Mr Danny Hovaere joined the SHAPE Finance and Acquisition Directorate in 2003 and became the ACO Head of Contracts in February 2007. Mr Hovaere is Acting ACO Financial Controller since 01 Nov 2020. As the principal financial management advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he serves as the senior executive responsible for all financial management functions in Allied Command Operations as well as the Director of the Finance and Acquisition Directorate.
Mr Hovaere obtained a degree in Communication and Political Science from the University of Gent. He has a LLB and Master Degree in International and European Law from the University of Brussels (VUB - 1983). He also holds a Master Degree in Management from the VUB (1992).
After his initial military basic training, Mr Hovaere continued his military service as a Second LT (RES), LOG at the HQ Forces of the Interior Host Nation Branch in Tervuren, Belgium.
He joined the NATO SHAPE Support Group (US) as a Senior Contracting Officer and Head of the Contract Administration Branch. He was assigned to the RCO Benelux and HQ USAREUR and 7th Army Europe from 1985 until 1999.
Mr. Hovaere was headhunted by Russel & Reynolds in 2000 to become the Director of Contracts for Europe, Middle East and Africa for a US Multinational firm, AVNET Inc. In this capacity he was responsible for the oversight of an 8 Billion Euro Portfolio related to IT supply chain management contracts.