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Thomas Schelfhout

Investment Manager

Thomas has been with Gilde since January 2015, before which he was an M&A analyst in the Corporate Finance team of BNP Paribas, in Brussels. Thomas studied Applied Economic Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven and followed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD.

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Interview

What brought you to private equity?
I love the way that entrepreneurs can create something from nothing and have the ability to motivate and inspire the people around them. Being a private equity investor puts me close to those entrepreneurs, a position from which I can help them realize their growth ambitions. It gives me energy to work with hugely motivated managers and map out strategic lines with them. By nature, I have a broad scope of interest and as private equity investors we come into contact with a wide range of companies. This gives me the opportunity to constantly keep learning and apply it all in practice.
What is it about Gilde that appealed to you?
Throughout my career, I’ve sought out the people that inspire me and give me the energy to go that extra mile. From the first moment I joined Gilde that feeling of like-mindedness with my colleagues was unmistakable. They are highly motivated, they want only the best for our companies and they go to great lengths to realize our companies’ ambitions. What’s more they are great people, each and every one of them, with highly divergent backgrounds. As a team, it means we all complement one another.
Looking back, what gives you the most satisfaction?
The entrepreneurial odyssey made by Actief Interim. Actief started in 1988 as a modestly sized, local employment agency in Belgian Limburg. Today, it is a leading temporary employment agency that is active in four West-European countries. Every day, Actief finds work for more than 20,000 people in a variety of different sectors. It gave me immense personal satisfaction to have helped a company that started locally make the transformation into a key international player.
Involved in the following investments