25 March 2016
Notice of ordinary shareholders’ meeting - Two candidates nominated to join Umicore’s Board of Directors
Umicore invites its shareholders to the ordinary shareholders’ meeting which will be held on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 17:00 at its registered office in Brussels.
Please click the following link for more details regarding the agenda, the admission conditions and voting modes for this shareholders’ meeting: http://www.umicore.com/en/investors/shareholder-meetings/
Two new candidates are being proposed for election to Umicore’s Board of Directors and will be presented for approval at the ordinary shareholders’ meeting. If the nominations are approved, Umicore’s Board would consist of 11 members, 6 of whom would be Independent Directors.
The candidates are:
Françoise Chombar, who is 53 and of Belgian nationality, is co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Melexis, a producer of integrated semiconductor sensor, driver and communication circuits for automotive applications. During her tenure as CEO she has developed Melexis into a world leader in its field and more than trebled profitability. Prior to assuming her role at Melexis she served as planning manager at Elmos GmbH (Germany) from 1986 to 1989. From 1989 she served as operations manager and director at several companies within the Elex group. She holds a master’s degree as Interpreter in Dutch, English and Spanish from the University of Ghent. Ms Chombar is a Board member of the ISEN Higher Education College for Engineers, a member of the STEM Advisory Board to the Flemish Government, a member of Women on Board and mentor in the women's network Sofia.
Colin Hall, 45 years old and 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; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the credit fund Kartesia Management; and a Director of Ergon Capital Partners.
Thomas Leysen, Chairman of the Board, commented: "I am delighted that Françoise and Colin have accepted to be candidates for election to Umicore’s Board of Directors. Their backgrounds and skills will add further to the strength and diversity of Umicore’s Board and I know that the other Board members are looking forward to working with them.”