Alexander De Croo

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Alexander De Croo
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Deputy Prime Minister
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 October 2012
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo
Preceded by Vincent Van Quickenborne
Minister of Pensions
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 October 2012
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo
Preceded by Vincent Van Quickenborne
Senator
In office
6 July 2010 – 22 October 2012
Party Leader Flemish Liberal Democrats
In office
12 December 2009 – 22 October 2012
Deputy Vincent Van Quickenborne
Patricia Ceysens
Preceded by Guy Verhofstadt (Acting)
Succeeded by Guy Verhofstadt (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1975-11-03) 3 November 1975 (age 38)
Vilvoorde, Belgium
Political party Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten
Alma mater Free University of Brussels, Dutch
Kellogg School of Management
Website Personal site

Alexander De Croo (Vilvoorde, born 3 November 1975) is a Flemish liberal politician, economist and businessman.[1] He currently holds the office of Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Pensions. From 2009 until 2012, he was party leader of (Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD).

Biography[edit]

Alexander De Croo is the son of former Belgian minister and president of the Chamber of Representatives Herman De Croo. In 1998, he graduated in Business Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago in 2002 to complete an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management.

Before his political career, Alexander De Croo became a project leader of The Boston Consulting Group in 1999. Starting from 2006, he founded a new company called Darts-ip specialized in providing service to Intellectual Property professionals.[2][3]

In 2009, he participated for the first time in politics with the European elections of 2009. He received 47.779 preference votes while being positioned tenth on the party ballot. During the elections for the Senate in 2010, he obtained 301.917 preference votes, the third most in the Dutch-speaking constituency.

Chairman of Open VLD[edit]

On 26 October 2009, he became a candidate for the presidency of his political party Open VLD to succeed the transitional president Guy Verhofstadt. He chose Vincent Van Quickenborne and Patricia Ceysens as his running mates to compete against Marino Keulen and Gwendolyn Rutten. On 12 December 2009, he was elected president in the second round with 11.676 votes. Marino Keulen received 9.614 votes.[4] His election is remarkable because he does not have any previous experience practicing a political mandate.[5]

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions[edit]

Alexander De Croo succeeded Vincent Van Quickenborne as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions on October 22, 2012. Van Quickenborne resigned to become mayor of Kortrijk. Guy Verhofstadt was appointed transitional party president before Gwendolyn Rutten was elected as the new chairwoman of Open VLD.

World Economic Forum[edit]

In 2013, De Croo was appointed Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing. The goal of the Council is to ensure the challenges of a global ageing population are understood and tackled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexanderdecroo.be
  2. ^ Darts-ip
  3. ^ Alexander De Croo
  4. ^ Alexander De Croo is de nieuwe voorzitter van Open Vld, website Open VLD, 12 December 2009
  5. ^ Open VLD kiest met Alexander De Croo voor avontuur, De Standaard, 12 December 2009