Roch Doliveux passing the baton as Chairman of the Board of Vlerick Business school to Frans Muller

Since Roch Doliveux was appointed Chairman of Vlerick Business School in 2014, the School went through an amazing transformation. In 2015, Marion Debruyne was appointed as new dean. Together with the faculty and the board, she refocused the school's strategy, further internationalised the school, launched several new and innovative programmes (i.a. an online MBA) and realised a clear turnaround. In April Marion Debruyne has been reappointed as dean for another term of four years.

As part of the transformation of the school, its governance structures have been revised and updated. An essential change in the new governance structure consists of a higher rotation of both board members and chairpersons. Therefore, Chairman Roch Doliveux and Vice Chairman Frank Donck have decided to lead by example and step down on July 11, 2019 and at the General Council of 2020, respectively, from their function, at different moments in view of continuity. Also, they will stay as members of the Board for one year after their respective transition. 

The Board is extremely proud to announce that Frans Muller, CEO of Ahold Delhaize and member of the Vlerick board since October 2017, has accepted to become Chairman. With Frans, the school has another non-Belgian leader of a large international company as chairperson who brings a passion for education and particular experience in consumer goods, digital, customer delight and international food retail market. 
Roch Doliveux: “Vlerick Business School, now leading business school in the Benelux, is well positioned under the leadership of Marion Debruyne, to be a magnet in Europe that attracts enterprising leaders, sparks their passion and channels it into a positive force for change in Business and Society. After an unequivocal re-election of Marion as Dean for next 4 years, I am delighted to handover the Board Chairmanship to Frans Muller, whose global leadership and sharpness already benefited the Board since he joined.”

Frans Muller: “I am honoured to take on the role of chairman at such an important time in Vlerick’s rich history. Roch Doliveux has done a tremendous job helping drive the school’s resurgence. I look forward to working closely with the board and our dean professor Marion Debruyne, to ensure Vlerick continues to evolve as I think education plays an essential role in preparing enterprising leaders to best meet the business needs of the future.”

Marion Debruyne: “Roch Doliveux played a key role in a transformative period for the school. I could not be more grateful for his commitment, his leadership and his guidance. As he passes the baton to Frans Muller, the school is fortunate to again have a chairman with a strong passion for business education and a belief in the school’s mission to generate enterprising leaders.

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