Katrien Van Parijs has recently become the new CTO of Blanco. Therefore, we would like to share her story and plans for Blanco with you. Read more about her passions and values, why she chose Blanco and what she sees as the biggest challenge for Blanco’s next growth phase.
What is your background?
“I was trained as a civil engineer in computer science at KU Leuven and have almost always worked in software development since. My career started as a developer and later evolved into positions that combine technology and management.
I am passionate about creating innovative software products that have a clear impact on improving the lives of users. I also value learning from different experiences, which is why I have worked in many different sectors (e.g. public, social, financial, media, health and transport) in start-ups, SMEs and corporates.”
Why did you choose Blanco?
“Blanco’s competent team and innovative product piqued my interest from the start. The positive vibe of the company was also very appealing and I found the culture clicked well with my own values. I also chose Blanco because I was attracted to the challenge of scaling up a product that has already proven its product-market fit.”
What exactly does your role as CTO entail?
“Within the management team, the CTO is a partner to the business ensuring that technology is deployed to achieve the business strategy. With respect to the technical team, the CTO’s role is to make sure the team is working on the right things in the right way.”
What do you see as the biggest challenge for Blanco?
“The biggest challenge is streamlining Blanco’s structure and processes to efficiently scale up to the next phase of growth. I want to achieve this while maintaining the unique culture and drive of the employees.”