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Board of Directors


Shari L. Ballard

Ms. Ballard has been President, International - Enterprise Executive Vice President of Best Buy Co., Inc. since January 2012. Ms. Ballard began her career with Best Buy in 1993 as an assistant store manager, and in 1997 joined its Retail Change Implementation Team. She then moved to Best Buy’s human resources department, ultimately assuming the role of Executive Vice president of Human Resources and Legal in 2004. She also served as Executive Vice President, Retail Channel Management of Best Buy from 2007 until 2010 and as Co-President of the Americas and Executive Vice President from 2010 until January 2012. Ms. Ballard graduated from the University of Michigan - Flint with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.

Jacques de Vaucleroy

Mr. de Vaucleroy is CEO of the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe business unit of AXA since March 2010. He is also in charge of AXA Bank Europe. Since April 2010, he has been a member of the AXA Management Committee. On January 1, 2011, he assumed global responsibility for the Group’s AXA Life and Savings and Health businesses. Jacques de Vaucleroy has made most of his career within the ING Group, where he was a member of the Executive Board of ING Group and CEO of ING Insurance and Investment Management Europe. He has extensive experience in the banking and insurance and asset management business, both in Europe and in the U.S. Jacques de Vaucleroy holds a law degree (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and a Master in Business Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium).

Patrick De Maeseneire

Since November 1, 2015, Mr. De Maeseneire has been Chief Executive Officer of Jacobs Holding AG, major shareholder of Barry Callebaut AG.  Mr. De Maeseneire is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Barry Callebaut AG. Mr. De Maeseneire started his professional career in 1980 at Arthur Andersen (Consulting). Between 1980 and 1997, he held executive positions at Wang, Apple Computer, Sun International and at the Belgian TV station VTM. Between 1998 and 2002, Mr. De Maeseneire held leading positions within the Adecco Group, starting as country manager for the Benelux region before leading the Adecco Group’s worldwide professional staffing business from New York. In 2002, Mr. De Maeseneire joined the chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut where he served as CEO until 2009, when he returned to Adecco as CEO. Mr. De Maeseneire served as CEO of Adecco from June 2009 till August 2015. Mr. De Maeseneire earned a Master’s degree in commercial engineering at the Solvay Business School of Brussels University (VUB), Belgium and a special license in marketing management at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium. Mr. De Maeseneire also completed studies in business management at the London Business School and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. In 2007, Mr. De Maeseneire was granted the title of Baron by King Albert II of Belgium.

Mats Jansson

Mr. Jansson has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 24, 2012. Mr. Jansson currently serves as an independent board member of TeliaSonera and is a member of the JPMorgan European Advisory Council. Mr. Jansson began his career with ICA, a leading Swedish food retailer, holding positions of increasing responsibility over a period of more than 20 years and serving as President of ICA Detaljhandel and Deputy CEO and Chairman of the Group from 1990 to 1994. He then served as CEO of Catena/Bilia (1994 to 1999) and Karl Fazor Oy (1999 to 2000). From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Jansson held the position of CEO with Axfood, a publicly-traded Swedish food retailer. From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Jansson served as President and CEO of Axel Johnson AB, a family owned conglomerate of distribution and services companies. Mr. Jansson was President and CEO of SAS, the Scandinavian airline company, from 2006 to 2010. He also previously served as a director of Axfood, Mekonomen, Swedish Match, Hufvudstaden and Danske Bank. Mr. Jansson studied economical history and sociology at the University of Örebro. 


Dominique Leroy

Mrs. Leroy has been Chief Executive Officer of Belgacom SA and member of the Board of Directors of Belgacom SA since January 2014. She began working at Belgacom as Vice President Sales for the Consumer division in October 2011. In June, 2012, Dominique Leroy held the position of Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business Unit of Belgacom and member of the Management Committee of Belgacom Group. Prior to Belgacom, Mrs. Leroy worked for 24 years at Unilever. She was Managing Director of Unilever Belux and member of Unilever’s Benelux management committee. She previously held various positions in marketing, finance and customer development. Mrs. Leroy is independent Board Member at Lotus Bakeries. Mrs. Leroy holds a degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School of Brussels University (ULB).

Bill McEwan

Mr. McEwan is a Canadian grocery and consumer packaged goods executive. He began his career at Ferreo’s Ltd, Super Valu Stores at the age of 15, spending 13 years with the company.  . Between 1989 and 2000, Mr. McEwan held a variety of progressively senior marketing and merchandising roles in the consumer packaged goods industry with Coca-Cola Limited and in grocery retail with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) both in Canada and in the United States. He served as President of A&P’s Canadian operations before his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s US Atlantic Region, the position he held immediately prior to joining Sobeys Inc. He served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Sobeys Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of its parent company, Empire Company Limited until June 2012. In November, 2005 Mr. McEwan was presented the Golden Pencil Award, The Food Industry Association of Canada’s highest distinction. In May 2006, the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors presented Mr. McEwan with the Robert Beaudry Award of Excellence for leadership in the grocery industry.  In June 2012, Mr. McEwan was honoured by the Retail Counsil of Canada with its Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing a career of outstanding leadership, business success and community service.

Jack L. Stahl

Mr. Stahl served in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of cosmetics company Revlon from 2002 until his retirement in September 2006. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Stahl had a 22-year career as an executive with the Coca-Cola Company culminating in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as Group President of Coca-Cola Americas and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stahl started his professional career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Stahl served on the Board of pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough, Sacks and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. He currently serves on the Board of Coty Inc., Catalent Inc., Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC and serves as a member of the US Board of Advisors on CVC Capital Partners Advisory, Inc. He is also a Board member and Chairman of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Stahl received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Johnny Thijs

Mr. Thijs started his career in 1974 at Vanderelst N.V. (Rothmans group) as Product & Marketing Manager for Belgium. In 1981, he was named Marketing & Sales Manager at Masterfoods N.V. (Mars Inc.) for Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France. In 1986, he moved to Côte d’Or-Jacobs Suchard and five years later moved to Interbrew N.V. where he started as Executive Vice President before becoming CEO for Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa from 1995 to 1999. In 2000, he was named CEO of Ter Beke. Mr. Thijs joined Belgian Post in 2002 where he served as CEO until the end of February 2014. Mr. Thijs is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Spadel SA and member of the Board of Directors of H. ESSERS and USG People. He studied commercial sciences at the College of Economic Sciences of the University of Limburg, Belgium. 

Baron Vansteenkiste

Mr. Vansteenkiste is President of the Board of the Belgian company Sioen and is also a member of the Board of Smartphoto Group and Scheerders van Kerchove United Company.  Mr. Vansteenkiste is Chairman of EuropeanIssuers since April 9, 2014. He is Honorary Chairman of the Federation of Belgian Companies and was Chief Executive Officer of Recticel until April 1, 2010 and Vice President of the Board of Directors until May 2013. Mr. Vansteenkiste earned his degree in civil engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.


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