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Master's degree in applied economics at IAG, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium; MBA from Harvard Business School
Store Manager for bakery firm in Belgium (1982-1983); Delhaize Group (1983-2013); Store operations from trainee to store manager, Cub Foods, Atlanta, USA (1983-1986); Buyer, Director of purchasing, member of the Executive Committee and Director and Executive Vice-President of the Executive Committee in charge of international activities, Delhaize Belgium (1988-1998); President and Chief Executive Officer, Delhaize Group (1999-2013); Member of the Board of Directors of the Delhaize Groupe
Field hockey, swimming, cycling, skiing, mountain climbing, trekking
Board Member of the Belgian National Olympic Committee (COIB) (2002-); President of the COIB (2004-)
Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (2009-2010); Chair of CIES, the Food Business Forum (2002-2004 and 2008-2009); Board Member of the Food Marketing Institute (1995-2013); Vice-President of FEB/VBO, Belgian Employers Federation (2008-); Board Member of Guberna (2006-); Member of the Belgian Commission on Corporate Governance (till 2010); Member of the board of Directors of Aramark inc, The Bata Shoe Company, D'Ieteren SA and Belron Ltd
Belgium's Manager of the year (1999); Belgium’s BEL 20 CEO of the year (2008); Best CEO for investor relations for Belgium – Thomson Extel (2010); Commander of the Order of Leopold (2013)
Chair of the Audit Committee (2014-); Member of the following Commissions: Finance (2013-), Ethics (2014-)