Commercial Engineering – Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management, Belgium
Marc Grynberg was appointed Chief Executive Officer 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.
Applied Economics – Ghent University, Belgium Financial Management – Vlerick Management School, Belgium
Filip Platteeuw was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2012. He joined Umicore in 2004 and served as VP Corporate Development from 2010 to 2012 and was instrumental in streamlining the business portfolio, including the divestment of the copper and zinc smelting operations. Prior to Umicore, Filip worked for KBC Bank, taking up positions in corporate banking, equity market research and investment banking.
PhD in Material Science and Electrical Engineering – KU Leuven, Belgium
An Steegen joined Umicore and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in October 2018, after serving as Executive Vice President Semiconductor Technology and System R&D at imec, a leading research center with a focus on nanoelectronics and digital technology innovation.
Prior to joining imec in 2010, An worked at IBM’s Semiconductor Research & Development center in Fishkill, NY and in the last several years of service at IBM, was in charge of the bulk CMOS technology development.
Master of Laws – University of Chicago Law School, USA European Economic Law – Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany Law – KU Leuven, Belgium
Géraldine Nolens was appointed Chief Counsel for the Group in 2009 and joined the Management Board in 2015.
She started her career at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton before joining GDF Suez (now Engie) in 2001, where she was Electrabel’s Chief Legal Officer for Southern Europe, France and new European markets. Géraldine’s career includes periods working and living in the US, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
Mining Engineering – Université de Liège, Belgium
Denis was appointed Executive Vice-President Energy & Surface Technologies in 2018. He will take up the position of Executive Vice-President Recycling as of 1 April 2021. Previously he served as Chief Technology Officer from 2010 to September 2018 and EVP for Precious Metals Refining from 2015 to 2018.
Prior to that, he occupied successive business line and country management functions in China and Japan. Denis began his career at Umicore with Research & Development in Olen, before moving to what was then our Cobalt & Energy Products Business Unit.
Economics – UC Louvain, Belgium Chinese/Mandarin – Fudan University Shanghai, China
Stephan Csoma was appointed Executive Vice-President Recycling in 2015, serving through March 31 2021. He served as EVP of the former Performance Materials from 2012 to 2015, SVP Government Affairs from 2009 to 2012, and SVP South America from 2005 to 2009.
Stephan joined Umicore in 1992 and set up Umicore’s first industrial operations in China in the mid-1990s and went on to lead the Zinc Chemicals business unit.
PhD Chemical Engineering – University of Erlangen, Germany
Ralph Kiessling was appointed Executive Vice-President Energy & Surface Technology as of 1 March 2021. Before this he was EVP Catalysis since 1 February 2019, after serving as SVP Operations for Automotive Catalysts since 2015.
He previously occupied successive management functions in process technology, production and business controlling, including 5 years in China. In 2012 he moved to India where he built Umicore’s automotive catalyst plant. Prior to joining Umicore, Ralph held management positions in the Degussa group from 1995.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CATALYSIS (as of 1 March 2021)
Commercial Science – Vlerick Management School, Belgium
Bart Sap was appointed Executive Vice-President Catalysis as of 1 March 2021. Bart joined Umicore in 2004 as a controller for Cobalt & Specialty Materials and, after successive assignments in Korea and Belgium covering finance, supply of raw materials, business development and refining operations, he became Senior Vice-President for Cobalt & Specialty Materials and Supply at the beginning of 2020.