Luc Bertrand, Executive director, Chairman EC
Luc Bertrand (°1951, Belgian) is chairman of the executive committee of Ackermans & van Haaren. He graduated in 1974 as a commercial engineer (KU Leuven) and began his career at Bankers Trust, where he held the position of Vice-President and Regional Sales Manager, Northern Europe. He has been with Ackermans & van Haaren since 1986. He holds various mandates as director within and outside the Ackermans & van Haaren group. His mandates include being chairman of the board of directors of DEME, Dredging International, Finaxis, Sofinim and Leasinvest Real Estate, and he is a director at CFE, Sipef, Atenor Group and Groupe Flo. Outside the group, Luc Bertrand holds mandates as director at Schroeders and ING Belgium. Luc Bertrand is also active at the social level and is, among other things, chairman of Guberna (the Belgian Governance Institute), de Duve Institute and Middelheim Promotors, and sits on the boards of several other non-profit organizations and public institutions such as KU Leuven, Institute of Tropical Medicine and Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Luc Bertrand was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 1985.
Tom Bamelis, Member of the executive committee, financial director
Tom Bamelis is CFO and a member of the executive committee at Ackermans & van Haaren. After completing his master's degree in commercial engineering (KU Leuven, 1988), he went on to earn another master's degree in financial management (1991). Tom Bamelis then worked for Touche Ross and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert before joining Ackermans & van Haaren in 1999.
Piet Bevernage, Member of the executive committee, secretary general
Piet Bevernage is secretary general and a member of the executive committee at Ackermans & van Haaren. He earned a master's degree in law (KU Leuven, 1991) and an LLM from the University of Chicago Law School (1992). Piet Bevernage initially worked as a lawyer in the Corporate and M&A Department at Loeff Claeys Verbeke before moving to Ackermans & van Haaren in 1995.
André-Xavier Cooreman, Member of the executive committee
André-Xavier Cooreman is a member of the executive committee at Ackermans & van Haaren since July 2014. After earning a master's degree in law (KU Leuven, 1987), he studied International Relations (Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Campus, 1998) and Tax Management (ULB, 1991). Before joining Ackermans & van Haaren in 1997 through Sofinim, he worked for the International Development Law Institute (Course Assistent, Italy), Shell Group (Legal Counsel, The Netherlands), Fortis Bank (Corporate & Investment Banking), McKinsey (Consultant) and Bank Degroof (Head Public Sector).
Piet Dejonghe, Member of the executive committee
Piet Dejonghe is a member of the executive committee at Ackermans & van Haaren. After earning a master's degree in law (KU Leuven, 1989), he completed a postgraduate in management at KU Leuven (1990) and an MBA at Insead (1993). Before joining Ackermans & van Haaren in 1995 he worked as a lawyer for Loeff Claeys Verbeke and as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group.
Koen Janssen, Member of the executive committee
Koen Janssen is a member of the executive committee at Ackermans & van Haaren. After earning a degree as electromechanical civil engineer at KU Leuven (1993), he completed an MBA at IEFSI (France, 1994). Before joining Sofinim as an investment manager in 2001, he worked for Recticel, ING Investment Banking and ING Private Equity.
Jan Suykens, Member of the executive committee
Jan Suykens is a member of the executive committee at Ackermans & van Haaren. He holds a master's degree in applied economic sciences (UFSIA, 1982) and earned an MBA from Columbia University (1984). Jan Suykens worked for a number of years at Generale Bank in corporate and investment banking before joining Ackermans & van Haaren in 1990.