Board of Directors
As of August 3, 2018, the Board of Directors of Fagron consists of the below members:
Koen Hoffman obtained a Master in Applied Economics at the University of Ghent in 1990 and a Master in Business Administration at Vlerick Business School in Ghent in 1991. Mr Hoffman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Value Square in August 2016. Prior to joining Value Square, he was Chief Executive Officer of KBC Securities, member of the supervisory board of Patria Securities and member of the board of directors of Omnia Travel Belgium. He started his career at the corporate finance department of KBC Bank in 1992.
Rafael Padilla is Chief Executive Officer of Fagron. Rafael graduated from the University of Barcelona in Pharmaceutical Sciences and later completed the post-graduate program for management development (PMD) at IESE Business School. He started working as a pharmacist for Fagron in the Netherlands in 2002. In 2010 he became responsible for the activities of Fagron in South America and Southern Europe. In November 2017, Rafael was appointed CEO of Fagron.
Karin de Jong (Dutch nationality) is CFO of Fagron since May 2016. Karin has been working for Fagron since 2008, where she started as business controller. In 2013 she was appointed group controller. After graduating in business administration, accounting and control, Karin completed the post-graduate register controller degree at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Giulia Van Waeyenberge obtained a Master in Electrical Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2005 and a Master in Applied Economics at the Singapore Management University in 2006. Ms Van Waeyenberge is Senior Investment Manager at Sofina. Prior to that she worked at the family investment holding company De Eik and as Investment Manager at Sofina. Before that she worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch both in London and in Singapore as a Vice President. She started her career in investment banking at ABN AMRO Singapore. Ms Van Waeyenberge has been member of several boards of directors among Voka, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the employers' organization in Flanders and is member of the board of directors of the Port of Antwerp.
Veerle Deprez created in 1987, together with her brother Hein Deprez, the foundation for what later on became the Univeg Group. Through acquisitions, Univeg became a vertically integrated group specialized in the production, packing and distribution of fruit and vegetables. In 2003 and 2004, Univeg acquired Peltracom and Agrofino, two companies active in potting soils, soil improvers and substrates. In 2005, the Deprez family took a stake in Pinguin, a Euronext quoted company, market leader in frozen vegetables. The range was extended with canned vegetables with the acquisition of Noliko in 2011. The three companies, Univeg, Pinguin and Peltracom, merged in 2015, the whole group being called now Greenyard. Greenyard is a global market leader in fresh, fresh frozen and prepared fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, growing media and substrates and delivers to the majority of Europe’s leading retailers. In her capacity of permanent representative, Veerle Deprez represents Management Deprez BVBA, since 2005, as non-executive director of Greenyard. Veerle is also directly or indirectly via Management Deprez BVBA, a director of DS Consult NV, De Kraaiberg NV, Nova Natie NV, De Weide Blik NV, The Fruit Farm Group BV, Deprez Holding NV, Deprez Invest NV and Food Invest International NV.
Frank Vlayen (Belgian nationality) is group managing partner/CEO of Waterland Private Equity. Frank chairs Waterland’s investment committee, is responsible for the daily management of Waterland and for the development of Waterland’s overall strategy. He is also responsible for investor relations, for the investment and portfolio activities of Waterland in Belgium and for the management of the Belgian office. Before joining Waterland in 2005, Frank was an Engagement Partner at Accenture UK, advising utility and industrial companies on M&A and corporate strategy. Before that, he was a director of business development at Citigroup Consumer Banking Europe and vice-president at Tractebel’s international energy division, where he held a number of senior positions in operational management, business development and corporate and project finance. He started his career at Generale Bank in corporate finance and trade finance. Frank has worked in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Central and Eastern Europe.
Matthias Geyssens (Belgian nationality) is an Investment Manager at Waterland Private Equity in Belgium. Before joining Waterland, Matthias was an Assistant Director at Deloitte Corporate Finance in London where he advised on mergers & acquisitions throughout Europe. Matthias started his career at Deloitte as an auditor and later transferred to the corporate finance department. Matthias holds an honors degree in Management Science and Finance from the University of Kent and holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge. During his MBA studies he worked as a consultant at Warburg Pincus.
Mrs Martins has been working at Waterland since 2006 and currently fulfils the role of general counsel and compliance officer of the Waterland Group. Before this, she worked for ten years in the trust sector, at Rokin Corporate Services (Stibbe) and ATC Trustees (now Intertrust). She studied Dutch Law (Corporate Law) at the Free University of Amsterdam. Before the Dutch Law degree, she completed the propaedeutic course in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and subsequently followed higher education Culture, Organization and Management, at VU University Amsterdam with a focus on change management.
Marc Janssens (Belgian nationality) is director asset management and member of the executive committee of Baltisse since 2015. Marc started working at Petercam (now DeGroof Petercam) in 1988. He became a partner in 1996 and has been a member of the board of directors of Petercam since 2011. From 1984 until 1988, he worked as an economic writer at Belgian daily De Standaard. Marc obtained a master’s degree in economic sciences from the KU Leuven, Belgium.
Marc Coucke (Belgian nationality) is the founder of Omega Pharma. Following the sale thereof, he invests via NV Alychlo, in which he serves as chairman, in several listed and non-listed companies. Marc Coucke graduated in pharmacy from the state university of Ghent and obtained an MBA from the Vlerick Management School in Ghent, Belgium.
Michael Schenck (Belgian nationality) is Investment Manager at Alychlo, the investment firm of Belgian entrepreneur Marc Coucke. Previously, Michael was Investment Manager at Waterland Private Equity. He started his career in corporate finance in France and has worked both as a volunteer and entrepreneur in Africa. Michael holds Master’s Degrees in business and management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and HEC Paris.
Koen Hoffman, Giulia Van Waeyenberge and Veerle Deprez are considered to be independent directors. Rafael Padilla and Karin de Jong are member of the executive committee. Koen Hoffman is appointed as chairman of the board of directors.
1. Member of the Audit committee
2. Member of the Nomination- and Remuneration committee