a match-up with the five CEOs in the ilustration above, in February/March.

For the CEOs, it is an excellent opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders and to better understand what drives them, and also to obtain favourable press coverage on their participation. The participating students learn about the level of responsibility and the complexities faced by today’s leading executives, while also getting a feel for how these leaders create value in their organizations.

The previous years’ 20 CEOs clearly liked their experience during that special day:

  • My co-CEO forced me to think about my role, and I was also surprised by the positive reactions on the CEO for a Day program from my team and other stakeholders that we have had meetings with during the day.
  • I learned a lot about the aspirations of today’s millennial generation.
  • I would recommend this program both to students and to CEOs.
  • It was an honour and a pleasure for me to participate in this fun project.

Our website presents the enthusiastic testimonials from previous participants and the extensive media coverage on the CEOs and students in action:

While CEO for a Day is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to be inspired by some of Belgium’s seasoned business minds, the program is also a way of connecting today’s top leaders with the next wave of change.

Luc Wouters - Managing Partner, Odgers Berndtson Brussels


About Odgers BerndtsonOdgers Berndtson is a global leader in executive search, with more than 200 partners in 30 countries. The firm specializes in recruiting and assessing senior executives, thus helping its clients to build world-class leadership teams. In Belgium, its partners specialize in Industry, Finance, Information Technology, Consumer Goods and European Affairs.


For more information: Baldwin Klep, Partner Odgers Berndtson Brussels | | +32 (0)496 23 92 34 Belgicastraat 7, 1930 Zaventem