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
Jo Cornu, Permanent representative of Mercodi BVBA – Director of companies
Hilde Laga, Director of companies (independent director)
Mark Pensaert, Permanent representative of MRP Consulting BVBA (independent director)
Viviane Reding, Director of companies (independent director)
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. 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.
Julien De Wilde joined Agfa-Gevaert’s Board of Directors in 2006. In April 2008, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Jo Cornu (°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 Board of Alcatel NV and from 1995 to 1999 he was COO for Alcatel Telecom. Later he became an advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alcatel. From 2005 to 2007, Jo Cornu was Chairman of the ISTAG Group (Information Society Technologies Advisory Group) of the European Commission. From the beginning of March 2007 to the end of January 2008, he was Chairman of Medea +, the Eureka Cluster for micro electronics research in Europe.
From December 2012 until November 2013, he was chairman of the Board of Directors of Electrawinds SE. From November 2013 to March 2017 he was CEO of the NMBS, the National Belgian Railway Company.
Jo Cornu joined the Agfa-Gevaert Board of Directors in 2002. At the end of November 2007, Jo Cornu was appointed CEO of Agfa-Gevaert. He resigned as CEO as from May 1, 2010.
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).
Hilde Laga joined the Agfa-Gevaert Board of Directors in 2015.
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.
Mark Pensaert joined the Agfa-Gevaert Board of Directors in 2018.
Viviane Reding (°1951 – Luxembourger) obtained a PhD degree (University Sorbonne, Paris) after which she acted as a professional journalist during twenty years. In 1999, having served ten years in the Luxembourg Parliament and ten years in the European Parliament, she became the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. In 2004, she became EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media. In that period, she was instrumental in the reform of the European telecom sector, opening the internal market to competition, as well as in the reform of the European research area, reinforcing the technological research platforms. In 2010, she became the first Vice-President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.
Viviane Reding joined the Agfa-Gevaert Board of Directors in 2015.
Christian Reinaudo (°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 enters 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) where he stayed 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 came back 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 and he joined the Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent (Belgium). Early 2008, he joined Agfa-Gevaert to be President of Agfa HealthCare.
Christian Reinaudo joined the Agfa-Gevaert Board of Directors in 2010. As from May 1, 2010, he is CEO of Agfa-Gevaert.
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.