Board of Directors

The main tasks of the Board of Directors are to determine the company’s general policy, approve the strategy and supervise the activities. The Board of Directors is the company’s supreme decision-making body in all matters, other than those in respect of which decision-making powers are reserved to the General Meeting of Shareholders by law or the articles of association. The Board of Directors currently has fifteen members. Their professional profiles cover different areas of expertise, such as law, business, industrial operations, banking & investment banking, marketing & sales, HR and consultancy.

On 11 May 2016 the composition of the Board of Directors significantly changed: Emilie van de Walle de Ghelcke, Christophe Jacobs van Merlen and Henri Jean Velge became Director and Celia Baxter, Pamela Knapp and Martina Merz became independent Director. These appointments have added complementarity, independence, competence and diversity of professional experience on the Board.

Composition Board of Directors

Mr. Bert De Graeve, Chairman
Mr. Matthew Taylor, CEO
Ms. Celia Baxter (1) 
Mr. Alan Begg (1)
Mr. Leon Bekaert
Mr. Grégory Dalle
Mr. Charles de Liedekerke
Mr. Christophe Jacobs van Merlen 
Mr. Hubert Jacobs van Merlen
Mr. Maxime Jadot
Ms. Pamela Knapp (1) 
Ms. Martina Merz (1) 
Ms. Emilie van de Walle de Ghelcke 
Mr. Henri Jean Velge 
Ms. Mei Ye (1)

(1) Independent Directors

Barbara Judge, François de Visscher, Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke, Baudouin Velge, and Manfred Wennemer were not eligible for or did not seek re-election to the Board. Their term of office ended at the General Meeting of Shareholders of 11 May 2016.