Board of Directors
As the ultimate management body of the Company, the Board of Directors is empowered to carry out any necessary or useful actions for the achievement of the corporate purpose, the exception being the powers reserved by law to the General Meeting of Shareholders (such as amendments to the bylaws, capital increases other than through the authorized capital, capital decreases).
As a general principle, the Board of Directors comprises six members or more. At least half of them are 'non-executive directors', including minimum three 'independent directors'.
Julien De Wilde, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michel Akkermans, Director of companies (independent director)
Jo Cornu, Permanent representative of Mercodi BVBA - Director of companies
Willy Duron, Director of companies (independent director)
Roland Junck, Director of companies (independent director)
Christian Leysen, Chief Executive Officer AXE-Group - Director of companies
Christian Reinaudo, Permanent representative of CRBA Management BVBA - President and Chief Executive Officer of Agfa-Gevaert
Wilfried Van Lishout, Company Secretary
Julien De Wilde
(°1944, Belgian) obtained an engineering degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). From 1969 onwards he held various managerial positions at Texaco and in 1986 he was appointed member of the European Management Board of Texaco in New York. In 1988 he became head of the research and business development department of Recticel. A year later he became a member of the Executive Committee of Alcatell Bell, where he was responsible for strategy and general services. From 1995 to 1998 Julien De Wilde was CEO of Alcatell Bell and from 1999 to 2002 he was Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of Alcatel in Paris, responsible for Europe, the Middle-East, Latin America, India and Africa. From July 1, 2002 to May 2006, he was CEO of the Bekaert Group. Julien De Wilde became a member of the Board of Directors in 2006. Since April 2008 he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.
(°1960 - Belgian) holds an M.Sc. in electronic engineering and computer sciences and a degree in economics and finance from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He held management positions in a series of international banks and consulting companies before founding FICS, a leading software provider in the field of online banking and regulatory financial reporting, in 1989. In 1999, FICS, together with Edify and Vertical One, merged with Security First Technologies, creating S1 Corporation, the market leader in internet banking with Michel Akkermans as its Chairman. In 2002, Michel Akkermans became Chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay, an innovative e-finance company focused on delivering globally applicable solutions for secure electronic payments. Michel Akkermans became a member of the Board of Directors in 2008.
(°1944, Belgian) graduated as an engineer specializing in electrotechnology and mechanics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and later obtained a PhD in electronics from the Carlton University in Ottawa (Canada). Jo Cornu was CEO of Mietec from 1982 to 1984 and later General Manager for Bell Telephone until 1987. From 1988 to 1995 he was member of the Executive Committee of Alcatel NV and from 1995 to 1999 he was COO for Alcatel Telecom. Later he became a counselor for the Board of Directors of Alcatel. Jo Cornu has been Chairman of the ISTAG Group (Information Society Technologies Advisory Group) of the European Commission from 2005 until 2007. Jo Cornu became a member of the Board of Directors in 2002. As from December 1, 2007 until April 27, 2010 he has been President and CEO of Agfa-Gevaert.
(°1945, Belgian) has a master of mathematics from Ghent University (Belgium) and a master of actuarial science from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He started his career in 1970 as an actuary for ABB Insurance (Assurantie van de Belgische Boerenbond). After the merger of Kredietbank, CERA Bank and ABB Insurance, he became chairman of the Executive Committee of KBC Insurance and director of KBC Asset Management in 2000. He was appointed president of the Executive Committee of KBC Bank and Insurance Holding Company in 2003 and he was CEO of KBC Group NV from 2005 until he retired at the end of 2006. Willy Duron became a member of the Board of Directors in 2008.
(°1955 - Luxembourger) graduated from the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich (Switzerland) and earned an MBA from Sacred Heart University of Luxembourg. He started his career with Arbed. At TrefilARBED Bissen he was named General Manager in 1993 and Managing Director in 1996. After having held various other managerial positions at Arbed, he became Senior Vice President of Acelaria (Spain) in 1998. He was a member of the Arbed Group Management Board from 1999 to 2002, when he was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of the newly created Arcelor after the merger of Aceralia, Arbed and Usinor. In August 2006, he became CEO of Arcelor Mittal and a member of the Group's Management Board. Following the reorganization of the company's senior management structure in November 2006, he became an advisor to the CEO while he remained a member of the Board until July 2007. Roland Junck became a member of the Board of Directors in 2008.
(°1954, Belgian) obtained the degrees of commercial engineer and master in law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He began his career in 1976 with the international auditing and consulting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. In 1981 he joined GB Inno BM, the largest Belgian retail group, taking responsibility for logistics and the organization of the Maxi division. In 1984 he founded Xylos, which evolved into an international IT service provider. In 1989 he became responsible for the day-to-day management of the maritime company Ahlers. When Ahlers became a privately owned company, Christian Leysen became Chairman of the Board of Directors. From 2000 to 2002, he was a member of the Antwerp city council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Antwerpse Waterwerken. Christian Leysen became a member of the Board of Directors in 2003.
(°1954, French) is a graduate from the 'Ecole de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris' and holds a doctorate from the 'University of Paris' (France). He started his career with Alcatel (formerly named 'Compagnie Générale d'Electricité') in 1978 in the Research and Development Centre of Marcoussis (France). During his Alcatel period he managed several multi billion Euro businesses and international sales and services organizations. From 1984 to 1996, he held several positions in the Cable Group of Alcatel (now Nexans), from research and development, to manufacturing, procurement, sales support and services. He took the position of President of the Submarine Networks Division in early 1997. Appointed President of the whole Optics Group in 1999, he entered the Executive Committee of Alcatel early 2000 as Executive Vice-President. In 2003, he was appointed President of Alcatel Asia Pacific and moved to Shanghai (China) until 2006. During this period he was also the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alcatel Shanghai Bell, the Chinese joint venture of Alcatel with the Chinese government. In 2006, he returned to Paris to manage the integration and the transition process associated with the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies. He also became Director in the Board of Directors of Draka Comteq (The Netherlands). In 2007, he was appointed President Northern and Eastern Europe of Alcatel-Lucent, he joined the Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent Bell (Belgium). Early 2008, he joined Agfa-Gevaert to be President of Agfa HealthCare. April 27, 2010, Christian Reinaudo became President and CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.
Wilfried Van Lishout
(1964 - Belgian) has a Law Degree from the Catholique University of Leuven (Belgium) and an Economics Degree from the 'Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales', Brussels (Belgium). He started his career in 1989 with the legal team of Price Waterhouse Tax, Legal and Management Consultants, specializing in company law and M&A. In 1997, he joined Belgacom where he held various positions in the legal, corporate governance and M&A domains. Later, he was Legal Director for Fixed Line Services, responsible for managing all legal aspects related to Belgacom's business in fixed line telephony, broadband internet and television. In September 2007, Wilfried Van Lishout joined Agfa HealthCare as Head of Legal and in 2008 he became Company Secretary.