SOA People is a Europe’s leading consulting and services group specializing in SAP solutions.
Since 2007, SOA People has been supporting its customers to transform their businesses into exceptionally efficient, highly performing companies. With years of experience in SAP consulting and management within different industries, SOA People offers a solid and stable solution to its customers.
Thanks to its relevant offering, its proven methodology and its professional approach, SOA People boasts an impressive track record of successful projects, in all kinds of industries and in companies of all sizes.
CEO and Chairman
After completing an engineering and management degree, Khalil Hodaibi began his career in the industry. After 4 years he joined the consultancy sector and became a project manager and agency director.
An entrepreneur at heart, he initiated an MBO in 1998 and ended up becoming the head of the company that employed him. Surrounded by strong partners and a loyal team and using his skills, he was able to bring the company to international status within 5 years and in 2003, he decided to integrate his team with an international group listed on the Frankfort stock exchange.
He was successively CEO for Western Europe, CEO at EMEA and Vice President.
Drawing on his extensive experience, he created SOA People Group in 2007.
Khalil understands all sides of business, the perfect mastery of financial strategies, growth investment, internationalization and development; this gives him the remarkable ability to anticipate and adapt.
Chief Competence Officer & PMO Director
Pieter started his career as a Business Engineer in Alcatel, where he gradually learned how to manage and optimize manufacturing organisations. His passion for business transformation and change management enabled him to lead mission critical projects in the industry, utilities, telecom and services market; with companies such as British Telecom, Belgacom, Sigma Kalon, ADMB, Luxair Cargo and DHL Healthcare.
He joined SOA People in 2011, where he became a board member responsible for the operational dynamics of the delivery organisation, as well as following up on strategic customer projects.
Pieter has covered many managerial areas in his career, making him an excellent all-rounder. His professional passion is to transform entrepreneurial strategy into execution through alignment of organisation, processes and technology. He loves coaching people through change and personal development.
Pieter is a strong believer that being a first rate manager is like being a professional sports person, requiring you to be in good condition in all areas of your life.
Co-Founder and President of SOA People France
After an Information system management degree, Vincent Simioni joined an international manufacturing company based in Germany in 1987.
From 1991 to 1993, Vincent participated to the deployment of SAP R/2 solutions in various European countries.
Then in 1994 following a management graduate training course at HEC, he joined the world of SAP consulting.
In 1998 he joined Khalil Hodaibi, the MBO of Expert Group. He became Country Manager for Belgium, Luxembourg and helped to continue to expand the company’s international presence.
From 2003 to 2006, he managed the Belux subsidiaries of an exchanged quoted joint stock group.
Then in 2007, Vincent worked with Khalil to create SOA People group. He is President of French activities and manages the SAP partnership relation at an EMEA level.
Corporate Director of cloud, innovation and products
Tarek graduated as a Software & Management Engineer from AL Akhawayn University in 2002. During the last 15 years Tarek has held several senior and executive management roles in the SAP ecosystem including, Southern Europe VP, Cloud Transformation Director, HR consulting director and operations director for both France & Morocco
Tarek brings a wealth of experience in results & performance driven business, is self-motivated and a resourceful Corporate Director with a proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximize company profitability and efficiency.
His focus is on leading and growing all sectors of a business to make it a dynamic and progressive organization. He possesses excellent communication skills and is able to establish sustainable and profitable relationships with customers, suppliers and stakeholders across the regions.
Tarek has been leading SOA People’s global Cloud, Innovation strategy & positioning since January 2015. He is a permanent member of the Corporate Executive Board of directors.
He is responsible for running the overall Cloud & Innovation business of SOA People, including setting and leading the implementation of the organization’s strategy and objectives and overseeing its operating model.
Chief Operating Officer
After an engineering diploma at E.N.I Metz, Philippe Barge began his career in 1986 and after 15 years in the manufacturing industry in E.G.O. France and then VIESSMANN Philippe decided to join the world of IT consulting to manage large SAP projects.
He moved to IDS Scheer and worked there until 2006, his roles included Head of Industrial Department, Project Director and finally Director of Operations. During this time beyond his managerial responsibilities, Philippe worked with both major industrial projects and IT.
In 2007 Philippe proposed the creation of SOA People. As COO and a member of the Executive Board he directs and controls the operational performance of the SOA People Group and manages all operational commitments supported by his team of experienced managers.
Managing Director (Belgium South & Luxembourg)
After graduating in computer sciences, Joel began his career in 1978, in an engineering office of a large international group specializing in civil engineering.
In the mid 80s, he joined the Belgian subsidiary SOBEMAP one of the two largest European IT services companies of the time, he then moved to SEMA Group and began a long career in Europe and overseas in the field of consulting and IT services that has always fascinated him.
In early 1999, he became head of the SAP division of Bureau van Dijk, historic first Belgian partner (1988) of the German publisher. In 2004, with the help of some private investors, he led a management buy-out under the banner BvD-It Services and continued his activities in the world of services around SAP, as owner and operating manager.
In March 2010, he sold his company to SOA People to join a unique and ambitious business project, which unquestionably helps make SOA People the top SAP partner operating in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Managing Director (Belgium North)
Petra graduated from Solvay Business School after studying Commercial Engineering and started her first job at Mercedes Benz and then Belgacom Directory Services as a manager within the finance department. After experiencing her first SAP R/3 implementation project as a key user, Petra decided to move to world of SAP.
With over 20 years industry experience Petra participated in the creation of SOA People with the other founding members and sits on the executive board.
Petra understands that being committed, innovate, agile, passionate & respectful with customers, employees, managers, and partners alike is and has been important throughout her entire career.
People like to work with an organisation that share a clear vision and strategy but also an organisation that is putting these values to the forefront of all decisions making. Petra is commited executing this philosophy.
Group Marketing Director
With a Masters degree in Information Technology from EPHEC, Alain started his career working for an IBM Agent in Brussels. With 23 years of experience in SAP, first as a consultant & project manager, then through a first SAP partner (BPR Management), Alain has an in-depth knowledge of the SAP Market in Europe.
In 2005 Alain founded Keneos Group, a leading SAP organisation in Belux which went on to have a presence in 6 different countries in Europe, with customers such as GlaxoSmithKline, AGC, Arkema, SNCB, STIB.
In 2015 Keneos was acquired by SOA People, since then Alain has taken on the role of Group Marketing Director; where his responsibilities include Marketing, Communication, Strategic Partnership and Lead Generation.
Managing Director (The Netherlands)
After a Masters degree in industrial engineering & management at the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) in 1991, Ferdinand set up his own business as an independent knowledge broker for service providers in the IT industry.
In 1992 he sold this company to a fast-growing company in IT where he setup and developed a PC-training department and Office Automation department. In 1995 Ferdinand entered the SAP market starting in a commercial role at a medium-size system integrator. His focus was turn-key SAP implementation projects including SAP software and ERP infrastructure.
In 1997 Ferdinand joined HP Netherlands as part of a European SAP-HP/Intel team. He founded Perfect for People in 1998 with his business partner. Perfect for People was and is a 100% dedicated SAP system integrator, that received a list of prestigious awards and recognitions.
At the start of 2012 Perfect for People was acquired by SOA People Group and became SOA People Nederland N.V. Ferdinand is responsible for the SOA People Group activities in Netherlands and is a member of the executive board of the SOA People Group.