Board of Directors

Non-Executive Director

Thomas Leysen, 57, Chairman

Thomas Leysen became Chairman of Umicore in November 2008 after having served as Chief Executive Officer of Umicore since 2000. He is Chairman of the board of KBC Group, a banking and insurance group, and Chairman of Corelio, a Belgian media company. He also serves as Chairman of the King Baudouin Foundation.

Director since:
10 May 2000

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Chairman since:
19 November 2008

Chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee since:
19 November 2008

Executive Director

Marc Grynberg, 52, Chief Executive Officer

Marc Grynberg was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Umicore in November 2008. He was head of the Group's Automotive Catalysts business unit from 2006 to 2008 and served as Umicore's CFO from 2000 until 2006. He joined Umicore in 1996 as Group Controller. Marc holds a Commercial Engineering degree from the University of Brussels (Ecole de Commerce Solvay) and, prior to joining Umicore, worked for DuPont de Nemours in Brussels and Geneva.

Director since:
19 November 2008

Expiry of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Chief Executive Officer since:
19 November 2008

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ines Kolmsee, 47

Ines Kolmsee holds several degrees in engineering (TU Berlin, Germany and Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France) as well as an MBA degree (Business School INSEAD – France/Singapore). From 2004 to 2014 she was Chief Executive Officer of SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Group, a specialty chemicals company with operations worldwide. After working as an entrepreneur in the rural electrification sector, she held the position of CTO at EWE AG, a large German utility company from May 2015 until December 2016. She is a member of the Supervisory Board of Suez Environnement S.A. In the past she occupied different positions, including as Chief Financial Officer at Arques Industries AG.

Director since:
26 April 2011

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

Member of the Audit Committee since:
26 April 2011

Chairman of the Audit Committee Committee since:
28 April 2015

Independent Non-Executive Director

Rudi Thomaes, 65

Rudi Thomaes, of Belgian nationality, studied law at the University of Antwerp. From 2004 to 2012 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Belgian employers’ federation (FEB-VBO) and Regent of the National Bank of Belgium. He previously served as Managing Director and Chairman of the management committee of Alcatel Bell NV. He is honorary Chairman of the Belgian Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Restore NV, an Antwerp based energy technology start-up company, and Chairman of Armonea NV.

Director since:
24 April 2012

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee since:
24 April 2012

Independent Non-Executive Director

Eric Meurice, 60

Eric Meurice, of French nationality, was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Dutch-based ASML Holding, a major provider of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. Mr Meurice was previously Executive Vice President in charge of Thomson Multimedia TV Division and prior to that held senior positions in several technology groups such as Intel, ITT and Dell Computer. He is a non-executive director of NXP Semiconductors and of IPG Photonics. Mr Meurice holds Master’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from the Sorbonne and Ecole Centrale de Paris (France) respectively and an MBA from Stanford (US). He would exercise a mandate as Independent Non-Executive Director.

Director since:
28 April 2015

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Garrett, 54

Mark Garrett, of dual Australian / Swiss nationality, graduated in Economics and Systems Analysis from the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology respectively. He has enjoyed a long career in the chemical industry working with well-known companies such as Ciba-Geigy and DuPont. Since 2007, Mark Garrett is CEO and Chairman of the Borealis Executive Board. Borealis is an Austrian based leading provider of innovative solutions in the field of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. Mark Garrett is also a member of the Board of Directors / Supervisory Board of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd. (Borouge ADP, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), NOVA Chemicals, Axalta Coating Systems and Webster University.

Director since:
28 April 2015

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee since:
25 April 2017

Member of the Audit Committee since:
25 April 2017

Independent Non-Executive Director

Françoise Chombar, 55,

Françoise Chombar, of Belgian nationality, is co-founder, CEO and Director of Melexis. Melexis is a producer of innovative micro-electronic solutions, more in particular advanced mixed signal semiconductor sensor and actuator components. Before starting at Melexis, Françoise Chombar worked for Elmos GmbH, a German semiconductor vendor, where she was responsible for Production Planning and Customer Service. She also worked for the Elex group, where she had different functions such as Purchasing Officer. She is equally president of the STEM platform, an advisory board to the Flemish government, aiming to encourage young people to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics education.  She was a mentor to the SOFIA Women’s Network for 17 years, a coaching, networking and educational program for women active in the profit sector.  Ms Chombar has a Master’s Degree in interpreting (Dutch, English and Spanish) from Ghent University, where she received an Honorary Ambassadorship for Applied Language Studies in January 2012.

Director since:
26 April 2016

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2019

Independent Non-Executive Director

Liat Ben-Zur, 41

Liat Ben-Zur, of US nationality, is Senior Vice President and Digital Technology Leader at Royal Philips where she is responsible for driving the connectivity & digital strategy across the company. In this capacity, she has reshaped the innovation process at Philips to ensure the interoperability of healthcare products, reuse of common software, and led an organisation that develops Internet of Things (IoT) partnerships and solutions for Philips’ businesses. Prior to joining Philips in 2014, she had occupied a number of leadership positions at the US wireless telecommunications company Qualcomm. Between 2013 and 2014, Liat Ben-Zur was co-founder and Chairwoman of AllSeen Alliance, a cross industry consortium to advance an open source, common language for the Internet of Things. Liat Ben-Zur holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of California Davis and a master’s in business administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Director since:
25 April 2017

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2020

Non-Executive Director

Colin Hall, 47

Colin Hall, of American nationality, is currently the Head of Investments at Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL). Mr. Hall began his career in 1995 in the merchant banking group of Morgan Stanley. In 1997, he joined Rhône Group, a private equity firm, where he held various positions for 10 years in New York and London. In 2009, he was the co-founder of a hedge fund, sponsored by Tiger Management, where he worked until 2011. In 2012 he became CEO of Sienna Capital, a 100% subsidiary of GBL, which manages GBL’s alternative investments (private equity, credit and specific thematic funds). In 2016, Mr. Hall was appointed Head of Investments at GBL. He holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr Hall also serves as a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Imerys; Director of the Supervisory Board of the credit fund Kartesia Management; and a Director of Ergon Capital Partners.

Director since:
26 April 2016

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2019

Member of the Audit Committee since:
25 April 2017

Non-Executive Director

Gérard Lamarche, 56

Gérard Lamarche, of Belgian nationality, is Co-CEO of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL). He has been Co-CEO of GBL since 2012 and over the past five years has overseen the transformation of the company’s investment strategy and portfolio. He began his career in 1983 with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Belgium. In 1988, he joined Société Générale de Belgique as an Investment Manager and was promoted to Controller in 1989 before becoming Advisor to the Strategy and Planning Department in 1992. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Secretary of the Executive Committee of Suez and was later appointed Senior Vice President in charge of Planning, Control and Accounting. In 2000, he joined NALCO (the US subsidiary of the Suez Group) as General Managing Director. He was appointed CFO of the Suez Group in 2003. Gérard Lamarche is Director of LafargeHolcim, Total, and SGS. He is a graduate in Economic Sciences from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and the INSEAD Business School (Advanced Management Program for Suez Group Executives).

Director since:
25 April 2017

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2020

Honorary Chairman

Karel Vinck

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