Sonja Rottiers graduated from the University of Antwerp with a master degree in Applied Economics (Major Accounting and Tax).
Sonja has more than 35 years of professional experience within the financial sector. During the first 10 years of her career at Gemeentekrediet (now Belfius), she played an important role in the professionalization of the retail distribution network. This experience in a commercial environment, contributed to a very entrepreneurial attitude in the rest of her career.
Since July 1999, Sonja has worked in general management positions (C-level) in insurance companies, primarily as CFO (Dexia Insurance and Axa) and with experience as CEO in smaller organizations. Her most recent executive position was with Lloyd's European subsidiary. She took the helm shortly after the company was founded. Her leadership was essential in establishing Lloyd's European operations leading up to and immediately following the UK's exit from the EU. Her key achievements were establishing relationships with local regulators and market stakeholders, structuring operations and building a strong team to manage and develop the business in Europe and across the region.
Sonja decided to focus on non-executive mandates in different industries, leveraging her experience in general management, governance, risk management and financial expertise.
Today, Sonja is also non-executive director at bpost SA and Matexi SA as well as chair of the Audit committee in these organisations. With her mandate as chair of the Board of PPG (Jab Holding Company) - Pinnacle Pet Group, a pan-European, fully integrated Pet insurance and health services platform- and her advisory role at the Insurtech DGTAL she closely follows and contributes to the digital and data transformation within the insurance sector.
She is an authentic leader who wants to pass on her knowledge to grow the business and help others thrive and connect, driven by the common good of the organization. Throughout her career, she has also promoted diversity and inclusion, both in organizations and by co-founding "Women on Board.