The board of directors of the Company is composed of 10 members. With the exception of the Managing Director (CEO), all directors are non-executive directors.
There are currently three independent directors within the meaning of article 526ter of the Belgian Company Code, the Belgian Corporate Governance Code and the articles of association of the Company: (i) IDw Consult BVBA (represented by its permanent representative Mr. Bert De Graeve, (ii) Mrs. Christiane Franck and (iii) JoVB BVBA (represented by its permanent representative Mr. Jo Van Biesbroeck).
These directors (as well as their permanent representatives) are considered independent directors since they all fulfill the independence criteria set out in the articles of association of the Company and in article 526ter of the Belgian Company Code.
The mandates of (i) IDw Consult BVBA (represented by its permanent representative Mr. Bert De Graeve , (ii) Mr. Jim Ryan and (iii) Mrs. Christiane Franck expire at the annual shareholders' meeting of 2018. The mandates of (i) JoVB BVBA (represented by its permanent representative Mr. Jo Van Biesbroeck), (ii) Mr. Manuel Kohnstamm and (iii) Mr. Diederik Karsten expire at the annual shareholders' meeting of 2019. The mandates of the other directors expire at the annual shareholders’ meeting of 2020 with the exception of the mandate of Mr. John Porter which expires at the annual shareholders’ meeting of 2021.
As of the general shareholders' meeting of April 25, 2012, Mr. André Sarens has been appointed as “observer” to the board of directors.
The directors have been appointed for a period of maximum four years. In principle, the mandate of the directors terminates at the date of the annual general shareholders’ meeting at which time their mandate expires. The directors can be re-appointed.
The general shareholders’ meeting (resolving by ordinary majority) can dismiss directors at any time.
If a mandate of a director becomes vacant, the board of directors can fill the vacancy, subject to compliance with the rules of nomination. At the next general shareholders’ meeting, the shareholders shall resolve on the definitive appointment, in principle for the remaining term of the mandate of the director who is being replaced.
Except for exceptional, motivated cases, the mandate of directors shall terminate at the first annual shareholders’ meeting after they have reached the age of 70.
The board of directors of the Company is composed as follows:
Mr. Bart van Sprundel, Director Legal Affairs at the Company, acts as secretary of the board of directors and its committees.