Executive Management

Executive Leadership

Bekaert's organizational structure consists of four Business Units and five Global Functional Domains. The Bekaert Group Executive (BGE), led by Yves Kerstens, CEO, focuses on value growth and higher-level performance.

Business Units

  • The Business Unit Rubber Reinforcement (serving the tire industries that use tire cord and bead wire) is led by Annie Xu-Huhmann, Divisional CEO Rubber Reinforcement.
  • The Business Unit Steel Wire Solutions (serving industrial, energy & utility, agricultural, consumer and construction markets with a broad range of steel wire products and solutions) is led by François Desné, Divisional CEO Steel Wire Solutions.
  • The Business Unit Specialty Businesses (including building products, fiber technologies, combustion technology and hose reinforcement wire) is led by Yves Kerstens, CEO.
  • Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG, including the ropes and advanced cords businesses) is led by François Desné.

Global Functions


Global P&L accountability for strategy and delivery

The business units have global P&L accountability for strategy and delivery in their distinct areas and therefore have dedicated production facilities and commercial and technology teams within their respective organization. This helps them develop a customer-centric approach aligned with the specific needs and dynamics of their markets.

Strategic business partners

The functions take a role as strategic business partners, accountable for providing specific expertise and services across the Group and ensuring the business has the right capability to deliver on short and long term goals. 

Executive & Senior Vice Presidents

  • Jan Boelens
    Senior Vice President Steel Wire Solutions EMEA
  • Bruno Cluydts
    Chief Strategy Officer BBRG
  • Jim Dobson
    Senior Vice President Ruber Reinforcement Technology
  • Philip Eyskens
    Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
  • Luc Godefroid
    Senior Vice President Steel Ropes
  • Katiana Iavarone
    Chief Procurement Officer
  • Raj Kalra
    Senior Vice President Rubber Reinforcement Sales, Marketing & Strategy 
  • Patrick Louwagie
    Senior Vice President Global Engineering and Operational Excellence
  • Ernst Lutz
    Chief Innovation & Technology Officer
  • Dirk Moyson
    Senior Vice President Rubber Reinforcement Global Operations 
  • Raf Rentmeesters
    Senior Vice President Building Products
  • Inge Schildermans
    Senior Vice President Energy Transition
  • Adam Touhig
    Senior Vice President Rubber Reinforcement Asia
  • Geert Voet
    Senior Vice President Steel Wire Solutions Americas
  • Daming Yu
    China President and Vice President Steel Wire Solutions Asia
  • Zhigao Yu
    Senior Vice President Rubber Reinforcement Strategic Projects