Board of Directors

Non-Executive Director

Thomas Leysen, 56, 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, 51, 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, 46

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 joined EWE AG, a large German utility company as CTO until December 2016. In the past she also occupied different positions, including as Chief Financial Officer at Arques Industries AG. Currently she is a member of the Supervisory Board of Suez Environnement S.A.

Director since:
26 April 2011

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

Member of the Audit Committee since:
26 April 2011

Independent Non-Executive Director

Barbara Kux, 62

Barbara Kux holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. She serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Engie and Total in France, as well as of Firmenich and Pargesa Holding in Switzerland. In addition, she is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Henkel, Germany. She was a member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG with the responsibility for a major improvement in supply chain management and sustainability. Prior to that, she held management positions in leading global companies and was a Management Consultant at McKinsey. She is a member of the Advisory Board of INSEAD. In 2016 she has been appointed by the European Commission to the newly established high-level Decarbonisation Pathways Panel.

Director since:
1 January 2014

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee since:
1 January 2014

Independent Non-Executive Director

Rudi Thomaes, 64

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 and Remuneration Committee since:
24 April 2012

Member of the Audit Committee since:
30 April 2013

Independent Non-Executive Director

Eric Meurice, 59

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, 53

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

Independent Non-Executive Director

Françoise Chombar, 54,

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

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Oppenheimer, 47

Jonathan Oppenheimer has responsibility for various Oppenheimer Family investment activities across different asset classes. Within the group he chairs Tana Africa Capital, an Africa-focused joint venture with Temasek, and sits on a number of other boards. He is primarily focused on the direct investment activities of the group in Africa. Jonathan was an Executive Director of De Beers S.A. from 2006- 2012, working in a variety of roles.

Director since:
5 September 2001

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

Non-Executive Director

Ian Gallienne, 45

Ian Gallienne, of French nationality, is Co-CEO of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL), Umicore’s largest shareholder. He has been a Director of GBL since 2009 and Co-CEO since January 2012. Mr Gallienne began his career in Spain, in 1992, as co-founder of a commercial company. From 1995 to 1997, he managed a consulting firm specialized in the reorganization of ailing companies in France. From 1998 to 2005, he was Director at the private equity funds Rhône Capital LLC in New York and London. In 2005 he founded the private equity funds Ergon Capital Partners in Brussels and was its Managing Director of such funds until 2012. Mr Gallienne is a Non-Executive Director at Lafarge, adidas, Imerys, Pernod Ricard and SGS. He holds a MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. As representative of a stable shareholder, he exercises his mandate as Non-Executive Director.

Director since:
28 April 2015

Expiration of mandate:
Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Non-Executive Director

Colin Hall, 46

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

Honorary Chairman

Karel Vinck

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