The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in achieving its mission of control in the broadest sense, including financial reporting, internal controls and risk management, internal audit process and assistance in the external audit process.
Mark Pensaert, Chairman of the Audit Committee, Director of companies (independent director)
Julien De Wilde, Member of the Audit Committee
Hilde Laga, Director of companies (independent director)
Mark Pensaert (°1964 – Belgian) holds a Master of Law from the State University of Ghent (Belgium) and later obtained a Master of Law – Specialisation in corporate and securities law from the Cambridge University St. Catharine’s College. He started his career in 1988 in London with Lazard Brothers & Co, one of the leading independent global investment banks with principal offices in New York, Paris and London. Between 1992 and 1996 he was finance director of Interbuild NV and Rombouts NV. In 1996 he became CFO of Carestel NV (currently part of the Autogrill Group). Between 2001 and 2004 he returned to the international M&A business by rejoining Lazard Frères in Paris to help establish and set up the M&A platform for Lazard in the BeNeLux and in 2004 he became a Partner and started the Amsterdam office covering the BeNeLux. In 2008 he joined, as CEO, Leonardo & Co, a spin-off of Lazard, to build out their network in Continental Europe and as from September 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the investment banking division of Alantra Partners, a global investment banking and asset management group quoted on the Madrid Stock Exchange.
Julien De Wilde
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. 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 Board of Alcatel Bell, where he was responsible for strategy and general services. From 1995 to 1998, Julien De Wilde was CEO of Alcatel Bell and from 1999 to 2002, he was Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Board 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.
Hilde Laga (°1956 – Belgian) is recognized as a Belgian authority in the corporate law advisory field. Until 2014 she combined client work as a lawyer with an esteemed academic career. After obtaining a PhD in Law at the University of Leuven, she founded the law firm Laga, which she led as managing partner and as head of the corporate M&A practice until 2013, and that comprises approximately 150 qualified lawyers. As a professor at the University of Leuven, Hilde Laga lectured corporate law, a subject on which she has written numerous national and international publications. Currently, she is connected as visiting professor. Hilde Laga is a member of the Belgian Corporate Governance Committee and served several years as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (former CBFA).