Leysen, Thomas - from Belgium

ID: 235435
Organization: ERT
Country of meeting: in the year 2018

Entrepreneur who graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with a degree in law. Leysen spent a large part of his career at Umicore (formerly Union Minière), which was transformed under his leadership from a metals producer to a materials technology group with leading positions in battery materials, automotive catalysts and precious metals recycling. He was CEO of the company until 2018, after which he became Chairman of the Board.

Leysen was Chairman of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) between 2008 and 2011. Since 2011, Leysen has been Chairman of the Board of KBC Group, a banking and insurance group with activities mainly in Belgium, Central Europe and Ireland.

Leysen is also the Chairman and a large shareholder of Mediahuis, a media company and leading publisher of newspapers in Belgium and The Netherlands (De Standaard, De Telegraaf, NRC Handelsblad, Gazet van Antwerpen, among other publications). In addition, he is Chairman of the Belgian Corporate Governance Commission. He has long been committed to the promotion of sustainability development, and as such chairs The Shift, a coalition of businesses and non-governmental organisations in Belgium.


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