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 by 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, technology & engineering, HR and consultancy. 

Composition of the Board of Directors

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

(1) Independent Directors

The composition of the Board of Directors will change in 2018

On 28 February 2018 the Board of Directors announced the nomination of Mr Colin Smith for appointment by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 9 May 2018. He will replace Mr Alan Begg whose term of office will expire and who is not seeking re-election.