Jacques Lielens, founder of the advertising agency that bears his name passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the age of 76.
Jacques Lielens was one of the greatest names in his profession, and was the founder of the Lielens agency in 1972, during the heyday of a profession that would become his passion. For 44 years, no effort was spared by Jacques Lielens in order to develop his agency into what it is today, namely a communications agency that is independent, still 100% Belgian, and employs 45 professionals.
Lielens' 45 employees have today suffered a great loss. Although Jacques Lielens had, to some extent, left the agency's field of operations in recent years, he nonetheless remained Chairman of the Board, and a shareholder, and above all, continued to be particularly passionate about the company. Of course he was always passionate about the communications business, but he also cared deeply about people. Setting aside his professional achievements and his many projects, we especially remember the man himself and the values he embodied. An honest man, who was generous, creative and a true entrepreneur, Jacques was also a witty man, gifted with the ability to inspire enthusiasm in others. He was an inspiring and motivational leader and all those who knew him, near and far, whether they had known him for a long time or had only recently met him, found him to be a thoroughly genuine and generous man.
It is with deep regret that we must turn the page. The show must go on.
The Lielens agency which bears his name, is something which should make him proud, and that we can be proud of too.
André Dusausoy, managing director of the Lielens agency, members of the Board of Directors and all of the agency’s employees send their deepest condolences to his family.
One day, Jacques said: "The journey is more important than the destination"... Jacques Lielens’ life has been a truly wonderful journey.