Speakers Bio & Abstract

Arnout Desmet Vice President
Expansion Markets (Maps and Licensing) TomTom
The Netherlands

BiographyArnout joined TomTom in 1998 and is currently Vice-President in the Maps unit and responsible for global sourcing. His globally distributed team acquires and produces an extensive range of sources and content to build, enrich and maintain the high-standard navigable maps of TomTom, covering 135 countries and more than 4 billion people. These maps are used in multiple markets and trusted by thousands of automotive manufacturers, governmental and enterprise customers worldwide. Throughout his long career with TomTom, previously Tele Atlas, Arnout took up several leadership roles in geographic coverage extension and new market development through partnerships with local and regional map providers and content aggregrators. Prior to TomTom, Arnout was active in agricultural development and irrigation engineering programs in Africa where he started to appreciate the importance of mapping and location technologies. Arnout holds a master degree in Agricultural Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Economics.