Chairman of the Board of Directors

Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Chairman of the Strategic Committee
Member of the Audit and Finance Committee

Appointed 2014

Bert De Graeve (°1955) started his career in 1980 with Arthur Andersen & Co. He joined Alcatel Bell in 1982 in the Finance Department. In 1991 he became General Manager Shanghai Bell Telephone Equipment Mfg. Cy in Shanghai. 

In 1994 he was appointed Vice President, Director Operations, Alcatel Trade International in Paris and in 1996 as Director International Affairs, Alcatel Alsthom in Paris. In 1996 he transferred to the Flemish Public Radio & TV Broadcaster (VRT) and became Managing Director VRT. In 2002 he left the VRT and joined Bekaert where he took up the assignments of Chief Financial and Administration Officer and General Secretary. Bert De Graeve was appointed CEO of Bekaert in May 2006. He stepped up to become Chairman of Bekaert in May 2014. 

Bert De Graeve is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Telenet and SCR-Sibelco. He is an independent director of UCB. Bert De Graeve is a member of the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC). He is also member of the Board of the Concours Reine Elisabeth.

Bert De Graeve has a Master in Law from the University of Ghent (1980). He also studied Financial Management at IPO (Antwerp) and became Master in Tax Management at VLEKHO (Brussels). 

better together

  • transmission-cable


    Alcan and Bekaert joined forces to install 210 miles of transmission cable


    Bekaert seamlessly adjusted the lengths of the reels to help Alcan’s trucks drive through mountainous terrain


    Alcan could meet their customer’s delivery requirements

  • ski


    Skiers count on safety when they go up the mountain


    In close cooperation Bekaert developed superior quality wires that meet the technical customer requirements of ropeway constructors


    The customer handles the production of the cables, but also on-site weaving (or splicing) and installation. The cables have a life expectancy up to 40 years

  • Bezinal-2000


    Although zinc provides a barrier to corrosion in most environments, specific conditions accelerate the corrosion process


    Bekaert, drawing from its deep expertise in coating technology, has developed an advanced zinc/aluminum coating


    Bezinal® 2000 increases corrosion resistance with up to 500% compared to traditional galvanization

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