3 May 1960
Master's degree in applied economics at IAG, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium; MBA from Harvard Business School
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 (1995-2015)
Field hockey, swimming, cycling, skiing, mountain climbing, trekking
Board Member of the Belgian National Olympic Committee (COIB) (2002-); President of the COIB (2004-2021)
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 (2008-2016); Baillet-Latour Fund Administrator (2016-); Chair of the Louvain University Foundation (2021-); Member of the Belgian Commission on Corporate Governance (till 2010); Administrator for multiple companies.
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-); Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Paris 2024 (2017-); Vice Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad Los Angeles 2028 (2019-); Member of the following Commissions: Finance (2013-), Ethics (2014-); Human Resources Committee (2017-); Games Optimisation Group