More information on our corporate governance and specific obligations in terms of transparency, neutrality and non-discrimination towards all stakeholders involved in our activities, can be found in the Elia Group Annual Report 2022.
Elia Group is organised around two Transmission System Operators (TSOs), Elia in Belgium and 50Hertz in Germany with their full-fledged Governance Structure.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Elia Group SA currently consists of 12 members. They do not perform any management function within Elia Group.
Half of the members are Independent Directors who meet the conditions of independence as defined in Article 7:87 of the Belgian Code of Companies and Associations.
Non-executive Independent Director and ChairmanMr Gustin is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elia Group SA, Elia Transmission Belgium SA and Elia Asset SA, a position he assumes since 2017. He serves as Executive Chairman of LINEAS SA, and LINEAS Group SA. Lineas is Europe’s biggest private rail freight company. Mr. Gustin is operating advisor to DWS Infrastructure fund and in that respect is Chairman of the Board of InfraMobility a Benelux leading mobility Group and Vice Chairman of the Board of Charleroi Airport. Mr Gustin was the Co-CEO (2008-2012) and later CEO of Brussels Airlines SA/NV (2012-2018). Prior to his functions with Brussels Airlines, he was a partner with Arthur D. Little (1999-2008). Born in 1968, he holds a commercial engineering degree from ICHEC, a degree in international comparative management from ICHEC (Loyola College Maryland), and an MBA from Solvay Business School (VUB).
Non-executive Independent DirectorMs Kesteman is the former CEO (2008-2012) and CFO and HR Director (2002-2008) of Nuon Belgium SA/NV. She is the former Chairwoman of FEBEG. Born in 1957, Ms Kesteman holds a Master in Commercial and Consular Sciences from the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool Brussel and attended the International Corporate Finance Course at INSEAD (France).
Laurence de l’Escaille
Non-executive Independent DirectorAfter completing her university studies at the University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, Laurence de l’Escaille began her career in 2008 as an analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. She then joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where she was in charge of research programs for the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. Her career continued at McKinsey & Company as a Partner. There, she directed several major strategic and operational advisory programs in Europe and Africa for eight years, with a particular attention to issues relating to electrification and the energy transition. In 2020, she joined the Belgian Federal Governments’ COVID-19 Commissariat, where she focused primarily on strategic planning for COVID-19 vaccine deployment.
Pieter De Crem
Non-executive Director appointed upon proposal of Publi-TMr De Crem began his political career in 1989 as an attaché to the staff of Prime Minister Wilfried Martens. In 1994, he was elected Mayor of Aalter, a position he still holds today. He was elected to the Belgian Federal Parliament for the first time in 1995, and then served as President of the CD&V Group in the House of Representatives (2003-2007) and as chairman of the Home Affairs Committee in 2007.Mr De Crem has served as Minister of Defense (2007-2014), State’s Secretary of Foreign Trade (2014-2018), and Minister of Home Affairs and Security (2018-2020). He has also served as Deputy Prime Minister (2013-2014) and as the federal government's special envoy for the MYRRHA research project based in the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (2017-2018). Born in 1962, Mr De Crem holds a Master in Romance philology from the University of Leuven (KUL), a Master in European and lnternational Law from the University of Brussels (VUB) and a Degree from Harvard Business School (APM).
Non-executive Director appointed upon proposal of Publi-T and Vice ChairmanMr Versnick is a former lawyer. He was Vice-Governor of the Province of East Flanders, Member of the City Council of the city of Ghent and also member of the Belgian federal Parliament. He is director of Clancy Corporation BV. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Publi-T SC/CV. Born in 1956, Mr Versnick holds a Master of Laws from the University of Ghent, a certificate of Board Effectiveness from Guberna and a certificate of High Performance Boards from IMD. In addition, he attended the Board Education retreat organised by IMD and the AVIRA program organised by INSEAD (France).
Non-executive Independent DirectorMr Allé is the former Chief Financial Officer of SNCB SA/NV (2013-2015) and SNCB Holding SA/NV (2005-2013). Prior to his functions with SNCB and SNCB Holding, he served as Chief Financial Officer of BIAC SA/NV (2001-2005). Born in 1950, Mr. Allé holds a Master in Physics Civil Engineering and a Master in Economics from the University of Brussels (ULB). Alongside his professional experience, he has a long academic experience with the University of Brussels (ULB) (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management & Ecole Polytechnique). Today, he is Honorary Professor of that same University.
Pascale Van Damme
Non-executive Independent DirectorMs Van Damme is Vice President at Dell Technologies leading the multi Billion VMware business for Europe Middle East & Africa. Prior to her current role, as Managing Director she led the Belgian and Luxembourgish Dell Technologies branches for eight years; Pascale previously led the company’s public sales team in Belgium and later she was the Sales Transformation lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, having joined Dell Technologies in 2004. Prior to Dell Technologies, Pascale spent five years as Director of Corporate Sales at Base and in key account management positions at Proximus, both key players in the telecom industry and TNT Express. She is actively working across the digital sector in her role as President of Agoria Digital Industries, the digital industries chapter of Belgium's industry and trade association. She has been recognised as a fervent sponsor of women in IT. She received Belgium’s ICT Woman of the Year award (2014) and the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2017) and was named JUMP's Wo.Men@Work 2018 CEO Ambassador for Gender Equality. Pascale is also co-founder of BeCentral, the digital hub in Brussels, which aims at democratising access to digital applications and the digital world.
Interfin represented by Thibaud Wyngaard
Non-executive Director appointed upon proposal of Publi-T
Interfin SC/CV, represented by its permanent representative Thibaud Wyngaard
Mr Wyngaard is first alderman of Uccle in charge of Public Works, Mobility, Parking and Sports. Prior to his political functions, he was with the Legal Department of the Royal Belgian Football Association (2006-2008). He served as an assistant and researcher at the Public Law Centre of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2008-2010), where he currently serves as Assistant in the Faculty of Law. He served as political secretary of the Ecolo group in the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region (2010-2018). He served as President of the Port of Brussels (2013-2014). He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Comité directeur of Sibelga. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sibelga. He serves as Director (member of the Bureau) of Interfin, Publi-T, and Brutélé. He is also a Member of the High Counsel of Sports (Conseil Supérieur des Sports). Born in 1983, Mr Wyngaard holds a Master in Law with a major in public law from the University of Brussels (ULB), a Complementary Master in environmental law and public real estate law from the University Faculty of Saint-Louis.
Non-executive Director appointed upon proposal of Publi-T
Ms Offergeld is the Chief Financial Officer of ORES SRL/BV (since 2008). She is Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Publi-T SC/CV.
She held the function of deputy chief of staff of the Minister of Mobility (2014-2016) and of the Minister of Energy (2004-2008). She was General Counsel at SNCB Holding (2005-2008) and also chairwoman of the Board (2004-2005). She has exercised the function of expert of two Vice-Ministers of the Walloon Region (1999-2001) and federal State (2001 – 2004) and Credit analyst at the “Generale de Banque” (BNP Paribas Fortis) (1988-1999). She was also appointed as Belgocontrol Government Commissar (2014-2016), as Vice-President of the "Institut des Radio Eléments” (IRE) (2005-2013) and as Fluxys Government Commissar (2004-2008).
Born in 1963, Ms Offergeld holds a Master in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Namur, a certificate of General Management from INSEAD (France) and a Certificate of Corporate Governance from Guberna.
Non-executive Independent DirectorBorn in 1965, in Aalter, Belgium, Mr Frank Donck holds a Master of Law Degree from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and a Master in Financial Management from the Vlerick Business School, Ghent (Belgium). He started his career as investment manager for Investco SA/NV (later KBC Private Equity SA/NV). He has since 1998 been the managing director of the family-owned investment company 3D SA/NV NV. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Atenor SA/NV as well as of Barco SA/NV (as independent director). He serves as director of KBC Group and as independent director of Elia Group SA/NV and Luxempart SA/NV. He also holds board mandates in several privately owned companies. Mr. Donck is also a member of Belgium’s Corporate Governance Commission.
Non-executive Director appointed upon proposal of Publi-TBorn in 1955, Bernard Thiry obtained a master in Economics at the University of Liège in 1979. He graduated at Stanford University (USA) and then obtained a PhD in Economics at the University of Liège in 1985. In 1989, he started his academic career at the University of Liège, which he continues as a professor at HEC-ULg School of Management (currently as professor emeritus). He was director of the CREG, chairman of Forem’s management committee, and chairman of the Union nationale des mutualités socialistes. From 2008 to 2016, he was CEO of Ethias. Bernard Thiry currently serves as director of Publi-T, Publipart and vice-chairman of Publigaz. He is also chairman of the board of directors of SOCOFE and of Solidaris Assurances and Intégrale Luxembourg.
Non-executive Director appointed upon proposal of Publi-TBorn in 1952, Eddy Vermoesen received his academic training at the Royal Military Academy and the School for Military Directors. At KU Leuven, he obtained a master's degree in government management and public administration. Within Defence, he was budget manager of the Medical Service and later administrative director of the Military Hospital in Neder-over-Heembeek. He was also a member of the board of censors of the National Bank of Belgium. He currently serves as director of Publi-T and vice-chairman of IGEAN (autonomy public company active within support services), director of Wind for A and vice-chairman of FINEG (Financieringsholding voor Elektriciteits- en aardGasverkoop). He is also alderman of finance in the municipality of Aartselaar.
Advisory Committees to the Board of Directors
In accordance with legal and statutory provisions, the Board of Directors of Elia Group SA/NV is assisted by four Advisory Committees:
Nomination & Remuneration Committee
- Dominique Offergeld, Chairwoman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee
- Roberte Kesteman*
- Laurence de l’Escaille*
- Pascale Van Damme*
- Geert Versnick
- Michel Allé*, Chairman of the Audit Committee
- Frank Donck*
- Roberte Kesteman*
- Dominique Offergeld
- Eddy Vermoesen
* Independent directors
- Geert Versnick, Chairman of the Strategic Committee
- Michel Allé*
- Bernard Gustin*
- Bernard Thiry
- Pieter De Crem
Permanent guests on the Strategy Committee
- Dominique Offergeld
- Frank Donck*
Executive Management Board
Chief Executive Officer Ad Interim & Chief Financial Officer
Chief Digital Officer
Chief Alignment Officer