Board of Directors

Non-Executive Director

Thomas Leysen, 58, Chairman

Thomas Leysen became Chairman of Umicore in November 2008 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Umicore since 2000. He has been Chairman of the board of KBC, a banking and insurance group, since October 2011.

Director since:
10 May 2000

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2021

Chairman since:
19 November 2008

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

Executive Director

Marc Grynberg, 53, Chief Executive Officer

Marc Grynberg was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Umicore in November 2008 after heading the Automotive Catalysts business unit from 2006 to 2008, and serving as CFO of Umicore from 2000 until 2006. He joined Umicore in 1996 as Group Controller. Prior to joining Umicore, Marc worked for DuPont de Nemours in Brussels and Geneva. He holds a Commercial Engineering degree from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

Director since:
19 November 2008

Expiry of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2021

Chief Executive Officer since:
19 November 2008

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ines Kolmsee, 48

Ines Kolmsee has been Chief Executive Officer of Services & Solutions at Aperam since October 2017. She previously served as CEO of SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Group, a specialty chemicals company with operations worldwide, COO and CTO at German utility EWE AG and CFO at Arques Industries AG. Ines holds a Master’s degrees in Process and Energy Engineering and in industrial Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin and Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de St Etienne, respectively, and a Master of Business Administration from the INSEAD Business School.

Director since:
26 April 2011

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2020

Member of the Audit Committee since:
26 April 2011

Chairman of the Audit Committee since:
28 April 2015

Independent Non-Executive Director

Eric Meurice, 61

Eric Meurice was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Netherlands-based ASML Holding, a major provider of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. He was previously EVP in charge of Thomson Multimedia TV Division and held senior positions in several technology groups such as Intel, ITT, and Dell Computer. He holds Master’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from the Sorbonne and Ecole Centrale de Paris, respectively, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Director since:
28 April 2015

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2021

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Garrett, 55

Mark Garrett has been Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Borealis AG Executive Board since 2007, a leading provider of innovative polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, based in Austria. Prior to joining Borealis, he built an extensive career in the chemical industry working with companies such as Ciba-Geigy and DuPont. Mark graduated in Economics and Applied Information Systems from the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, respectively.

Director since:
28 April 2015

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2021

Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee since:
29 July 2017

Independent Non-Executive Director

Françoise Chombar, 56,

Françoise Chombar is co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Melexis, a producer of integrated semiconductor sensor, driver and communication circuits for automotive applications. She served previously as planning manager at Elmos GmbH and operations manager and director at several companies within the Elex group. Françoise was a mentor in the Belgian women’s network Sofia for 17 years and is committed to STEM and gender balance
advocacy. She holds a Master’s degree in Dutch, English and Spanish Interpretation and an Honorary Ambassadorship for Applied Language Studies from Ghent University.

Director since:
26 April 2016

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2019

Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee since:
26 April 2018

Independent Non-Executive Director

Liat Ben-Zur, 42

Liat Ben-Zur is Senior Vice President and Digital Technology Leader at Royal Philips where she is responsible for driving the connectivity and digital strategy. Prior to joining Philips in 2014, she served in several leadership positions at Qualcomm, a US wireless telecommunications company, and was co-founder and Chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance, a consortium for an open source, common language for the Internet of Things. Liat holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of California Davis and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Director since:
25 April 2017

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2020

Independent Non-Executive Director

Koenraad Debackere , 57

Prof. Dr. Ir. Koenraad Debackere has been with K.U. Leuven since 1995, where he teaches Technology and Innovation Management and Policy. He obtained his PhD in Management at the University of Gent after stays as fellow and research assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was a post-doctoral fellow at MIT in 1991-92, He has won numerous awards for his research and for scientific excellence, and in 2010 was awarded a Francqui lecture chair in economics and business.

Director since:
26 April 2018

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2021

Member of the Audit Committee since:
26 April 2018

Non-Executive Director

Colin Hall, 48

Colin Hall has been the Head of Investments at Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) since 2016. He built an extensive career, starting in the merchant banking group of Morgan Stanley, then in New York and London at the Rhône Group, a private equity firm, and later co-founding a hedge fund sponsored by Tiger Management. In 2012, he became CEO of Sienna Capital, a 100% subsidiary of GBL that manages alternative investments (private equity, credit and specific thematic funds). Colin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Director since:
26 April 2016

Expiration of mandate:
Annual General Meeting of 2019

Member of the Audit Committee since:
29 July 2017

Non-Executive Director

Gérard Lamarche, 57

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 six 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:
Annual General Meeting of 2020

Honorary Chairman

Karel Vinck