Culture

We are defined by three words: connecting, open, strong.

We will always build bridges, seek out and open up new connections. It gets you further and to a nicer place. We connect data with creativity, governments and citizens, marketing and concepts, intuition with technology, weird and wonderful, analysis and wild ideas. Partnerships make us happy.

We’re curious listeners, eager learners and love to explore. Our aim is to change opinions, beliefs, behaviour for the better. We’re no exception to that ourselves.

An open system needs to be strong. We honor skills, crafts, knowledge and antifragility. It gives us the power to do what we do. We know that power means nothing without technique, control and application. We are self-critical and often more steadfast and obstinate in reaching goals than our clients. You’ll like us anyway.

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History

Bridgeneers is a full service communication agency based in Leuven born in October of 2020, after the fusion of three partner companies: Absoluut, Absoluut Zulu and Lake Nimble. With more than 60 employees and a history dating back to 2003, when Absoluut was founded, Bridgeneers takes its place at the table of the greats. Or we can do take-out, that's cool. Gala dinners have never been our thing.

Fact: Bridgeneers used to be the name of our office in the heart of Shoreditch, London. With some open minded interpretation, you could say that we teamed up with a London Agency. Ok, sure, our own agency. But still.

Partners

You know: shareholders, and people who work on projects day in day out. There are no investors here. Managing is not off limits as long as the actual work takes priority.

Having spent more than 10 years working as the Creative Director at Slangen & Partners, Ronny Schildermans decided to set up his own agency in 2003. The poster protesting against the occupation of Palestine (Will Ariel ever manage to get that cleaned up?) received international acclaim, and in London his 11.11.11 spot was hailed as one of the best fundraising campaigns in the world.

In his spare time Ronny is a hard rocker. With his group ‘The Beautiful Babies’, he made Belpop history and won the silver medal at Humo’s Rock Rally ‘92. Ronny is married to Majella Boon, Production Manager at Bridgeneers. Add two teenagers and a rock ’n roll poodle and you'll understand his life is never dull.

Creative Director

Ronny Schildermans

Joris Mateusen holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and also a degree in media studies and IT. He started out in his career as a Strategic Planner at Slangen & Partners, after which he plunged straight into the media industry. Joris Mateusen specialises in behavioural change, campaign strategy, internal communication, brand strategy and positioning.

He has acted as an advisor to VDAB, 11.11.11, UNIZO, Carglass, VRT, Cyber Security Belgium, Flemish Authority, Logeren in Vlaanderen Vakantieland, Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos, Leuven Mindgate, City of Ghent, Syntra, various Flemish and federal ministers, as well as members of parliament...

Strategic Director

Joris Mateusen

Tine Van Hove earned her degree in communication science from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), and she is also a qualified journalist. In 2008, she walked through the doors of Remy Tower for the very first time, and as she tends to linger, she is still here. Tine is our instant glue. Like no other Bridgeneer, she masters the art of connecting with customers, and connecting strategy with creation and production, etc. Running a successful campaign comes natural to her. Just ask around at AP College, Accommodation in Flanders, the Department for Social Security, Public Health and Family, and Limburg.net.

Client Services Director

Tine van Hove

Piet has three daughters at home, and works with numerous female Account Managers at the office. The man must have nerves of steel. Besides his position as Head of Accounts, he is also a media expert with many years of experience. He started out in his career as the Chief Editor at the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, and then joined CRM-Factory (now Head Office) where he became top account. In 2007, Bridgeneers were only too pleased to welcome Piet as part of their team.

At Unizo, 11.11.11, RSZ [Department of Social Security], and the various Flemish and federal authorities, he is well known as a great project leader and a real ace at negotiating media partnerships.

Client Services Director

Piet Schepers

Thomas’ passion for all things digital is unparalleled. Armed with pen and paper this digital strategist can tell you all about lead generation, content management systems, digital funnels and anything even remotely related. He can expound on the subject for hours on end - maybe his philosophy degree is partly to blame? Fortunately for us he traded Plato and Socrates early on for the digital world, where he heads up our digital team.

Thomas not only makes the right promises for all things web and social but he also delivers. Before he made the switch to the Bridgeneers he earned his spurs at ‘The Parking Lot’ (now: Nine o’clock somewhere) as an online producer.

Digital Director

Thomas Klein

In tandem with Bridgeneers founders Ronny and Joris, Koen Helsen established the marketing cell, which focuses on developing creative solutions. With more than two decades of experience under his belt, Koen knows the ins and outs of the marketing sector like no other. At Barco he made it to VP Strategic Marketing and in recent years he worked as the European Marketing Director for Cegeka.

At Bridgeneers he is navigating new waters as a Managing Partner and stunning clients with his boundless knowledge.

Marketing Director

Koen Helsen

Team

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You know: the people who do the actual work. Today we are more than 60 strong. And we all have our specialisms. Copywriters who think these web texts could still be improved upon. Stubborn creatives. The accounts department who love a joke, but who never take their duties lightly. Strategists: rebels and perfectionists all rolled into one. Producers who ultimately really do the actual work.

We all strive for our noble goals, deadlines, and hopefully a piece of birthday cake with our coffee.

Our team also includes good people whom we cherish, and who help us to meet those deadlines: external freelancers and suppliers, specialists in video, photography, printed matter, web development, PR and consultancy.

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The network

Bridgeneers is proud to be a founder of We Are, an international network of fiercely independent agencies. In fact our partner / head of strategy Joris Mateusen is its current president.

We Are provides us and our clients instant access to insights, experience, strategy and production capabilities for the local and global market.

Nice to know: We Are operates on a zero markup policy. You get the network benefits without the network cost.

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