CEO, Antwerp Port Authority
Eddy Bruyninckx (°1951) is a sociologist by training. He graduated in 1973 from the Catholic University of Leuven, and began his career at Antwerp University as scientific assistant. He later joined ministerial private offices. From 1987 to 1990 he was general secretary of the Social-Economic Council of Flanders.
Eddy Bruyninckx has headed the Antwerp Port Authority since 1992, first of the Antwerp Municipal Port Company (as it was then), and for the last seventeen years as CEO of the Authority in its corporatized form.
For the successful turnaround and modernization of the Antwerp Port Authority he was awarded the title of “Public Sector Manager of the Year” in 2003, conferred for modern public management by the Flemish Association for Management and Administration Science, and in 2012 he had the honour of receiving the first World Ports Award in Abu Dhabi from Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the UAE. In November 2014 he was presented with the IBJ Lifetime Achievement Award as a recognition for his achievements to develop the port of Antwerp into a world player.
Eddy Bruyninckx is currently also a director of the publicly-owned transport company NMBS, the Belgian National Railway Company, as well as a number of other organizations.