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Board of Directors

Thomas Leysen, 55

Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Thomas Leysen

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. Thomas is also Chairman of Corelio, a Belgian media company. He also serves as Chairman of the King Baudouin Foundation.

Director since:10 May 2000

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Chairman since: 19 November 2008

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

Marc Grynberg, 50

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Marc Grynberg

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

Ines Kolmsee, 45

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Ines Kolmsee

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 as of May 2015. She is also 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

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

Member of the Audit Committee since: 26 April 2011

Chairman of the Audit Committee since: 28 April 2015

Barbara Kux, 59

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Barbara Kux

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.

Director since: 1 January 2014

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

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

Rudi Thomaes, 63

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Rudi Thomaes

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 Chairman of the Belgian Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Restore NV, an Antwerp based energy technology start-up company, and independent director at Armonea NV.

Director since: 24 April 2012

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Member of the Audit Committee since: 30 April 2013

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

Eric Meurice, 59

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Eric Meurice

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. Under his stewardship between 2004 and 2013, ASML achieved a very impressive growth in earnings and shareholder returns and became recognized as an industry leader in innovation. Eric was previously Executive Vice President in charge of Thomson Multimedia TV Division and prior to that he 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. He 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).

Director since: 28 April 2015

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Mark Garrett, 53

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mark Garrett

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 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. He 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 and Webster University.

Director since: 28 April 2015

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2018

Member of the Audit Committee since: 28 April 2015

Jonathan Oppenheimer, 46

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Oppenheimer

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

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2017

Ian Gallienne, 44

Non-Executive Director

Ian Gallienne

Ian Gallienne, of French nationality, is Managing Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL), Umicore’s largest shareholder. He has been a Director of GBL since 2009 and Managing Director since January 2012. Ian began his career in Spain, in 1992, as co-founder of a sales company. From 1995 to 1997, he managed a consulting firm specialising in turning around businesses in France. From 1998 to 2005, he was manager of 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 Managing Director of such funds until 2012. Ian Gallienne is a non-executive director at Lafarge, Imerys, Pernod Ricard and SGS. He has a degree in Management and Administration from the Ecole Supérieure des Dirigeants d’Entreprises (E.S.D.E.) in Paris and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Director since: 28 April 2015

Expiry of mandate: Ordinary General Meeting of 2018


Karel Vinck

Honorary Chairman