Touring, the leading mobility organisation in Belgium, has since 2017 been a shareholder in Ghent-based software developer Optimile. Pursuant to the partnership which Touring entered into last year with AG and BNP Paribas Fortis, these two are now also taking stakes in Optimile. Ownership of the company will henceforth be divided equally between the three partners, with each holding a one-third share.
Optimile is an innovative Ghent-based software company, which provides a range of applications in the field of mobility, and has developed a cloud-based platform that takes a Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) approach to connect the end-user with various means of transport. The platform enables users to smoothly combine different transport methods to find the most convenient way to reach their destination, plus also to make their reservations and pay for the various modes of transport in one go. Touring already uses this platform for its EasyWay application.
Optimile operates in seven countries and numbers some 600,000 customers worldwide.
The new capital injection is being accompanied by a change in the top management at Optimile. The current Chief Executive, Wim Iliano, is to step down. An De Pauw, who in the course of her career at companies such as Tesla and D’Ieteren has built up unrivalled know-how in the new mobility, will take over as the new CEO on 5 March.
Bruno de Thibault, CEO, Touring, underlined: “This capital injection will provide Optimile with extra resources, boosting its capacity to optimise its various mobility applications and bring them to market more rapidly and efficiently. We firmly believe in Optimile’s creativity, expertise and know-how when it comes to developing effective, user-friendly mobility solutions that reflect the key mobility trends and are able to meet the new needs going forward.”
Edwin Klaps, Managing Director, Broker Channel & Non-Life Development, AG, explained: “Both the traffic situation in cities and people’s mobility behaviour and needs are changing rapidly. Multimodal transport solutions will be playing an ever-greater role in the future, where use is set to become more prominent than ownership. As an insurance provider, we place great importance on easily-accessible, safe and sustainable mobility, and we intend to play a part in this evolution, alongside our strong partners. Our shareholding in Optimile fits perfectly with this vision.
Max Jadot, CEO, BNP Paribas Fortis, stated: “With Optimile’s new ownership structure, which brings together three leading players in the Belgian economy around mobility, we’re sending out a strong signal to the market that we believe in Optimile’s unique expertise and in the high-quality solutions the company provides. As the leading bank in Belgium, we’re determined to play a key role in finding solutions beyond banking to central social issues such as mobility, in the service of our customers.