Louis J. Mercken, MBA, PMP
PMI Fellow, 2007
Louis J. Mercken has over 30 years of experience as an executive in large multinational companies, and held positions including European Information Technology Executive for Exxon Chemical, CIO of CSC Europe, and Worldwide CIO of Union Miniere (Suez Group). He is a former owner, international partner and chairman of the board for the Threon Group, an organization that provides services in project management consulting, assessment and training throughout Europe. In this role, he worked with large international organizations to promote and introduce a project management culture, and he had more than 6,000 participants in his programs since 1997. Mr. Mercken is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He holds a bachelor degree in economics and an MBA in finance/accountancy. Mr. Mercken also holds degrees in Operations Research and Computer Sciences and followed the INSEAD Management Program (France) and the IMEDE (Switzerland) extended program for executives. From 2002-2011, he was executive professor and responsible for the Master Class Portfolio, Program and Project management at Antwerp Universities Management School (UAMS). From mid-1997 through 1999, he was visiting professor in project management excellence at the International Institute for Project Management at the Leonardo da Vinci University in Paris. Mr. Mercken was the founder, a board member and president of the PMI Benelux Chapter (1998-2001), a chapter that grew from its creation in 1998 to the second largest in Europe at year-end 2001. He served three terms on the PMI Board of Directors. In 2007, Mr. Mercken received the PMI Fellow Award. He was made an honorary Member of the PMI Netherlands Chapter in 2006, for his approval and active support to the spinning-off in 2001 of the PMI Netherlands Chapter from the PMI Benelux Chapter, of which he was the president. And Mr. Mercken was given a Lifetime Achievement Recognition from the PMI Belgium Chapter in 2009.