Peter Hinssen‘s Biography
Peter Hinssen is one of Europe’s thought leaders on the impact of technology on our society. He has a focus on the consumer adoption of technology, on the impact of the networked digital society, and on the Alignment between Business and IT. He collaborates with organisations in the areas of IT Strategy, Transformation, Fusion and Coaching, in Europe as well as in North America.
Hinssen is co-founder of Across Group and CEO of Across Technology. An entrepreneur, lecturer and writer, he is also the former chairman of Porthus and has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company.
In the Nineties, Hinssen was founder and CEO at e-COM Interactive, a leading Internet consultancy firm, where he implemented some of the first large-scale Internet and e-commerce projects in Europe.
He is currently involved as a coach to executives to develop future innovation perspectives, and is a board advisor on subjects related to innovation and IT. He develops executive education workshops and awareness sessions to bridge business challenges with IT solutions, and to leverage the innovation potential of IT.
Hinssen lectures on IT Strategy and Technology & Organisation future challenges at various business schools in Europe such as London Business School (UK), and is a visiting faculty at Antwerp Management School (Belgium). He is a passionate keynote speaker frequently welcomed at Global CIO forums and conferences around the world.
He has a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium. After graduating he joined Alcatel Telecom working in the Multimedia Research Centre. He was involved in the design and implementation of Interactive Television, and was later involved in the Interactive Television Trials for the Bermuda Telephone Company and British Telecom.
Early 1995, Hinssen left Alcatel to found e-COM Interactive Expertise, one of the leading Internet and e-commerce consultancy firms in Belgium. He was responsible for the implementation of large-scale Internet, e-commerce projects and information systems for companies such as Alcatel, DHL Worldwide Express, ING, SONY Europe, S.W.I.F.T. and Volvo.
In 1998, Alcatel acquired e-COM, and the company was renamed Alcatel e-COM. Hinssen remained CEO, responsible for both the local and international operations. In 1999, Alcatel e-COM grew to more than 300 employees across Europe.
In 1999, Hinssen co-founded Porthus, on the belief that applications would not reside on in-house servers at companies, but at external, specialised datacenters. Porthus thus pioneered Software-as-a-Service and Cloud computing. Porthus delivered its Business-to-Business solutions to over 1,000 companies, covering customer locations throughout Europe and beyond. In 2010, Porthus was acquired by Canadian The Descartes Systems Group. Hinssen was chairman of Porthus from 1999 to 2010.