The Board of Directors
As provided for in the 1991 law, the Board of Directors is composed of members appointed by the Belgian State in proportion to its shareholding, with the remaining seats appointed by a separate vote among the other shareholders.
(1) appointed by the Belgian State (2) independant
Mrs. Dominique Leroy has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2014 and presides over the Executive Committee of Proximus. She joined Belgacom as Vice President of Sales for the Consumer Business Unit in October 2011 and was appointed Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business Unit of Proximus in June 2012.
Prior to Proximus, Mrs. Leroy worked for 24 years at Unilever. She was Managing Director of Unilever Belux and member of Unilever’s Benelux Management Committee. She previously held various positions in marketing, finance and customer development.
Mrs. Leroy is a member of the boards of BICS, Be-Mobile, Proximus Art and is an independent board member at Lotus Bakeries and Ahold Delhaize.
Mrs. Leroy holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School.
Stefaan De Clerck
Mr. Stefaan De Clerck has been Chairman of the Proximus Board of Directors since 20 September 2013. He served as a Member of the Belgian Parliament from October 1990 until October 2013. From June 1995 until April 1998 and from December 2008 until December 2011 he was the Belgian Minister of Justice.
He was the Mayor of the city of Kortrijk (Belgium) from January 2001 until end-December 2012. Mr. De Clerck holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Karel De Gucht
Mr Karel De Gucht was European Commissioner for Trade from February 2010 until 31 October 2014. Previously he served as Belgium’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2009, Deputy Prime Minister from 2008 to 2009 and as European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response from 2009 to 2010.
From 1999 until 2004 he was President of VLD, the Flemish Liberal Party. Mr. De Gucht is Professor of law at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and President of IES, The Institute of European Studies (VUB). He is a member of the Advisory Board of CVC Capital and serves on the Board of Merit Capital.
Until 31 August 2015, Mr. Pierre Demuelenaere was President and CEO of I.R.I.S. (Image Recognition Integrated Systems), a company he co-founded in 1987 to commercialize the results of his PhD.
Mr. Demuelenaere has more than 30 years of experience in Imaging and Artificial Intelligence. He has accumulated solid experience in technology company management, R&D management and setting up international partnerships with US and Asian companies (HP, Kodak, Adobe, Fujitsu, Samsung, Canon, etc.).
Throughout the years, he remained very involved in defining the R&D vision of I.R.I.S and contributed to the development of new technologies, new products and the filing of a number of patents.
Mr. Demuelenaere received the “2001 Manager of the Year” award and I.R.I.S. the "2002 Company of the Year" award. In 2008, Data News elected him as ICT personality of the year. He is also a member of the board of directors of Pairi Daiza, BSB and Guberna and served for seven years as a director on the board of BSB, an insurance and banking software company.
In 2013, Pierre Demuelenaere successfully negotiated the acquisition of I.R.I.S. Group by Canon. The company has now become a member of the Canon Group.
Mr. Demuelenaere holds a Civil Engineering degree in Microelectronics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and received his PhD in Applied Sciences in 1987.
Guido J.M. Demuynck
Until December 2010, Mr. Demuynck was CEO of Liquavista. Before that, he held various positions within Royal Philips Electronics NV from 1976 until 2002. Amongst others, he was Vice President Marketing Audio in the USA, CEO of Philips in South Korea, General Manager Line of Business Portable Audio in Hong Kong, and CEO Group Audio in Hong Kong.
In 2000, he became CEO Product Division Consumer Electronics in Amsterdam and member of the Group Management Committee of Philips.
In 2003, Mr. Demuynck joined Royal KPN where he became member of the Board of Management and CEO of the Mobile Division (KPN Mobiel Netherlands; Base Belgium, E-Plus Germany). Until July 2008, he was CEO of Kroymans Corporation BV in the Netherlands. Mr. Demuynck has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of TomTom since June 2005.
In addition, he has been a board member of Teleplan International N.V. since May 2011, of Divitel BV and Aito BV since January 2012 and of Wizz Air Holding Plc since March 2014. He holds a degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and a degree in Marketing from the University of Ghent (R.U.G).
Martin De Prycker
Mr.De Prycker is a managing partner of the Qbic Fund, an inter-university fund of 41 million euro, supporting university spin-off companies in Belgium.
Mr. De Prycker was CEO of Barco between 2002 and 2009. Under his leadership he focused on, and made the company grow in, markets using displays such as the medical, digital cinema, control and airline industry, and spinning off the non-core product lines such as graphics, textile and subcontracting.
Prior to that, he was CTO and member of the Executive Committee of Alcatel-Lucent. Before becoming CTO of Alcatel-Lucent, Mr. De Prycker was responsible for establishing the company's worldwide market leadership in the broadband access market. Under his leadership, ADSL was transformed from a research project into a multi-billion dollar business for Alcatel-Lucent.
Between 2009 and 2013 Mr. De Prycker was CEO of Caliopa, a startup in silicon photonics, allowing the transport of hundreds of Gbps on optical fiber; Caliopa was acquired by Huawei in 2013.
He is also a member of the board of directors of several companies, including EVS, Newtec, Sentiance, Anteryon and Venture Spirit.
Mr. De Prycker holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences, a Master of Science in Electronics from the University of Ghent, as well as an MBA from the University of Antwerp.
Mrs. Durez served as Chief Financial and Accounting Officer at bpost until January 2006, when she became Chairman of the Board, a position she held until June 2014. She is a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Ethias DC.
Mrs. Durez was also Professor of Financial Management and Analysis at the University of Mons-Hainaut until 2000. She has also served as a member of the High Council of Corporate Auditors and the Committee of Accounting Standards and as a special emissary at the Cabinet for Communication and State Companies.
She has been a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium (Technology and Society Action) since 2010. She served as a regent of the National Bank of Belgium. Mrs. Durez graduated as a Commercial Engineer and holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Brussels (ULB).
A 'magna cum laude' graduate in Economics at UCL (Brussels, Belgium), Mr. Levaux began his career at the age of 22 at the head of a small struggling company in Liège, at the time employing some 100 people. Four years later the company was turned around, developed, and was merged with a large international group.
He next obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago (1985) before going to work for McKinsey & Co, where he spent some 10 years, the last four as a partner, undertaking strategic and restructuring assignments throughout Europe.
In 1995 he joined the Executive Committee of Belgian steel group Cockerill-Sambre as head of its non-steel subsidiaries, in particular CMI, a loss-making company, where he was CEO. When he left CMI in February 2003, it was a debt-free, growing and profitable engineering and maintenance Group.
In March 2003, Mr. Levaux became CEO of ABX Logistics, a multinational logistics group, operating in over 30 countries and headquartered in Belgium. It was a company which had suffered heavy losses since its creation in 1998.
Since 2003, the results have been constantly improved to reach a level that is among the industry’s best. In October 2008, ABX Logistics merged with the Danish Group DSV, quoted in Copenhagen.
Since October 2008, Mr. Levaux has been Chairman and CEO of Aviapartner.
Headquartered in Brussels, Aviapartner is a leading player in ground-handling services for passengers in 38 European airports.
Mrs. Tanuja Randery is President for UK & Ireland for Schneider Electric, the global energy management and automation firm, since February 2015. Prior to Schneider, she spent 10+ years in Telecommunications and Managed Services at Colt Technology Services, a leading pan-european telecoms provider, and most recently at BT Global Services, a €7.0Bn business, as President of Strategy & Transformation. While at Colt, Ms. Randery led Strategy, Global Accounts, and was also Managing Director of the Benelux business during 2006-2008. Prior to joining Colt, she led the Strategy function at EMC Corporation in Massachusetts, USA and was instrumental in a number of key software acquisitions.
She started her career at McKinsey, the global strategy consulting firm where she spent 7 years specializing in technology and telecoms growth strategy serving leading global companies.
Mrs. Tanuja Randery graduated from Boston University with an MBA and has an undergraduate degree in Economics.
Mrs. Isabelle Santens is President and CEO of Andres NV, a Belgian fashion company that designs, produces and distributes the ladies clothing brands Xandres, Xandresxline and Hampton Bays.
After studying geography and economics at the KUL, she joined Andres in 1985, became Director of Design and was named CEO in 2000. She turned the company from a mere production-oriented facility into a sales and marketing-driven company with a focus on building strong brands and opening pilot stores. She is also a board member in several cultural institutions.
Mrs. Touraine is CEO of Act III Consultants, a management consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation. Previously, Mrs. Touraine served as Chairman and CEO of Vivendi-Universal Publishing, a $4.7 billion company, after having spent 10 years with the Lagardère Group as Head of Strategy and CEO of the mass market division and five years with McKinsey.
She graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and Columbia University (MBA). She sits on the boards of Darty Plc and Neopost SA, as well as on those of non-profit organizations such as The French-American Foundation, The Women’s Forum and IDATE. Since May 2014 she has been Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of IFA (French Governance Institute).
Mrs. Vandenborre is Chief Financial Officer at Elia. Previously, she was a member of the executive committee of APX-ENDEX, an Anglo-Dutch gas and electricity exchange based in Amsterdam, and CEO of Belpex. She began her career at Coopers & Lybrand as an auditor.
Mrs. Vandenborre is member of various boards, including Contassur, an insurance company, and Powernext, a French power exchange.
She holds a degree in Business Economics from the UCL as well as degrees in Tax Law and Financial Risk Management.
Luc Van den hove
Mr. Luc Van den hove is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of imec since July 1, 2009. Before holding this position he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined imec in 1984, starting his research career in the field of silicide and interconnect technologies. In 1988, he became manager of imec’s micro-patterning group (lithography, dry etching); in 1996, Department Director of Unit Process Step R&D; and in 1998, Vice-President of the Silicon Process and Device Technology Division. In January 2007, he was appointed as imec's Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Under his guidance imec has grown to an organization with a staff of around 2400 people, operating with an annual budget of around 415M€ (2015) and with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, US, Japan, Taiwan, China and India.
Currently, Mr. Luc Van den hove is also professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Leuven. He is also a member of the Technology Strategy Committee of ASML.
He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and conference contributions. He is a frequently solicited speaker on technology trends and applications for nano-electronics at major top conferences. He has presented more than 50 key note presentations.
Mr. Luc Van den hove received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Paul Van de Perre
Mr. Van de Perre is co-founder of GIMV (a Venture Capital Firm listed on Euronext) and was formerly a director of Sidmar (Arcelor-Mittal), Thomassen Drijver Verblifa Belgium, Sunparks (a division of Sunair) and other companies.
He is currently director of Greenbridge Incubator (University of Ghent), Scientific Investment Board (University of Brussels), President of the Board of Directors of CityDepot (a subsidiary of bpost) and member of the Investment Committee of Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen (PMV).
Mr. Van de Perre is CEO of Five Financial Solutions (corporate finance) and Managing Director of Caesar Real Estate Fund (real estate finance). He holds a Master's degree in Economics and several postgraduate degrees.