Until 31 August 2015, Mr. Pierre Demuelenaere was President and CEO of IRIS (Image Recognition Integrated Systems), a company he co-founded in 1987 to commercialize the results of his PhD.
Mr. Demuelenaere has more than 30 years of experience in Imaging and Artificial Intelligence. He has accumulated solid experience in technology company management, R&D management and setting up international partnerships with US and Asian companies (HP, Kodak, Adobe, Fujitsu, Samsung, Canon, etc.).
Throughout the years, he remained very involved in defining the R&D vision of IRIS and contributed to the development of new technologies, new products and the filing of a large number of patents.
In 2013, Mr. Demuelenaere successfully negotiated the acquisition of IRIS Group by Canon. The company has now become a member of the Canon Group.
Mr. Demuelenaere holds a Civil Engineering degree in Microelectronics from the UCLouvain and received his PhD in Applied Sciences in 1987.
He has received the "2001 Manager of the Year" award and the "2002 Entrepreneur of the Year" award. In 2008, Data News elected him "ICT personality of the year".
Amongst his other activities, in 2018 and 2019, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO ad interim of EVS Broadcast Equipment. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Guberna and Professor of management at the UCLouvain. He served for 7 years as a director on the Board of BSB, an insurance and banking software company, for 23 years on the Board of Pairi Daiza and for 10 years on the Board of e-capital, a Venture Capital Fund.