Xavier Baeten


Xavier Baeten obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University in 1991 and a Master in Tax Legislation and Accountancy from Vlerick Business School in 1992.

In 1996, together with Prof Dr Lutgart Van den Berghe and Mr Peter Leyman, he established the Volvo Research Roundtable ‘Employee Benefits’. In 2000 he broadened the research scope of this centre to include strategic rewarding. In 2006 he established the Executive Remuneration Research Centre. Today he heads up the Vlerick Reward Centre (composed of 2 knowledge- and research centres; the Centre for Excellence in Strategic Rewards and the Executive Remuneration Research Centre) which has long-term collaborations with more than 40 firms that participate regularly in the centre’s workshops and take part in its research. The centre also provides executive education programmes in the field of strategic rewards and executive remuneration.

Xavier is an independent member of various remuneration committees and teaches the course on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility in the MBAs.

In February 2012, Xavier Baeten successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the link between firm-level corporate governance characteristics and CEO remuneration. He achieved his degree of Doctor in Applied Economic Sciences from the faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Ghent University.


Expert in
Corporate Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Executive Remuneration
Governance & Ethics
Strategic Rewards