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Luc Bertrand

Chairman, non-executive director

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Short biography

Luc Bertrand, Chairman, non-executive director

Luc Bertrand (°1951, Belgian) is chairman of the board of directors of Ackermans & van Haaren. He graduated in 1974 as a commercial engineer (KU Leuven). He began his career with at Bankers Trust, as Vice-President and Regional Sales Manager, Northern Europe. He has been with Ackermans & van Haaren since 1986. Chairman of the board of directors of DEME, CFE and Sipef; Director at Delen Private Bank, Bank J.Van Breda & Co and Atenor Group; Mandates as director at ING Belgium. Chairman of de Duve Institute and Middelheim Promotors. Member of the board of several other non-profit organizations and public institutions such as KU Leuven, Voka, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Museum Mayer van den Bergh and Europalia. Luc Bertrand was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 1985 and he was chairman of the executive committee from 1990 to 2016.

 

Alexia Bertrand

Non-executive director

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Alexia Bertrand, Non-executive director

Alexia Bertrand (born 1979, Belgian) took a master’s degree in law at the Université Catholique de Louvain (2002) and obtained a Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School (2005). She works as an adviser at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2012, and was appointed chef de cabinet for general policy on October 1, 2015. She regularly teaches courses in negotiation techniques. From 2002 to 2012, she worked as a lawyer specializing in financial and company law (with Clifford Chance and later with Linklaters). For part of that time, she was teaching assistant at het Law Faculty of the Université Catholique de Louvain and research assistant at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Alexia Bertrand was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 2013.

 

 

Marion Debruyne

Independent non-executive director

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Marion Debruyne, Independent non-executive director

Professor Marion Debruyne (°1972, Belgian) holds a degree in civil engineering (1995) and a doctorate degree from the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences (2002), both at Ghent University. She lectured at Wharton School, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Goizueta Business School, all in the USA. Marion Debruyne is currently dean of Vlerick Business School. Her fields of expertise include innovation management, marketing & sales, and strategy.

 

Jacques Delen

Non-executive director

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Jacques Delen, Non-executive director

Jacques Delen (°1949, Belgian) completed his studies as a stockbroker in 1976. He is chairman of the board of directors of Delen Private Bank since July 1, 2014. He is director with the listed agro-industrial group Sipef and with Bank J.Van Breda & C°. Jacques Delen was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 1992 and was chairman of the board of directors from 2011 to 2016.

 

Pierre Macharis

Non-executive director

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Pierre Macharis, Non-executive director

Pierre Macharis (°1962, Belgian) completed a master's degree in commercial and financial sciences (1986) and also earned a degree in industrial engineering with a specialisation in automation (1983). He is currently CEO and chairman of the executive committee of VPK Packaging Group, a vertically integrated packaging group headquartered in Belgium. Pierre Macharis is also chairman of Cobelpa, the Association of Belgian Pulp, Paper and Boards Industries, and is a director at CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries. Member of the board of directors and of the executive committee of FEB. Pierre Macharis was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 2004 and is chairman of the remuneration committee since 2011.

 

Julien Pestiaux

Independent, non-executive director

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Julien Pestiaux, Independent, non-executive director

Julien Pestiaux (°1979, Belgian)graduated in 2003 as electromechanical civil engineer (specialization energy) at the Université Catholique de Louvain and also obtained a master's degree in engineering management at Cornell University (USA). Julien Pestiaux specializes in energy and climate themes and is partner at Climact, a company that advises on these topics. In 2013, he finalized a strategic plan for sustainable energy in Belgium for the federal government, in cooperation with the Department for Energy and Climate Change in the UK. Before that, he worked for five years as a consultant and project leader at McKinsey & C°. Julien Pestiaux was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 2011 and is a member of the audit committee.

 

 

Thierry van Baren

Independent, non-executive director

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Thierry van Baren, Independent, non-executive director

Thierry van Baren (°1967, Franch/ Dutch) holds a master's degree and teaching qualification in philosophy as well as an MBA from Solvay Business School. He is currently an independent consultant. Thierry van Baren was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 2006. He is a member of the audit committee and of the remuneration committee.

 

Frederic van Haaren

Non-Executive Director

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Frederic van Haaren, Non-Executive Director

Frederic van Haaren (°1960, Belgian) is an independent entrepreneur and Alderman of the municipality of Kapellen. He is also active as a director for various companies and associations: director at water-link and at Koepel van Vlaamse Bosgroepen, chairman of the non-profit organization Consultatiebureau voor het Jonge Kind in Kapellen, of Zonnekind primary school in Kalmthout and of Bosgroepen Antwerpen Noord, as well as member of the police council of the police zone Noord. Frederic van Haaren was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 1993.

 

Pierre Willaert

Non-executive director

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Pierre Willaert, Non-executive director

Pierre Willaert (°1959, Belgian)holds a master's degree in commercial and financial sciences and obtained the degree of the Belgian Association of Financial Analists (ABAF-BVFA), of which he is still a member. He worked for many years as a financial analyst at Bank Puilaetco and covered the main sectors represented on the Belgian stock exchange. Later he became responsible for the institutional management department. Pierre Willaert was a managing partner and member of the audit committee at Bank Puilaetco until 2004 and is a director at Tein Technology, a Brussels based ICT company specializing in, among other things, video surveillance. Pierre Willaert was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 1998 and has been chairman of the audit committee since 2004.

 

 

 

Specific committees

Audit committee Pierre Willaert
Julien Pestiaux
Thierry van Baren
President
Remuneration committee Pierre Macharis
Julien Pestiaux
Thierry van Baren
President
Nomination committee All members of the board of directors       

The board of directors is of the opinion that its limited size (10 members) does not impede efficient deliberation and decisionmaking and that the board of directors as a whole is better able to evaluate the size, composition and succession planning of a.o. the board of directors.

 

Special reports

  • Special report of the board of directors dated August 23, 2011, prepared in accordance with art. 604 of the Company Code (authorized capital). (The document is only available in Dutch).
  • Special report of the board of directors dated October 10, 2017, prepared in accordance with art. 604 of the Company Code (authorized capital). (The document is only available in Dutch).