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Executive Leadership

A new organizational structure, effective 1 March 2019, consists of four Business Units and four Global Functional Domains. The new Bekaert Group Executive (BGE), led by Matthew Taylor, CEO, will focus on value growth and higher-level performance.

Business Units:

  • The Business Unit Rubber Reinforcement (serving industries that use tire cord, bead wire, hose reinforcement wire and transportation belt reinforcement) will be led ad interim by Lieven Larmuseau, until the appointment of a Divisional CEO Rubber Reinforcement.
  • The Business Unit Steel Wire Solutions (serving industrial, agricultural, consumer and construction markets with a broad range of steel wire products and solutions) is led by Stijn Vanneste, Divisional CEO Steel Wire Solutions.
  • The Business Unit Specialty Businesses (including building products, fiber technologies, combustion technology and sawing wire) is led by Jun Liao, Divisional CEO Specialty Businesses.
  • Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG, including the ropes and advanced cords businesses) is led by Brett Simpson, CEO of BBRG.

The business units will 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 will help them develop a customer-centric approach aligned with the specific needs and dynamics of their markets.

Global Functions:  

  • Frank Vromant will continue as CFO ad interim, until a new, permanent Chief Financial Officer is appointed. 
  • Rajita D’Souza remains Chief Human Resources Officer.
  • Curd Vandekerckhove is appointed Chief Operations Officer.
  • We are in process of recruiting an executive for the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer.
The functions will 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

Philip Eyskens
Senior Vice President General Counsel, Legal, IP & GRC

Oliver Forberich
Senior Vice President Stainless Technologies

Yvan Lippens
Senior Vice President Rubber Reinforcement Europe

Patrick Louwagie 
Senior Vice President Global Engineering 

Dirk Moyson 
Senior Vice President Global Operations Rubber Reinforcement

Steven Parewyck
Senior Vice President Latin America

Raf Rentmeesters
Senior Vice President Brazil

Luc Vankemmelbeke     
Senior Vice President Procurement

Piet Van Riet
Executive Vice President Steel Wire Solutions South & Central America
Geert Voet     
Executive Vice President Ropes BBRG

Zhigao Yu
Senior Vice President Technology Rubber Reinforcement
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