Pieter Vercruysse

ANALYST

BENELUX

Pieter Vercruysse

ANALYST

BENELUX

Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Your age, your family situation and the country you live in?

Pieter

I was born in Bruges in 1999, in a household of five, as a member of a large family of over 70 people. Currently, I live in Brussels, where I work for the Benelux team at Argos Wityu.

Tell us about your career and how you joined Argos.

Pieter

Before joining Argos Wityu, I did a Bachelor’s in Business Engineering at KU Leuven and also spent a semester in South Korea at Seoul National University. I then did an internship in deals at PwC and went to London Business School for my Master’s in financial analysis. A few days after my last exam, I walked into the Benelux office of Argos for my first day, and I have been here ever since.

Is this the path you thought you would take when you started your studies?

Pieter

I wanted to make a difference by using my financial and strategic knowledge to add value for companies and investors at the same time. Looking at the companies Argos has helped to build and the investment cases we look for, I am happy to say I have found such a place.

The world of private equity has changed a lot in recent years. What is your definition of PE? How do you see it?

Pieter

I think over the past few years, investors have become more critical in evaluating returns and benchmarking the performance of various alternative investment opportunities. In this environment, I think it is important for PE players to show they add value beyond paying back leverage on the small and medium-sized businesses they acquire. In this regard, a hands-on investor who solves complexity is what investors should look for and what will continue to perform in the long run.

Some say we are the average of the people we meet. What do you think? What do you think?

Pieter

Having studied at London Business School and working in financial services, I am surrounded by people who are extremely driven to become the best version of themselves. Both personally and professionally, contact with these people pushes me to improve every day.

Outside of your job, what are your passions or commitments?

Pieter

Apart from work, I go to the gym, play tennis and play the piano. Besides that, I love to spend time with my friends and family. Furthermore, I love to travel to new places where I can immerse myself in new cultures and meet people from all around the world.

In another life, you would be... ?

Pieter

A professor of finance. Solving challenging theoretical problems has always been a passion of mine. I am delighted to say that my job involves solving complex issues on a daily basis, but if I had not found this challenge at Argos, I believe I would have looked for it in the academic world.
“I wanted to make a difference by using my financial and strategic knowledge to add value for companies and investors at the same time.”

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