As at December 31, 2018, the Board was composed of 16 Directors:

  • 15 of the 16 directors on the Board are non-executive;
  • 12 of the 16 directors have been recognized as independent by the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting, according to the criteria defined by the Belgian law and further refined by the Board of Directors;
  • Directors represent seven different nationalities; and
  • 37.5% are women.

Board meeting attendance is high: 96.87 %

  • The mandates of Ms. Rosemary Thorne and Mr. Gilles Michel were renewed for a four-year term at the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of May 8, 2018. These mandates will expire at the end of the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting to be held in May 2022;
  • Mr. Denis Solvay and Mr. Bernhard Scheuble left the Board at the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of May 8, 2018, and have been replaced by respectively Mr. Philippe Tournay and Mr. Matti Lievonen, who were appointed as Board members for a four-year term;
  • Their mandate will expire at the end of the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting to be held in May 2022;
  • The Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Ilham Kadri as Board member in replacement of Mr. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, who has announced he will step down on March 1, 2019. Ms. Ilham Kadri will complete the mandate of Mr. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu according to article 16 of the Solvay By Law  until the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of 2021.

At the end of the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the following mandates will expire:

  • Mr. Yves-Thibault de Silguy will leave the Board, as he has reached the age limit;
  • Mr. Charles Casimir-Lambert; and
  • Ms. Marjan Oudeman.

At the same Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Tuesday May 14, 2019, it will be proposed:

  • To renew the mandates of Mr. Charles Casimir-Lambert and Ms. Marjan Oudeman for a new term of four years;
  • Not to replace Mr. Yves-Thibault de Silguy and to change the composition of the Board from 16 to 15 members; and
  • To confirm the appointment of Ms. Ilham Kadri as Director in replacement of Mr. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. She will complete Jean-Pierre Clamadieu’s mandate according to article 16 of the Solvay Bylaws. Her mandate will end at the Shareholders’ Meeting of May 2021.

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Presence at Board meetings in 2018

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Nicolas Boël (photo) Nicolas Boël
Belgian
Non independent Director
Appointed in 1998 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Nicolas Boël (photo)

Nicolas Boël

Born in: 1962

Solvay SA mandates: Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee, Member of the Nomination Committee

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: MA in Economics (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Master of Business Administration (College of William and Mary, Virginia, US)
Activities outside Solvay: Director of Sofina

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (photo) Jean-Pierre Clamadieu(1)
French
Non independent Director
Appointed in 2012 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (9/10)
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (photo)

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu

Born in: 1958

Solvay SA mandates: Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO, Director and Member of the Finance Committee

Directorship expiry date: 2019

Diplomas: Engineering degree from the École des Mines (Paris, France).
Activities outside Solvay: Director of Axa, Airbus. Chairman of Cytec Industries Inc., Chairman of Engie SA, Chairman of the Opéra de Paris

(1) Employed full time by the Solvay Group.

Bernard de Laguiche (photo) Bernard de Laguiche
French/Brazilian
Non independent Director
Appointed in 2006 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Bernard de Laguiche (photo)

Bernard de Laguiche

Born in: 1959

Solvay SA mandates: Member of the Executive Committee until September 30, 2013, Director, Member of the Finance Committee and Member of the Audit Committee since May 13, 2014

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: MA in Economics and Business Administration, HSG (Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland). MBA in Agribusiness, University of São Paulo (USP ESALQ)
Activities outside Solvay: Managing Director of Solvac SA, Chairman of the Board of Peroxidos do Brazil Ltda, Curitiba (Brazil), Board member of Le Pain Quotidien Brasil Ltda, Sao Paulo and Luxembourg, Founder and President of Grupo Ortus SA, Curitiba (Brasil), President of Agro Mercantil Vila Rica Ltda, Parana (Brazil).

Jean-Marie Solvay (photo) Jean-Marie Solvay
Belgian
Non independent Director
Appointed in 1991 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Jean-Marie Solvay (photo)

Jean-Marie Solvay

Born in: 1956

Solvay SA mandates: Director, Member of the Innovation Board, Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committees since March 2018

Directorship expiry date: 2020

Diplomas: Advanced Management Programme – Insead.
Activities outside Solvay: Chairman of the Board of the International Solvay Institutes. Member of the Board of the Innovation Fund, Brussels. CEO of Albrecht RE Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG., Berlin (Germany)

Denis Solvay (photo) Denis Solvay
Belgian
Non independent Director
Appointed in 1997 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (3/4)
Left the Board at the AGM of May 8, 2018
Denis Solvay (photo)

Denis Solvay

Born in: 1957

Solvay SA mandates: Director, Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committees

Directorship expiry date: 2018

Diplomas: Business engineering – Solvay Business School (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium).
Activities outside Solvay: Abelag Holding, SA. Voluntary Director of the Healthcare Institute ANBCT and Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Dr Bernhard Scheuble (photo) Prof. Dr. Bernhard Scheuble
German
Independent Director
Appointed in 2006 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (4/4)
Left the Board at the AGM of May 8, 2018
Dr Bernhard Scheuble (photo)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Scheuble

Born in: 1953

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee

Directorship expiry date: 2018

Diplomas: MSc, Nuclear Physics & PhD, Display Physics (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany).
Activities outside Solvay: Former Chairman of the Executive Committee of Merck KGaA, (Darmstadt, Germany) and former member of the E. Merck OHG Board of Directors

Charles Casimir-Lambert (photo) Charles Casimir-Lambert
Belgian
Independent Director
Appointed in 2007 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Charles Casimir-Lambert (photo)

Charles Casimir-Lambert

Born in: 1967

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Audit Committee

Directorship expiry date: 2019

Diplomas: MBA Columbia Business School (New York, USA)/London Business School (London, UK), Master’s degree (lic.oec.HSG) in Economics, Management and Finance (Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland).
Activities outside Solvay: Management of family’s global interests.

Hervé Coppens d'Eeckenbrugge (photo) Hervé Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge
Belgian
Independent Director
Appointed in 2009 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (9/10)
Hervé Coppens d'Eeckenbrugge (photo)

Hervé Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge

Born in: 1957

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Finance and Audit Committees

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: MA in Law from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Diploma in Economics and Business, ICHEC (Belgium)
Activities outside Solvay: Until June 30, 2013 Group Director Petercam SA, Director of Vital Renewable Energy Company LLC (Delaware), Independent Director, VISONARITY AG (Basel, Switzerland) until April 2018.

Yves-Thibault de Silguy (photo) Yves-Thibault de Silguy
French
Independent Director
Appointed in 2010 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Yves-Thibault de Silguy (photo)

Yves-Thibault de Silguy

Born in: 1948

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Compensation Committee and Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Member of the Finance Committee

Directorship expiry date: 2019

Diplomas: MA in Law from the Université de Rennes (France), DES in public law from Université de Paris I (France), graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration (France)
Activities outside Solvay: Former European Commissionner of the Economics, Monetary and Financial Affairs (1995-1999), Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Vinci Group, Director of LVMH, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sofisport (France), Director of VTB bank (Moscow, Russia), and Chairman of YTSeuropaconsultants

Evelyn du Monceau (photo) Evelyn du Monceau
Belgian
Independent Director
Appointed in 2010 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Evelyn du Monceau (photo)

Evelyn du Monceau

Born in: 1950

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committees

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: MA in Applied Economics from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
Activities outside Solvay: Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Nomination and Compensation Committees of UCB SA, Member of the Board of Directors of La Financière de Tubize SA, Member of the Corporate Governance Commission.

Françoise de Viron (photo) Françoise de Viron
Belgian
Independent Director
Appointed in 2013 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (9/10)
Françoise de Viron (photo)

Françoise de Viron

Born in: 1955

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committees

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: Doctorate of Science (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium). Master in Sociology (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Activities outside Solvay: Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences and Louvain School of Management (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Academic Member for Center in Research Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies, and of the Interdisciplinary Group for Research in Socialization, Education and Training, of the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Adult Education at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Chairman and Director of AISBL EUCEN – the European Universities Continuing Education network.

Amparo Moraleda (photo) Amparo Moraleda Martinez
Spanish
Independent Director
Appointed in 2013 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Amparo Moraleda (photo)

Amparo Moraleda Martinez

Born in: 1964

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committees

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: Degree in Industrial Engineering, ICAI (Universidad Pontifica Comillas, Spain) PDG, IESE Business School (Universidad de Navarra, Spain).
Activities outside Solvay: Former General Manager of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel and Turkey Former Chief Operating Officer, International Division (Spain) and Acting CEO, Scottish Power (UK) part of Iberdrola Group. Member of the Boards of the following listed companies: Airbus SE (The Netherlands), Faurecia (until oct.2017) (France), Caixabank SA (Spain), Vodafone plc (UK) .Member of the Consejo rector of Consejo Superior of Investigaciones Cientificas. Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics and Financial Sciences

Rosemary Thorne (photo) Rosemary Thorne
British
Independent Director
Appointed in 2014 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Rosemary Thorne (photo)

Rosemary Thorne

Born in: 1952

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Audit Committee (Chairman since May 2018)

Directorship expiry date: 2022

Diplomas: Honours Degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Warwick (UK). Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants FCMA and CGMA. Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers FCT.
Activities outside Solvay: Former Chief Financial Officer of J. Sainsbury, Bradford & Bingley, and Ladbrokes (UK). Member of the Board and Chair of Audit Committee of Merrill Lynch International (UK). Former Independent Director of Royal Mail Group, Cadbury Schweppes, Santander UK, First Global Trust Bank (UK) and Smurfit Kappa Group (Ireland).

Gilles Michel (photo) Gilles Michel
French
Independent Director
Appointed in 2014 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (9/10)
Gilles Michel (photo)

Gilles Michel

Born in: 1956

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Finance Committee, Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committees since March 2018

Directorship expiry date: 2022

Diplomas: École Polytechnique (France). École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique (ENSAE) (France). Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP).
Activities outside Solvay: Former CEO Ceramics & Plastics, Saint-Gobain, France. Former member of the Management Board, PSA, France. Former CEO, Fonds stratégique d’Investissement (FSI), France. Former Chairman & CEO, Imerys, France (listed) ; non executive Chairman of the Board. Independent Director IB , Valeo : Independent Director.

Marjan Oudeman (photo) Marjan Oudeman
Dutch
Independent Director
Appointed in 2015 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Marjan Oudeman (photo)

Marjan Oudeman

Born in: 1958

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Audit Committee since May 12, 2015

Directorship expiry date: 2019

Diplomas: Law degree, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands). Masters Degree in Business Administration, Simon E. Business School, University of Rochester (New York, USA), and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (the Netherlands).
Activities outside Solvay: Former member of the Board of Exco, Tata Steel and Akzo Nobel. Former executive President of Utrecht University. Former member of the Board of Statoil ASA (now known as Equinor ASA), ABN Amro, Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald Children’s Fund. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands. Member of the Supervisory Board of Aalberts Industries NV and SHV Holding NV. Board member of UPM-Kymmene Corporation and PJSC Novolipetsk steel.

Agnès Lemarchand (photo) Agnès Lemarchand
French
Independent Director
Appointed in 2017 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (10/10)
Agnès Lemarchand (photo)

Agnès Lemarchand

Born in: 1954

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director, Member of the Audit Committee

Directorship expiry date: 2021

Diplomas: Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (France), Chemical engineering degree from MIT (Boston, US), MBA degree from INSEAD.
Activities outside Solvay: Former CEO IBFbiotechnics, Rhône-Poulenc (France). Former CEO Prodical, Ciments-Français, (France). Former CEO Lime Division, Lafarge (France). Former Executive Chairman of Steetley Dolomite Ltd (UK). Independent Director of the following listed companies : CGG Veritas (until Oct 2017) (USA/France), Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (France), BioMérieux (France).

Matti Livonen (photo) Matti Lievonen
Finnish
Independent Director
Appointed in 2017 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (5/6)
Matti Livonen (photo)

Matti Lievonen

Born in: 1958

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director

Directorship expiry date: 2022

Diplomas: BscEng, Electrical Engineering, Kuopio Institute of Technology, Finland eMBA, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Activities outside Solvay: Neste Corporation, Chairman & CEO until 1st november 2018 , CET member (Finland), Chairman of the Board of Fortum Board, SSAB, Board Member, Vice Chairman (Sweden) until 2018,Member of the Board of Nynäs AB, Ilmarinen, Supervisory Board Member (Finland), HE Finnish Fair Foundation, Member of the Board

Philippe Tournay (photo) Philippe Tournay
Belgian
Independent Director
Appointed in 2017 Presence at Board meetings in 2018 (6/6)
Philippe Tournay (photo)

Philippe Tournay

Born in: 1959

Solvay SA mandates: Independent Director

Directorship expiry date: 2022

Diploma: MA in economics LSM-UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain,Belgium)
Activities outside Solvay: Presa SA Owner & Managing Director (since 2003), Fondation Tournay Solvay, Vice Chairman (since 2007)

(1) Employed full time by the Solvay Group.