Nominees of the Vlerick Award 2015
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The central theme of the Vlerick Award 2015 is ‘Legacy and Promise’: each of our nominees leads a company with a rich past and strong legacy that has to be defended, while also facing pressure to develop and grow the business still further, thereby realising the promise of the future.
Meet our nominees for 2015...
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Alain Bernard (°1955) has been the CEO of the DEME Group, (Dredging Environmental & Marine Engineering), since 2006.
The DEME Group, headquartered in Zwijndrecht, Belgium has operations in five continents, and though its roots are in dredging, Mr. Bernard has been instrumental in transforming the scope of its business, moving it into land reclamation and hydraulic engineering, environmental projects and providing services for the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.
In fact, since starting his career in 1980, Mr. Bernard has spent all his professional life at the DEME Group, working in a number of different companies there. Between 1982 and 1985, he worked as a Project Manager for Dredging International. He then was appointed General Manager at Hydro Soil Services, and in 1990, returned to work for Dredging International, initially as Manager of the Benelux division and from 1995 to 2006 as its General Manager. From 1996 to 2006, he was also active as the Chief Operating Officer of the Group.
Mr. Benard is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and Art, and is a director at Aquafin, Voka, CFE, FIT (Flanders Investment & Trade) and the Royal Belgian Shipowners Association.
Mr. Bernard has 2 master’s qualifications from KU Leuven, one in Civil Engineering and the other in Civil Engineering Industrial Policy.
Bernard Delvaux (°1965) became the CEO of Sonaca S.A. in 2008.
A leading aerospace manufacturer located in Gosselies, in the south of Belgium, Sonaca employs more than 2,600 people around the world, most notably in Belgium, Brazil, Canada and China. Its core business is the design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of aerospace structures and their subsystems. Nominated for Trends/Tendances ‘Manager of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014, Mr. Delvaux believes that CEOs should play a ‘social’ or ‘political’ role in society, and this is reflected in his strong support of the re-industrialization of Belgium.
Previously, Mr. Delvaux was Director Mail and Parcel Operations at bpost (La Poste) for 5 years, responsible for all domestic mail and parcels activities, and a member of the Executive Board. Before that, he worked at Belgacom for almost 6 years. His last role there was EVP Advanced Network Services Division, and he was also a member of the Belgacom Group Council. He was alo in charge of the 2 main transformation projects of Belgacom PTS and BeST. Earlier career experience was as Consultant at McKinsey, and Plant Operations Manager at Cockeril-Sambre.
Mr. Delvaux, as a private investor, recently took a majority of the shares of “Bodart & Gonay”, a Belgian designer and manufacturer of wood and gaz built-in fireplaces.
Mr. Delvaux studied at the University of Liège from 1983 to 1988, where he earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Business & Economics. He also completed an MBA at Insead in 1996.
Dominique Leroy (°1964) is the CEO of Proximus since 2014.
She joined the company as Vice President Sales for the Consumer Business Unit in October 2011, before becoming Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business Unit in June 2012.
The big news on her watch has been the announcement, in September 2014, that the Belgacom brand would disappear, grouping everything under the Proximus brand, previously just the name of the company’s mobile telephony subsidiary. It was, as she put it, “a way of illustrating how the company simplified communications.” This was a project that she had been working on before being appointed CEO, but as she has stated, “things go a little faster when you yourself are in charge.”
Before her job at Belgacom, Mrs. Leroy had a successful 24-year career at Unilever where she held various positions in marketing, finance and customer development. Mrs Leroy was Managing Director of Unilever Belux from 2007 to 2011, and a member of Unilever’s Benelux management committee.
Awarded the Master Marketeer title by STIMA in 2013, Mrs. Leroy is also a board member of several companies: Tango, BICS and Scarlet, and she is an independent Board Member at Lotus Bakeries.
Mrs. Leroy holds a Business Engineering degree from the Solvay Business School, Brussels, Belgium.
Koen Van Gerven (°1959) became the CEO of bpost in early 2014.
Starting there in 2006 as a member of the Management Board, he was responsible for the retail network of post offices. During this period, he undertook a major transformation of the branch network, including the closure of 700 post offices and the expansion of postal network points into convenience stores and supermarkets. In 2009, he became the CIO at bpost, and in 2012, became responsible for all the sales and marketing activities in the field of mail and retail.
Mr. Van Gerven started his career at Generale Bank in 1982, and during his 19 years there, he worked in many different departments. In 1998, after the bank became Fortis Bank, he was appointed Managing Director of the northeast region and a member of the management committee Retail Banking Belgium. Leaving Fortis in 2001 to become CEO of Acerta, (a merger of some 10 companies active in the field of payroll management, social administration and HR consulting), Mr. Van Gerven successfully transformed the group into a leading player in the Belgian market.
Mr. Van Gerven is a graduate of KU Leuven (Commercial Engineer) and Cornell University in the United States, where het got his MBA.