Appointment of new Chairperson of the Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board of EIT Food in its meeting of February 21, 2019 in Leuven has decided to appoint Mr. Jo Van Biesbroeck as member and Chairperson of the Supervisory Board. Mr. Van Biesbroeck will start his mandate on May 1 2019. In accordance with Article 12.4 of the Statutes, he will complete the mandate of Mr. Peter van Bladeren, who resigned on May 4, 2018.
Jo Van Biesbroeck currently holds the operational leadership position of the leading Belgian soccer team, RSC Anderlecht. Building on a vast experience in governance and managing a public listed company with controlling family shareholders, he also acts as Board Member in several stock-listed companies, in which he leads the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee, as well as in a number of private companies.
Jo left Anheuser-Busch InBev - the world’s leading brewer - after a career of 38 years. In his most recent function of Chief Strategy Officer, he led the strategic reflection within AB InBev, supporting the CEO with the objective to define the optimal path for top line growth for the group. Jo also oversaw the activities of ABI International, the brewer’s global export division.
Jo started his career at Brouwerij Artois and after a number of functions in the commercial, marketing and logistics department, he first took up a Manager’s and then a Controller’s function in the Financial department. After the combination of Brouwerij Artois and Brasserie Piedboef, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Europe-Asia-Africa at the newly named company Interbrew and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Group that oversaw more than 40 acquisitions in Central Europe, China, Canada, South Korea in the 90s. He was also a member of the Russian and South Korean Board of Directors. In 1999 Jo was appointed Executive Vice President Control & Planning, actively involved in the IPO of the Interbrew group in 2000, and was responsible for the worldwide implementation of IAS compliance by end 2001.
In 2003, he became Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer. For a period of 3 years, he managed the strategic change program for Interbrew (later InBev), defined the optimal path for maximizing organic growth, participated in the mergers & acquisitions team for the Ambev transaction and played a key role in the post-combination integration team. From December 2005 till end 2008, he was a Member of the Ambev Board of Directors, an AB InBev subsidiary and Brazilian/US stock-listed company.
In 2006, Jo took up the role of Chief Sales and Strategy Officer. In this function, he put in place a strong global sales team and defined the InBev way of sales execution in the markets by leading an important multidisciplinary change program (sales process, route to market, pricing, incentives, trade programs,...) in the top 10 countries.
Jo Van Biesbroeck (°December 19, 1956, Leuven, Belgium), holds a University degree in Economics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Besides Dutch as his mother tongue, Jo conducts business in French and English. He is interested in all sports and is actively involved in value and charity programs for children and disabled.
The mandate as Supervisory Board member of Mr. Van Biesbroeck will expire after the Annual Partner Assembly of 2020 and can be renewed for a new term of three year until the annual Partner Assembly of 2023. In accordance with the Statutes, the appointment of Mr. Jo Van Biesbroek as member of the Supervisory Board will be submitted for confirmation by the next Partner Assembly, scheduled to be held September 19 2019.
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