23 August 2006  Bruno Humblet, new Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bruno Humblet will join Bekaert as Chief Financial Officer per October 1, 2006. He succeeds Mr Bert De Graeve, who was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Bruno Humblet, a Belgian national, has obtained a Commercial Engineering degree at the Solvay Business School of the Brussels University. He has 17 years of international business experience in areas as supply chain management, finance, audit and treasury. Most recently he held the position of Director of Treasury (Europe, Middle East, Africa) at Procter & Gamble.

Bruno Humblet is married and father of 3 children.

Bert De Graeve, CEO, comments : “I am very pleased with Bruno Humblet joining Bekaert. Bruno brings a lot of business and finance experience to our Bekaert Group Executive Committee. He has also a proven track record of leading effectively international teams.”