Executive Directors

Patrik Vandewalle

Patrik Vandewalle

Founder and CEO

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Patrik is Co-founder and the beating heart of the company. Aside from work, Patrik has great interests in nature and people photography, rock festivals, exploring new cultures and driving in classic car rallies.

With over 30 years of experience in the international IT industry, Patrik has brought vast entrepreneurial, technical and business qualifications to Skelia to become an award-winning company backed by over 300 team members. Born and raised in Belgium, Patrik has always been driven by the joy of creation, attracted by the unknown, inspiring challenges and finding creative ways to transform ideas into businesses that have an impact.

Together with his Belgian Co-entrepreneurs, Patrik founded Skelia as a new venture in 2008. Anticipating changing company needs originating from the financial crisis that same year and continued IT talent shortage, a transparent business model was crafted with the goal of solving traditional outsourcing roadblocks, such as employee turnover, cultural differences, management overheads and evolving needs. A remarkable business experience was born, being as close as possible to having your own employees, as if Skelia builds and operates a new customer office in Eastern Europe.

Prior to Skelia, Patrik held international executive positions at Accenture, DXC, CGI and Econocom. He was actively involved in corporate turnarounds, mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. Patrik has also successfully launched several startups and became a seed investor.

He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering & Computer Sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Olivier Istace

Olivier Istace

Founder and COO

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Solution architect and engineer in previous stages of his life, Olivier is a Co-founder and COO of Skelia. He is a highly skilled professional with over 25 years of experience in the IT & Financial services industry. He oversees all aspects of Skelia’s service delivery, starting from corporate infrastructure to leading IT and engineering teams, including Skelia’s finance organization and administrative departments.

Olivier’s competence enables Skelia to successfully operate and grow in different international markets and industries. He is one of the driving forces behind service innovation and process efficiency, and is actively involved in growing Skelia’s R&D initiatives such as TestLab, Mobile Lab and the RPA Lab.

Before co-founding Skelia, Olivier held several positions in software development, IT transformation, operations management, and IT/BPO offshoring at large international corporations, such as JP Morgan, Clearstream, Mastercard Europe, and Cetrel.

He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering & Computer Sciences from the University of Namur, Belgium.

Olivia Vandesande

Olivia Vandesande

Chief HR Officer

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With more than 30 years of professional experience, Olivia is a leading figure in managing Skelia’s tech talents. She adores grunge rock and metal, music festivals, reading and design.

Olivia’s area of business expertise includes outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, and change management. She has brought the company her unique talent to build positive trustful relations, creating an inspirational working environment and coaching people to a next level. As Chief HR Officer, she oversees the company’s leadership initiatives to enforce corporate culture and bring more value to employees and clients, and make Skelia the Employer of Choice.

Olivia is a versatile HR executive. Her creativity and out-of-the-box thinking help Skelia to reach new horizons and develop new directions. Since 2017, Olivia also oversees the operations of the Skelia Poland office and helps to grow it steadily.

Before joining Skelia, Olivia practiced HR in various industries. She has held executive positions in international corporations like CSC Computer Sciences, Bull, British Telecom, and USG.

She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Non-Executive Directors

Jan Vorstermans

Jan Vorstermans

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Jan has over 30 years of experience in Telecom and IT industry, marketing & sales, business development, technology, and operations. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Jan has broad experience in public company management, M&A, and innovation and has held international senior executive positions at Siemens-Atea, Telindus, Nynex (now Verizon), BT, and Telenet.

Jan De Schepper

Jan De Schepper

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Jan has over 30 years of experience in IT and Telecom industry. Jan was CEO of Telindus, one of the leading telecom integrators in Benelux, prior to being acquired by Belgacom. Next to board positions at Skelia, Inventive Designers and Crossroad, he is currently the president of ADM, a well-respected platform within the IT and business community with 150 member companies, offering knowledge exchange, activities, and networking opportunities to a broad professional audience.

Jan Picavet

Jan Picavet

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Jan is a successful technology entrepreneur and investor with over 35 years of international experience. He has held senior executive positions in a number of global corporations such as Cullinet Software, Legent Corp, CSC Europe, MarchFirst, USWeb/CKS and BDO Atrio. Jan is actively involved in the investor community with early stage positions in different promising technology companies such as Skelia.

Regional Leadership

Rostyslav Shchepan

Rostyslav Shchepan

Managing Director, Skelia Ukraine

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Rostyslav received a Master’s degree in International Law from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 2002. He has over 14 years of business experience in banking, construction business, entrepreneurship, and IT. Since joining Skelia Ukraine in 2008, Rostyslav has played an important role in establishment and development of the organization. As a Managing Director of Skelia Ukraine, he ensures that the organization’s everyday activities run smoothly and efficiently.

Dana Levko

Dana Levko

Operations Manager, Skelia Poland

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Dana has over 6 years of professional experience in HR, recruitment and operations working both in the Polish and Ukrainian outsourcing market. She graduated from Lviv Polytechnic University in 2014 with a Master’s degree in International Management. Dana joined Skelia in May 2017 as an IT Recruitment Specialist, she held the positions of Head of Recruiting and Client Partner and was promoted to Operations Manager of Skelia Poland in 2020.

Andriy Yakymiv

Andriy Yakymiv

VP Operations Ukraine

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Andriy has over 15 years of professional experience in IT industry. His ability to think in opportunities, accept and meet business challenges in combination with strong technology expertise has helped him to lead and accomplish a number of successful projects. Andriy joined Skelia in September 2015 and his current role of VP Operations is focused on building and developing long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation with Skelia customers. Andriy holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Client Partners

Oksana Dyachyshyn

Oksana Dyachyshyn

Client Partner, Skelia Ukraine

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Oksana graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with a Master’s degree in International Economics. Oksana has over 14 years of administrative experience in IT industry. She had been leading Human Resources at Skelia Ukraine since its launch in 2008 and was responsible for HR and recruiting functions in the company. Now, Oksana, as an accomplished top manager, holds the position of Client Partner. She leads a pre-sales team as well as engagement activities and establishes long-term cooperation between Skelia and its customers.

Sviatoslav Pechurytsia

Sviatoslav Pechurytsia

Branch Manager, Skelia Ukraine

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Sviatoslav graduated in 2009 from Kyiv Academy of International Economics and Business, with bachelor’s degree in International Economics. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT industry managing teams and projects in Ukraine, Poland and USA. Sviatoslav joined Skelia in August 2015 as a Recruitment Lead, held position of Client partner and was promoted to Branch Manager in 2020. He is managing operations of Skelia Kyiv branch and establishing productive cooperation between Skelia and its customers.

Dorota Damasiewicz

Dorota Damasiewicz

Client Partner, Skelia Poland

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Dorota graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology in 2013. She has 5 years of experience within recruitment working for various clients in IT, Telco and Investment Banking sector. She worked within a recruitment agency, recruitment process outsourcing companies as well as onsite work for clients based in Europe and the Middle East. Dorota is based in Krakow and joined Skelia in December 2016 as an IT Recruitment Specialist and currently holds the position of Client Partner.