Board of Directors
Thomas Leysen, 53, Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Thomas Leysen became Chairman of Umicore in November 2008 after having served as Chief Executive Officer of Umicore since 2000. Since October 2011 he is Chairman of the board of KBC Group, a banking and insurance group. He is also Chairman of Corelio, a Belgian media company, and a member of the supervisory Board of Bank Metzler, Germany.
Director since: 10 May 2000
Marc Grynberg, 48, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
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
Independent Non-Executive Directors
Uwe-Ernst Bufe, 69
Uwe-Ernst Bufe was CEO of Degussa until May 2000. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Akzo Nobel N.V. (Netherlands).
Director since: 26 May 2004
Ines Kolmsee, 44
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). Since 2004 she has been CEO of SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Group, a specialty chemicals company with operations worldwide. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Fuchs Petrolub AG. In the past she occupied different positions, including as CFO at Arques Industries AG.
Director since: 26 April 2011
Barbara Kux, 60
Barbara Kux holds a MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. She serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Total S.A., France, and of the Supervisory Board of Henkel, Germany. She was a member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG, where she was Head of Supply Chain Management and Chief Sustainability Officer. Prior to that, she held management positions in leading global companies and was a Management Consultant at McKinsey.
Director since: 1 January 2014
Shohei Naito, 70
Shohei Naito started his career at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the Ministry he served as Director General for Consular Affairs & Migration and as Chief of Protocol. Mr Naito has filled several diplomatic functions overseas and he was appointed as ambassador in 1996. Since that date he has served as Japan’s ambassador to Cambodia, Denmark concurrently with Lithuania and Belgium. He left the diplomatic service at the end of 2006.
Director since: 25 April 2007
Rudi Thomaes, 61
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 currently Secretary General of the Belgian Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Beheersmaatschappij Antwerpen Mobiel (BAMNV), Chairman of Restore NV, an Antwerp based energy technology start-up company, and independent director at Armonea NV.
Director since: 24 April 2012
Isabelle Bouillot, 64
Isabelle Bouillot holds a diploma of the French “National School of Administration”. She has occupied different positions in French public administrations, among them economic advisor for the President of the Republic between 1989 and 1991 and Budget Director at the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 1991 and 1995. She joined the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 1995 and was in charge of financial and banking activities. Between 2000 and 2003, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Bank of the Group CDC IXIS. She is presently President of China Equity Links and a member of the board of Saint-Gobain and Air France.
Director since: 14 April 2004
Arnoud de Pret, 69
Arnoud de Pret was with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York from 1972 until 1978. From 1978 until 1981 he was group treasurer of Cockerill-Sambre, and until 1990 he was group finance manager and member of the Executive Committee of UCB. He was Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Umicore from 1991 until May 2000. He is a member of the Board of Sibelco, UCB and L’Intégrale. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Euronext N.V.
Director since: 10 May 2000
Jonathan Oppenheimer, 44
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 was an Executive Director of De Beers S.A. from 2006- 2012 where he held a number of different roles.
Director since: 5 September 2001
Klaus Wendel, 70
Klaus Wendel, after a career in financial management with General Electric (USA), Siemens, Cockerill Sambre and CBR, joined Société Générale de Belgique in 1988 as member of the Executive Committee, responsible for group control. Since 2000 he has been an independent consultant.
Director since: 28 December 1989
Related to the Agenda item 7 of the Ordinary General Meeting of 29 April 2014: Umicore has been considering candidate(s) for position(s) as independent Board members in recent months. Pending the identification and nomination of such candidate(s) Umicore proposes to seek the re-election of two non-independent directors for a shortened mandate of one year (Messrs Bufe and de Pret). Umicore believes that retaining a Board of nine directors and re-appointing these two experienced directors on a shortened mandate is in the best interests of the company and that that the independence of the Board is in no way compromised by such a temporary step. The Nomination & Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee will retain their existing proportion of independent directors.