ERT is a forum for CEOs and Chairs of leading companies of European parentage in the industrial and technological sector, who share the values of freedom, tolerance, equality and openness.
ERT Membership is individual, not corporate, and is by invitation only. Our Members are united by a vision for a strong, open and competitive Europe, as a driver for inclusive growth and sustainable prosperity.
We are committed to playing our part in strengthening Europe’s place in the world.
Jean-François van BoxmeerVodafone Group
Jean-François van Boxmeer is Chairman of Vodafone Group plc, a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Nominations Committee.
Prior to joining Vodafone in 2020, he was Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Heineken N.V. for a period of 15 years (from 2005 to June 2020).
He joined Heineken N.V. in 1984 as a trainee in production, sales and administration in the Netherlands. He moved to Africa in 1987 in Sales and Marketing roles, first in Rwanda and then in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC). He was appointed General Manager of the DRC operation in 1993.
In 1996 he returned to Europe to become President & General Manager of Zywiec S.A. in Poland, and in 2000 he was appointed Managing Director of Heineken Italia. In 2001 he joined the Executive Board of the Heineken Group, with worldwide responsibility for supply chain and technical services, as well as the operating businesses in North-West Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.
After his appointment as Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer in 2005, Jean-François was to oversee a period of significant growth with the company consolidating its position as the most geographically diverse brewer in the world, the largest in Europe and the second largest globally.
Jean-François joined the Board of Mondelez International Inc. (formerly Kraft Foods Inc.) as an Independent Director in 2010 and has served as its Lead Director since 2020.
He is a member of the Shareholders Committee of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Germany since 2013 and is non-executive Director at Heineken Holding N.V. since 2020.
In 2005, he became a Member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and served as its Vice-Chair from 2016 to mid-2020.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of De Nationale Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam.
Jean-François studied at the Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix S.J. in Namur (Belgium) and obtained a Masters in Economics in 1984.
Nancy McKinstryWolters Kluwer
Nancy McKinstry (United States, 1959) is Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer since September 1, 2003, and Member of the Executive Board since June 1, 2001.
Before assuming her present position in 2003, Ms McKinstry gained more than a decade of experience at Wolters Kluwer and its operating companies in North America. She previously served as CEO of Wolters Kluwer’s operations in North America. She also was President and CEO of Legal Information Services, currently part of Wolters Kluwer’s Governance, Risk & Compliance division. Earlier, Ms McKinstry held product management positions with CCH INCORPORATED, part of Wolters Kluwer’s Tax & Accounting division since 1995.
Early in her career, she held management positions with Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton), an international management-consulting firm, where she focused on assignments in the media and technology industries.
Ms McKinstry is a member of the Board of Directors of professional services company Accenture, healthcare company Abbott and of executive search company Russell Reynolds Associates. She is also a member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School.
Ms McKinstry has repeatedly been included in leading lists of business media as one of the most powerful women in business. She is among Fortune International Most Powerful Women in Business list and she is included in the HBR Best-Performing CEOs in the World for 2019.
Ms McKinstry earned her MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University, New York, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In May 2005, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Rhode Island in recognition of her contributions to business.
Dimitri PapalexopoulosTITAN Cement
Dimitri Papalexopoulos is Chairman of TITAN Cement Group, an international cement and building materials producer active since 1902. TITAN aspires to combine an entrepreneurial spirit and operating excellence, with respect for people, society and the environment.
TITAN directly employs 5,500 people, operates production facilities in 10 countries on four continents and is commercially active in many more. The Group seeks an active role in the commons, both on a local and a global scale. Among other collaborations, TITAN is an active member of the WBCSD, was the first company in Greece and among the first 500 global signatories of the United Nations Global Compact.
A firm believer in the European project, Dimitri serves as Vice-Chairman of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) since November 2018 and is a Member of its Steering Committee and Chair of the Energy Transition & Climate Change Committee. At the same time, he is Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), and sits on the Board of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Endeavor Greece
Prior to joining TITAN in 1989, he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and Munich.
Dimitri holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and speaks Greek, English, French and German.
He is married and has three children.
Born in France in 1956, Jean-Paul Agon joined L’Oréal in 1978 after graduating from HEC international business school.
After a brief stint in 1980 as a product manager for the Consumer Products Division in France, he began his international career in 1981 at 24 years old, becoming Managing Director of the Consumer Products subsidiary of L’Oréal in Greece.
In 1985, Jean-Paul Agon was recalled to France to become the General Manager of L’Oréal Paris in France. He launched the Studio Line range and relaunched the Plénitude and Elsève brands.
In 1989, then-CEO Lindsay Owen-Jones entrusted him with leading Biotherm, a brand of the Luxury Products Division, where he undertook a strategic repositioning.
In 1994, Jean-Paul Agon took over the management of L’Oréal in Germany, then the largest European market after France. He ran the subsidiary for three years.
In 1997, Lindsay Owen-Jones asked Jean-Paul Agon to set-up and lead the L’Oréal Asia Zone, lending fresh impetus to these still emerging markets.
In September 2001, Jean-Paul Agon was appointed President of L’Oréal’s North American subsidiaries, the first market worldwide that represented about a quarter of the Group’s sales.
The Board of Directors appointed him as Chief Executive Officer in 2006, then as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Jean-Paul Agon has been holding the office of Chairman of the Board of Directors without assuming the office of Chief Executive Officer since 1 May 2021.
In 2009, he received the Ethical Resource Center’s Pace Leadership in Ethics Award for L’Oréal’s achievements in the area of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency and sustainable development, and in 2015 he was named Visionary of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily.
Jean-Paul Agon is a Director of Air Liquide, a Member of the European Round Table for Industry, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum. He is also an Officer of the French Legion of Honour.
Zoltán Áldott has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MOL and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Slovnaft since 25 June 2018.
Between 1990 and 1991, Zoltán Áldott was an associate at Creditum Financial Consulting Ltd. Between 1992 and 1995, he held various positions at Eurocorp Financial Consulting Ltd. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Manager of MOL’s Privatisation Department and from 1997 until 1999, he was Director of Capital Markets. In 1999, Zoltán Áldott served as Director of Strategy & Business Development. From November 2000, he acted as Chief Strategy Officer and as Group Chief Strategy Officer from June 2001.
He was Executive Vice President of MOL’s Exploration & Production Division between September 2004 and June 2011. Zoltán Áldott acted as President of INA Management Board between 1 April 2010 and 31 May 2018, and between 2001 and May 2018 he was a member of the MOL Executive Board.
José María Álvarez-PalleteTelefónica
Mr Álvarez-Pallete is Chairman & CEO of Telefónica S.A since April 2016 and member of the Board of Directors since July 2006.
He is executing a deep transformation of Telefónica, one of the world’s leading telecommunications service providers, into a technology company. As a firm advocate of a human-centric digitalization, he is leading the debate on the safe and ethical use of both data and Artificial Intelligence. Mr Álvarez-Pallete has called for a new digital bill of rights to ensure nobody is left behind in the fourth industrial revolution.
He joined the Telefónica Group in 1999 as a General Manager of Finance for Telefónica Internacional. Later that same year he became CFO of Telefónica S.A. In 2002 he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Internacional. Between 2006 and 2011 he was Managing Director of Telefónica Latin America. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe in 2011, and was appointed COO of Telefónica, S.A. in 2012.
He began his professional career with Auditors Arthur Young in 1987, before joining Benito & Monjardín / Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1988. He joined Cemex in 1995. In 1998 he was promoted to General Manager for Administration and Finance responsible for the Cemex Group´s interests in Indonesia.
He has a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also studied Economics at the Free University of Brussels, in Belgium, and holds an International Management Programme from IPADE.
Among many other distinctions, in 2016 he was named Spain’s ‘Best CEO’ by Forbes magazine and, in 2019, he received the Asociación Española de Directivos’ ‘Manager of the Year’ award in the Large Corporations category and was chosen “Business Leader of the Year” by the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce.
Nils S. AndersenAkzoNobel
Nils Andersen is the Chairman of AkzoNobel’s Supervisory Board and he is also the Chairman of Unilever. In addition, he is the Chairman of WFS too and is also a member of the Board of The Salling Foundation.
From 2007 to 2016, Nils Andersen held the position of Group CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S. Prior to this, he served as the chief executive and president of Carlsberg A/S from 2001 to 2007, having previously held the position of Executive Vice President. From 1997 to 1999 he was CEO of the Drinks Division of Hero Group and previously held various senior management roles in the Carlsberg Group. He has extensive experience in fast-moving consumer goods, oil and gas and transport and logistics.
Nils Andersen holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He also completed an Advanced Management Programme at Wharton Business School and various Executive Management Programmes at Harvard, IMD and Stanford.
Nils Andersen was a member of the European Round Table for Industry from 2001 to 2016 and again since 2018. He served as the group’s vice-chair from 2012 to 2016 and is currently chair of the ERT Committee on Competition Policy.
Chief Executive Officer of Sonae since April 2019.
Has been working at Sonae Group since 1994, where she has held several positions in companies from different activity sectors.
Began her professional path in the Visa Universe project, having been in charge of Optimus’ Marketing and Privates Management in 1998.
Between 2001 and 2018, she took the lead of Sonae Investment Management, a company dedicated to managing investment in information technology applied to retail and communication.
In 2013 she was appointed CEO of Sonae Capital, a PSI 20-listed company, responsible for managing a diversified company portfolio in the sectors of energy, real estate, tourism, fitness and industry.
Currently a member of the Executive Boards of Efanor, Sonae, MC, Worten, NOS, Sonaecom and Sonae Capital, among others.
Has a degree in Management, at Universidade Cat61ica Portuguesa, an MBA at INSEAD and has attended several management courses at the universities of Harvard and Stanford.
Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum was born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on February 19, 1967. He studied chemical engineering in Karlsruhe. After a subsequent period of academic work at the Karlsruhe Research Centre, he obtained a doctorate from the University of Cottbus.
Leonhard Birnbaum began his professional career as a management consultant at McKinsey in Düsseldorf. After holding various positions – including at McKinsey’s office in Houston, USA – he was Senior Partner for the energy and industrial sector. In 2008, he joined RWE AG and was appointed to the Board of Management the same year. He served as Chief Strategy Officer and as RWE Group’s Chief Commercial Officer until 2013.
In 2013, Leonhard Birnbaum was appointed as member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE and took on a variety of responsibilities within the Board. From 2018 until 2021 he was responsible for the innogy integration project. From 2019 to 2020, he was also Chairman of the Board of Management of innogy SE.
In 2021, Leonhard Birnbaum was appointed to his current role as CEO of E.ON SE. In this position, he is responsible for the E.ON Group’s Communications & Political Affairs, Corporate Audit, Culture & Performance, Group and Executive HR, HSE & Sustainability, Legal, Compliance & Security, Strategy & Innovation and Nuclear Coordination.
Leonhard Birnbaum is Vice-President of the Presidium of BDEW, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, Vice-President of Eurelectric, the European Electricity Association, and Vice Chair of the World Energy Council.
Leonhard Birnbaum is married and has two daughters.
Martin BrudermüllerBASF SE
Dr. Martin Brudermüller is Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, a role he has held since 2018.
He is responsible for Corporate Legal, Compliance, Tax & Insurance; Corporate Development; Corporate Communications & Government Relations; Corporate Human Resources; Corporate Investor Relations.
In May 2011, he became Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.
Martin Brudermüller has been a member of the board of executive directors since 2006, and during this time he was also responsible for the Asia Pacific region headquartered in Hong Kong, and the Performance Materials division. Prior to this, since 2003, he was President of the Functional Polymers division. From 2001 to 2003 he was Senior Vice President Strategic Planning.
Martin Brudermüller started his career with BASF in 1988 in the Ammonia Laboratory. From 1993 to 1995 he worked in New Business Development/Marketing in the Intermediates division. Transferring in 1995 to BASF Italia Spa, Milan, Italy, as Head of Sales Intermediates, Pharma Chemicals. Following this assignment, he became Staff to the Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and, from 1999 onwards, was a director in the Fine Chemicals operating division.
Martin Brudermüller was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1961. From 1980, he studied Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and received his degree in 1985.
After earning his doctorate in Karlsruhe in 1987, he completed a post doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2019, he became Chair of ERT’s Committee on Competitiveness & Innovation.
In addition, he is currently the President of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). In 2021, he was also appointed to the Supervisory Board of Mercedes-Benz Group AG and is a Member of the Presidium of the German Business Association BDI and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW).
Pierre-André de ChalendarSaint-Gobain
Pierre-André de Chalendar is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and École Nationale d’Administration. A former civil servant (Inspecteur des Finances), he served as deputy to the Director General for Energy and Raw Materials within the French Ministry of Industry.
Pierre-André de Chalendar joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 1989 as Vice-President, Corporate Planning. He was subsequently Vice-President of the Abrasives business in Europe (1992-1996), President of the Abrasives business worldwide (1996-2000) and General Delegate for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (2000-2002) before being appointed Senior Vice-President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in charge of the Building Distribution Sector in 2003.
He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 2005 and elected to the Board in 2006. Pierre-André de Chalendar was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. As of July 2021, he has stepped down as CEO, but continues in the role of Chairman.
Pierre-André de Chalendar is also a director of BNP Paribas. He is Vice-President of Entreprises pour l’Environnement, which he chaired from 2012 to 2015. He was appointed co-President of La Fabrique de l’industrie in July 2017 and Chairman of ESSEC Business School’s Supervisory Board since February 2019.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Engie in May 2018.
He was CEO and Board Member of Solvay between 2012 and 2019. He joined Solvay in September 2011 as member of the Executive Committee, after the acquisition of Rhodia by Solvay. Previously, he was Rhodia’s Chief Executive Officer since 2003 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2008.
Before joining the chemical industry, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and had a nine-year career at the French Civil Service, including as advisor to the Minister of Labour.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu is Chairman of the Board of Opéra de Paris, and a member of the board of directors of Axa and Airbus. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) between 2016 and 2020, President of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) between 2014 and 2016, and a member of the board of directors of the International Chemical Industry Council (ICCA). Jean-Pierre Clamadieu was Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission of MEDEF between 2007 and 2014.
Rodolfo De BenedettiCIR
Rodolfo De Benedetti (Turin, 1961) has been Chairman of CIR since his appointment in April 2013.
The CIR group, of which he is a controlling shareholder together with his brothers Marco and Edoardo, operates in healthcare (KOS) and auto components (Sogefi) sectors. Within the group he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sogefi.
Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of CIR from 1993 and of COFIDE from 1995. He joined COFIDE in 1988 as Director of International Affairs and was subsequently appointed General Manager. In 1990 he also became General Manager of CIR.
Before that, he worked from September 1985 to December 1986 for Lombard Odier, one of the main private banking groups in Switzerland based in Geneva, as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. From January 1987 to January 1988 he worked for Shearson Lehman Brothers (New York) as an Associate in its Merchant Banking Group.
Currently he is a shareholder and director of Decalia Asset Management S.A., an international investment management company established in 2014.
He is a board member of Aon Italia, a risk management, insurance and re-insurance brokering company, and of October, a non-banking financing platform for small and medium-sized businesses.
He is a member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), a forum made up of more than 50 of the most important European companies from various sectors and is also chairman of the European Advisory Board of Harvard Business School.
Rodolfo De Benedetti graduated from Geneva in 1982 in Political Economics and in 1985 in Law.
He’s married to Emmanuelle de Villepin and is father to Neige, Alix and Mita.
Rafael del PinoFerrovial
Rafael del Pino Calvo-Sotelo (Madrid, 1958) has been Chairman of Ferrovial since 2000, having held the position of CEO from 1992 to 2000. He has also been a board member of Zurich Insurance Group, Banesto and Uralita.
He is a Civil Engineer graduate from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Currently, he is patron of the Rafael del Pino Foundation, the Princess of Girona Foundation, the Caminos Foundation (CICCP) and the Spain-US Council Foundation. He is also a member of the Honor Committee of the South Summit, the Hong Kong – Europe Business Council, the European Round Table for Industry and the World Economic Forum.
He maintains an active role in academia, the MIT Energy Initiative’s External Advisory Board, the MIT Sloan School of Management European Advisory Board, the International Advisory Board of IESE and the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. In addition, he is a permanent academic at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as the Global Leader of Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum, the Medal of Honor of the College of Civil Engineers, the Sorolla Medal of the Hispanic Society of America, the Capital Award for the Business Trajectory and the Business Leader Award of the Year of La Información. He has also received the Award for the Business Trajectory of La Razón and the Conde de Campomanes Prize for the Business Work from the Nobility Body of the Principality of Asturias. In addition, Rafael del Pino was named Honorary Ambassador of the ‘Spain brand’ by the Leading Brands of Spain Forum in recognition of his business management. In 2019 he received the ASTER Professional Career Award.
Born in Milan, Claudio Descalzi has been Eni’s CEO since May 2014. He is a member of the General Council, the Advisory Board of Confindustria, Director of Fondazione Teatro alla Scala and a member of the National Petroleum Council.
Claudio Descalzi joined Eni in 1981 as Oil & Gas field petroleum engineer and then became project manager for the development of North Sea, Libya, Nigeria and Congo. In 1990 he was appointed Head of Reservoir and operating activities for Italy.
In 1994, he was appointed Managing Director of Eni’s subsidiary in Congo and in 1998 he became Vice President & Managing Director of Naoc, a subsidiary of Eni in Nigeria. From 2000 to 2001 he was Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and China. From 2002 to 2005 he was Executive Vice President for Italy, Africa and Middle East, also covering the role of member of the board of several Eni subsidiaries in the area.
In 2005, he was appointed Deputy COO of the Exploration & Production Division. From 2006 to 2014 he was President of Assomineraria and from 2008 to 2014 he was COO in the Exploration & Production Division. From 2010 to 2014 he was Chairman of Eni UK.
In 2012, Claudio Descalzi was the first European in the field of Oil & Gas to receive the prestigious Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers. He is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Oxford. In December 2015 he became a member of the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In December 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Degree in Environmental and Territorial Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome, Tor Vergata.
In July 2018 he has joined the mothers2mothers UK Board of Trustees.
Claudio Descalzi graduated in physics in 1979 from the University of Milan.
Stefan DoboczkyHeubach Group
Dr. Stefan Doboczky joined Heubach Group as CEO as per Jan 10th 2022.
The Heubach group is a Specialty chemical company headquarter in Vienna (Austria). The company was created beginning of 2022 by a merger of two leaders in the colorants space, the Heubach Group and Clariant Colorants, a division of the stock listed company Clariant (CH). The company is now the number two in the area of Pigments and Colorant Solutions.
The company has globally 19 production hubs, the major ones are in Germany, India, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. The company employs about 3500 people, about half of them in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Stefan Doboczky will continue also in his non-executive role as Member of the Supervisory Board of OMV, and Head of the Sustainability Committee.
Stefan was a Member of ERT as CEO of Lenzing from 2019 until 2021.
Mr. Doboczky holds a PhD in Natural Science from the Technical University of Vienna (A), as well as an MBA from IMD in Lausanne (CH).
Henrik Ehrnrooth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of KONE, a world leader in the elevator and escalator business.
KONE has consistently been the fastest growing global company in its industry as a result of its innovation leadership and focus on delivering the best outcomes for its customers. KONE’s vision is to provide the best people flow experience, and it transports around one billion people every day. Over 60,000 employees are working towards delivering the company’s vision.
Henrik Ehrnrooth joined the company in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and in April 2014 he was appointed President and CEO. Prior to joining KONE, Henrik Ehrnrooth had a career with several leadership positions in banking, most recently as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. He worked at Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2009, and at UBS from 1994 to 1998.
Henrik Ehrnrooth serves on the boards of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, the Mannerheim Foundation and the KONE Centennial Foundation. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) and a Member of the European Round Table for Industry.
During his free time he enjoys skiing, sailing and trail running. Henrik Ehrnrooth is married with two children.
Börje Ekholm is President and CEO of the Ericsson Group.
Börje Ekholm assumed this role on January 16, 2017. He knows the company and the industry well after being a board member of Ericsson for nearly ten years, first elected in 2006.
Most recently Börje Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB from 2015 until early 2017. Prior to assuming this position, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015.
Börje Ekholm’s other previous positions include Head of New Investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc, and various positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.
Börje Ekholm holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and a Master of Business Administration, from INSEAD, France. He also holds an honorary Doctorate at The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
He is a Board Member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Alibaba Inc. and Trimble Inc.
Guillaume Faury was appointed Airbus Chief Executive Officer in April 2019 and leads the Company’s Executive Committee.
Prior to being CEO, Guillaume was President of Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft business and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopters (2013-2018). His achievements included restructuring manufacturing systems and introducing new technologies.
Before his recent Airbus tenure, Guillaume enjoyed a four-year spell in the car industry with Peugeot (2009-2013), rising to become the Executive Vice-President for Research and Development and a member of the company’s management board.
Guillaume began his career in 1992 as a flight-test engineer for the Eurocopter Tiger helicopter in the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) – A French government agency responsible for the development and purchase of defence systems for the armed forces.
He then had his first stint at Airbus (1998-2008). He held various leadership positions in the helicopter business; then operating under the name Eurocopter. He became Executive-Vice President for Programmes and a member of the Executive Committee, before appointment as the Executive Director for Research and Development.
Guillaume’s love of flying and aviation dates back to his childhood. He is a qualified light-aircraft pilot and helicopter flight-test engineer with 1,300 hours of flying experience.
Guillaume graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris, and subsequently from the École nationale supérieure de l’aéronautique et de l’espace in Toulouse.
Christoph Franz was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1960. After graduating from Darmstadt Technical University and the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in Industrial Engineering, he earned his PhD in Political Science from Darmstadt Technical University and worked as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley.
He started his career at Lufthansa AG in 1990 and joined Deutsche Bahn AG in 1994, where he was appointed a member of the executive board and CEO of the Passenger Transport Division. He was then appointed CEO of Swiss International Air Lines AG in 2004 and was later promoted to CEO of Lufthansa Airlines in 2009. From 2011 to 2014, Christoph Franz was CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Christoph Franz has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Roche Holding AG since March 2014.
Further mandates include the boards of Stadler Rail AG and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Ernst Göhner Foundation, the Advisory Board of University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Member of the Assembly and the Council of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Christoph Franz was appointed Honorary Professor for Business Administration at University of St. Gallen (HSG) in May 2017.
Christoph Franz is married and a father of five children.
Ignacio S. GalánIberdrola
Born in Salamanca (Spain) in 1950, Ignacio Galán graduated as an Industrial Engineer from ICAI of Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid.
Ignacio Galán is Executive Chairman of Iberdrola, and Chairman of ScottishPower, Avangrid and Neoenergia, the country subholding companies of the Iberdrola Group in the UK, USA and Brazil, respectively. Since he joined Iberdrola in 2001, his vision for international expansion, renewable energies and sustainability has transformed the company into one of the largest in the sector, with presence in dozens of countries.
He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde in the UK, and the University of Salamanca in Spain. Ignacio Galán is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Chairman of the Social Council of the University of Salamanca and a Patron of the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation. He is also on the Presidential CEO Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ignacio Galán is a member of the Electricity Cluster at the World Economic Forum, which he has chaired in the past, and a member of the Steering Committee of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and of JP Morgan International Council.
Among other recognitions, in 2020 he received the Management Leadership Award by the Spanish Association for Quality (AEC) and the Forinvest Award for his professional career. In 2019 he was selected as one the best five world CEOs on the Harvard Business Review Ranking, and he was recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 30 leaders in the fight against climate change. He also received the National Innovation and Design Award Winner 2019 in the Innovative Career category granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. In 2018 he was named Best CEO in the European utilities sector for the eleventh time by the Institutional Investor Research Group.
Ignacio Galán was also named Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2014 by Queen Elizabeth II.
Óscar García MaceirasInditex
Born in A Coruña, 1975.
Chief Executive Officer since November 2021.
A law graduate from Universidade de A Coruña and State Attorney, a position he held in his city of birth between 2001 and 2005.
In 2005 he joined Banco Pastor, first as Chief Legal Officer and later as its General Counsel and Board Secretary.
In 2012 he was named Deputy Secretary of the Board and Head of Corporate Legal Department at Banco Popular. That same year, Mr. García Maceiras was appointed Managing Director of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs at SAREB, Spain’s management company for assets arising from bank restructuring, as well as its General Counsel and Board Secretary.
In 2016 he joined Banco Santander as Group General Counsel and Deputy Secretary of the Board of Directors, where he stayed until his appointment as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Inditex in 2021.
Belén GarijoMerck Group
Belén Garijo is the Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck. She joined Merck in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer of the Biopharma business, becoming President and CEO of Healthcare in 2015. Before taking her current office in May 2021, Belén Garijo served as Vice-Chair of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO.
Under her leadership of the Healthcare business, Merck became a key global player in oncology, immunology, and immuno-oncology. This success followed her repositioning of the portfolio, the reorganization of R&D and the realignment of the commercial model. In addition, Belén Garijo forged two major global alliances that further contributed to the value of the Healthcare portfolio. She also focused on the globalization of the business to expand Merck`s position within the U.S., Japan, and other high-growth markets.
Before joining Merck, Belén Garijo served as the Senior Vice President of Global Operations Europe at Sanofi-Aventis and Global Integration Leader of Genzyme after its acquisition by Sanofi. She previously held several local and global executive positions, both in R&D and commercial, at various companies at the forefront of the healthcare sector.
Belén Garijo is a medical doctor specializing in clinical pharmacology. She started her career as a practicing physician at La Paz hospital in Madrid, Spain, before moving into the pharmaceutical industry.
Belén Garijo was born on July 31, 1960 in Almansa, Spain. She is married and has two daughters.
Paul Hermelin spent the first fifteen years of his professional life in the French government, primarily in the Ministry of Finance. He held a number of posts in the Budget Office and on various ministry staffs, including that of Finance Minister Jacques Delors. He was chief of staff to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Minister of Industry and Trade, from 1991 to 1993.
Hermelin joined the Capgemini Group in May 1993, where he was first placed in charge of coordinating central functions. Taking a seat on Cap Gemini’s Directoire in May 1996, he was named CEO of Cap Gemini France and, in May 2000, following the merger between Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young Consulting (which he initiated), he became deputy CEO of the Group and member of the Board.
In December 2001, the Board of Directors accepted Serge Kampf’s proposal to appoint him CEO of the Capgemini Group as of January 1, 2002. In May 2012, Paul Hermelin became Chairman and CEO of the Capgemini Group.
In June 2018, he was appointed President of Festival d’Aix.
Following the separation of the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, which took place on May 20, 2020 as part of the succession to the Group’s general management, he retains the chairmanship of the Board of Directors of Capgemini SE.
Paul Hermelin graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1972 and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1978.
Christel Heydemann is Chief Executive Officer at the Orange Group since 4 April 2022.
She graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (France) and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France).
She began her career in 1997 at the Boston Consulting Group. In 1999 she joined Alcatel where she held various executive positions, notably during the merger of Alcatel and Lucent. In 2005 she moved to the sales division of Alcatel-Lucent where she was in charge of SFR and Orange key accounts.
In 2008 she was appointed Sales Director France and Member of the Executive Committee of Alcatel-Lucent France. In 2009 she negotiated a strategic alliance with HP in the United States and was then promoted in 2011 to the position of Executive Vice President Human Resources and Transformation.
She joined Schneider Electric in 2014 as Strategic Alliances Senior Vice President with the mission of accelerating, launching and promoting IoT solutions through the development of strong partner network, before being appointed in 2016 Corporate Strategy & Alliances Senior Vice President.
Timotheus HöttgesDeutsche Telekom
Timotheus Höttges, born 1962, has been Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG since January 2014.
From 2009 until his appointment as CEO, he was a member of the Group Board of Management, responsible for finance and controlling.
From 2006 to 2009 he was a member of the Board of Management responsible for the T-Home unit, in charge of fixed-network and broadband business, as well as integrated sales and service in Germany. Under his leadership, T-Home became the market leader in terms of new DSL customers and developed its Internet TV service, Entertain, into a mass-market product while at the same time stabilising its profitability.
After successfully implementing various cost-cutting programs at T-Home and in the European mobile communications subsidiaries, Timotheus Höttges became responsible for the group-wide Save for Service efficiency enhancement program.
From 2005 until being appointed to the Group Board of Management, Timotheus Höttges headed European operations as member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International. From 2000 to 2004, he was Managing Director, Finance and Controlling, before becoming Chairman of the Managing Board of T-Mobile Deutschland.
Timotheus Höttges studied business administration at Cologne University, and then spent three years with a business consultancy, latterly as a project manager.
At the end of 1992, he moved to the VIAG Group in Munich, becoming divisional manager in 1997 and then a member of the extended management board responsible for controlling, corporate planning, and mergers and acquisitions.
As project manager, he played a central role in the merger of VIAG AG and VEBA AG to form E.ON AG, which became effective on 27th September 2000.
Roy JakobsRoyal Philips
Roy Jakobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Philips. As CEO, he is also Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee.
With his extensive global executive leadership experience, Roy drives Philips’ strategy to help deliver people-centered, high-quality care. He is committed to helping doctors and nurses provide better, more sustainable and more convenient care in hospitals, clinics and the home, and empowering people to take care of their health and well-being.
His track record over the last 25 years reflects his passion to help address wider societal challenges. He has driven (digital) transformations in energy, scientific information publishing, and health technology in multinational companies. In doing so, he has built high-performing teams, leveraged digital innovation and M&A in business-to-business, business-to-consumer and business-to government segments to create value for multiple stakeholders, including patients, customers and society.
In 2018, Roy joined the Executive Committee as Chief Business Leader of the Personal Health businesses and returned these businesses to growth. Early in 2020, he was put in charge of the turnaround of Connected Care, as Chief Business Leader, where he was at the forefront of managing the COVID crisis response, serving millions of patients and customers with (virtual) monitoring and respiratory care solutions. In 2021, he took responsibility to address the June 2021 Respironics recall notification/field safety notice on behalf of Philips, while continuing to change the delivery of healthcare across care settings, leveraging (digital) technology to improve outcomes at lower cost. He also initiated and led the successful acquisitions of BioTelemetry, Capsule Technologies and Cardiologs, which have significantly enhanced the company’s patient monitoring and diagnostics solutions offering across hospital and ambulatory settings.
Since joining Philips in 2010, other positions he has held include Business Leader of Domestic Appliances, based in Shanghai, Market Leader for Philips Middle East & Turkey and Chief Marketing Officer for Philips Lighting. Prior to his career at Philips, he held various management positions at Royal Dutch Shell in their retail businesses and at Reed Elsevier, where he transformed the business from print to digital as Managing Director.
Roy was born in the Netherlands in 1974. He is married with three children and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy. He also holds a Master’s in Marketing from TIAS School for Business and Society and completed the New Board Program from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, both in the Netherlands. He speaks Dutch, English, German, Italian and Portuguese.
Jan Jenisch is CEO of Holcim since 2017.
Under his leadership, Holcim reached a new level of financial performance and growth, with transformational acquisitions such as Firestone Building Products.
With revenues of CHF 23Billion in 2020 and a footprint spanning 75 countries with 70’000 people, Jan has established Holcim as a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions.
Under Jan’s leadership, Holcim committed to become a net zero company, working in partnership with the Science-Based Targets initiative, and set itself the most ambitious climate objectives in its industry.
Building a net zero future, Holcim is leading a new generation of green building solutions, such as ECOPact green concrete or Susteno circular cement. Driving the circular economy, Holcim is a world leader in recycling, with 46 Million tons of materials recycled across its business in 2020.
Jan is a Member of the Executive Committee of The World Business Council for Sustainable Development as well as of the Global Cement and Concrete Association. He is also a Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. In addition, he serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at Glas Troesch SA.
Previously, Jan was the CEO of Swiss-based Sika (2012-2017), a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the building sector and motor vehicle industry.
Leif Johansson is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board at AstraZeneca Plc. He has been a member of the board since April 2012 and Chairman since June 2012. Leif Johansson is also Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
From 1997 to 2011, he was Chief Executive Officer of AB Volvo. Prior to that, Leif Johansson served at AB Electrolux, latterly as Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 1997. He was a non-executive director of BMS from 1998 to September 2011, serving on the board’s Audit Committee, and Compensation and Management Development Committee. Leif was the chairman of global telecommunications company LM Ericsson from 2011 until March 2018 and was a member of the board of SCA from to April 2006 to April 2016. He holds a Master of Science in engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.
Leif Johansson holds board positions at Autoliv, Inc and Ecolean AB. He has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 1994, serving as Chairman between 2012 and 2017. He is also a member of the European Round Table for Industry, which he chaired from 2009 to 2014, a member of the Council of Advisors, the Boao Forum for Asia and a delegate to the China Development Forum.
Leif Johansson holds two honorary Doctorates of Technology, from Chalmers University of Technology and the Blekinge Institute of Technology, and an honorary Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Gothenburg.
Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company which, through its purpose, values and science, contributes to protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life.
Under her purpose-driven leadership and mandate to unleash Solvay’s potential, Solvay developed and launched in less than a year its strategy G.R.O.W. with its bold and holistic Solvay One Planet sustainability objectives, as well as Solvay’s Purpose: We bond People, Ideas and Elements to Reinvent Progress. Soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she created the Solvay Solidarity Fund for employees and their families who are in need due to the crisis.
Dr. Kadri is a world citizen with a rich professional experience across a variety of industries in four continents and with leading industrial multinationals, including Shell, UCB, Huntsman, Dow Chemical and Sealed Air. Prior to Solvay, Ilham Kadri was CEO and President of Diversey in the United States, having led the company’s return to profitability and resulting spin off and divestiture.
Ilham Kadri is an independent board member at A.O. Smith and at L’Oréal. In addition, she is an Executive Committee member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, member of the steering committee of the European Round Table for Industry, as well as a permanent member of the International Business Council.
Dr. Kadri holds a degree in chemical engineering from L’École des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg and a PhD in macromolecular physico-chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University.
Ola KälleniusMercedes-Benz Group AG
Ola Källenius has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2015, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since end of the Annual Meeting of Daimler AG on May 22, 2019. He is also Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG.
In his prior position, he has been Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development (since January 1, 2017) and for Marketing & Sales (from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2017). Before his assignment in Marketing & Sales, he was the CEO of the performance and sports car division Mercedes-AMG GmbH for three years after having led Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., the Mercedes-Benz production plant in Alabama in 2009. From 2005 – 2009, Ola Källenius was the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines Ltd. in Brixworth, UK – Daimler’s Formula 1 powertrain operation. He assumed this position after his role as Executive Director of Operations for McLaren Automotive Ltd. and after holding several Management positions within the Procurement and Controlling organization of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Ola Källenius was born on June 11, 1969, in Västervik/Sweden. After obtaining Abitur (university entrance examination) at Grammar School of Danderyd (Sweden), he did his military service in the Swedish army in 1988/89. From 1989 until 1993 he studied at the Stockholm School of Economics (Master in Finance and Accounting) and the CEMS Programm (Master of International Management) at the University of St. Gallen. He joined the then Daimler-Benz AG as Trainee within the International Management Associate Program in 1993.
Christian Klein is Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. In his role as COO, Klein leads SAP’s transformation into an Intelligent Enterprise by focusing on business process simplification, global IT, product and services quality, portfolio and investment strategy, intelligent data and analytics, and value achievement through digital innovation adoption to the benefit of both customers and employees.
Prior to becoming CEO, Klein in addition to his role as COO headed the Intelligent Enterprise Group, combining global responsibility for the development and delivery of SAP’s core applications with the cross-board area mandate for SAP’s global business operations. Klein’s Intelligent Enterprise Group drove SAP’s digital core development functions and product management. This included SAP’s flagship product SAP S/4HANA, SAP Digital Supply Chain, and managing SAP’s rich industry-specific portfolio.
Klein started his career at SAP in 1999 as a student. He held various positions in Active Global Support Operations, Services Operations, and Global Controlling, and served as Chief Financial Officer of SAP SuccessFactors (2011-2012). In 2014, he became Chief Controlling Officer and on April 1, 2016, he was named Chief Operating Officer. In October 2019, Christian Klein and Jennifer Morgan were appointed Co-CEOs of SAP SE. On April 20, 2020, Christian Klein was appointed sole CEO of SAP SE.
Klein holds a diploma in International Business Administration from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim, Germany.
Helge Lund is Chairman of the Board of BP Plc and Novo Nordisk AS, and serves as Operating advisor to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.
Helge Lund served as chief executive of BG Group plc, UK, from 2015 to 2016 when the company was acquired by Shell. Prior to that Mr Lund served as President and CEO of Equinor ASA (formerly known as Statoil ASA) from 2004 to 2014. From 2002 to 2004 Mr Lund served as President & CEO of Aker Kvaerner ASA, an industrial conglomerate with operations in oil and gas, engineering and construction, pulp and paper and shipbuilding. Prior to this Mr Lund has also held executive positions in Aker RGI ASA, an industrial holding company, and Hafslund Nycomed, an industrial group with business activities in pharmaceuticals and energy. He has worked as consultant for McKinsey & Company and has served as a political advisor for the parliamentary group of the Conservative party in Norway.
Mr Lund is a member of the boards of P/F Tjaldur, Faroe Islands, and Belron SA, Luxembourg. Furthermore, Mr Lund is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group.
Helge Lund served as a member of the Board of Directors in Nokia (2011-14) and Schlumberger (2016-18).
Mr Lund has an MA in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD business school in France.
A Norwegian national, Helge Lund is married with two children.
Pekka Lundmark became the President and CEO of Nokia on 1 August 2020.
Immediately prior to taking up his role at Nokia, he was President and CEO of Fortum Corporation. Over his five years leading Fortum, the company reshaped the energy system across much of Northern and Eastern Europe and beyond, improving resource efficiency and pursuing the future of energy generation. Pekka has publicly and repeatedly advocated for cleaner, more sustainable energy and circular economies driven by the adoption of smart technologies quickly and at scale.
Prior to this, Pekka held the position of President and CEO at Konecranes for a decade. During this time, the company became an early adopter of Fourth Industrial Revolution-associated technology such as predictive maintenance, helping drastically to increase revenue, EBITDA and market capitalization.
Previously, Pekka held the position of CEO in tech-focused venture capital and consumer goods firms. Before that he held senior roles at Nokia. He has also served as board member in technology and consumer good companies, and technology industry associations.
Pekka lives in Helsinki, Finland, after a career that has taken him to the U.S., Singapore, and Denmark. He earned a master’s degree in information systems from Helsinki University of Technology. Today he chairs the Confederation of Finnish Industries and holds advisory or oversight roles at the Climate Leadership Council, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Finnish Athletics Federation, among other groups.
Martin LundstedtAB Volvo
Born 1967. Master of Science in Industrial Management and Technology. President of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group.
Martin Lundstedt began his business career in 1992 when he joined Scania as a trainee. He has since then held various managerial positions within Engine Production and Engine Development. In 2001 he became Managing Director of Scania Production in Angers, France. In 2005 he was appointed Head of Product Marketing and member of the Executive Team. He was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Trucks in 2006 and in 2007 he became Head of Franchise and Factory Sales. Martin Lundstedt was the President and CEO of Scania AB from 2012 to 2015.
Martin Lundstedt joined Volvo on 22 October 2015 as President of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group and became a member of the Group Executive Team from the same date.
Martin Lundstedt is Chairman of Permobil AB. In 2022 Chairman of ACEA Commercial Vehicle and Board member of Autoliv AB. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Further he was the former Co-chairman of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.
Martin Lundstedt was awarded the Pontus Schultz prize for a more human economy in 2015.
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm awarded Martin Lundstedt the Gold medal for industrial cooperation in 2016.
The newspaper Affärsvärlden, appointed Martin Lundstedt “Leader of the year 2018.”
After graduating with a degree in finance, management and economics, Florent Menegaux joined PwC in 1986 as a consultant. He was soon appointed manager, specializing in interest rate risk control and management for banks.
In 1991, Exel Logistics France, a logistics and transport company, offered him the position of Finance Director. Six months later, he was promoted General Manager. From 1995 to 1996, Florent Menegaux was General Manager of the General Cargo Transport division for the Norbert Dentressangle Group.
In 1997, Florent Menegaux joined Michelin as Commercial Director for truck tires in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In 2000, Michelin appointed him Sales Director for Truck Tires Original Equipment and Replacement markets for North America. In 2003, he became head of Truck Tires for South America.
In 2005, he was appointed head of the Africa-Middle East Zone.
In 2006, Florent Menegaux became responsible for the Group’s Passenger Car and Light Truck Tire Replacement Business Unit for Europe, before being appointed EVP for the Passenger Car and Light Truck worldwide activities, becoming a member of the Group Executive Committee, in 2008. He also oversees Michelin’s Motorsports activities and Materials business.
In December 2014, he was appointed COO, then Senior EVP of the Michelin Group in 2017. Since January 2018, he also supervises the Group’s Business Directions, and the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Customer Experience Operational Directions.
On May 18, 2018, he was named General Managing Partner of the Group.
On May 17, 2019, Florent Menegaux became Chief Executive Officer of Michelin.
Martina Merz, born 1963, studied Engineering / Manufacturing Technology at DHBW Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart.
Martina Merz started her career in 1985, taking up different management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH. In 2002, she joined Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG as Executive Vice President, and returned to Bosch in 2005.
From 2012, Martina Merz worked as Chief Executive Officer for Chassis Brakes International. From 2015 to 2019, she worked as an Independent Business Consultant with memberships in the supervisory boards of Lufthansa AG, SAF-Holland, Imerys and Volvo AB.
In February 2019, Martina Merz was elected Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp AG.
Martina Merz is responsible for the region Greater China. Her corporate functions and services include Communications, Internal Auditing, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Transformation & Portfolio Development. Automotive Technology and Multi Track report directly to her.
Martina Merz has been CEO of thyssenkrupp AG since October 2019.
Lakshmi N. MittalArcelorMittal
Lakshmi N. Mittal is the Executive Chairman of ArcelorMittal. He founded Mittal Steel Company (formerly the LNM Group) in 1976 and guided its strategic development, culminating in the merger with Arcelor in 2006 to form the world’s largest steelmaker, with presence in 60 countries and employing around 168,000 people worldwide. In addition to leading the pace of consolidation in the steel industry with more than 45 years’ experience, he has been championing innovation and performance improvement.
Lakshmi N. Mittal is an active philanthropist and a member of the board of trustees of Cleveland Clinic. In addition to his membership of the ERT, he participates in the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the World Steel Association’s Executive Committee, the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Kazakhstan Foreign Investment Council and the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University.
Lakshmi N. Mittal is the chairman of Aperam and a member of the board of Goldman Sachs.
Among his many awards and honours, Lakshmi N. Mittal is a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, a Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, a fellowship from King’s College London and a Doctor Honoris Causa by the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.
Benoît PotierAir Liquide
Benoît Potier joined Air Liquide in 1981 as a Research and Development engineer after graduating from CentraleSupélec in Paris.
After serving as a Project Manager in the Engineering and Construction Division, he was made Vice-President of Energy Development in the large Industries business line. In 1993, Benoît Potier became Director of Strategy & Organization and, in 1994, was put in charge of the Chemicals, Metal & Steel, Oil and Energy markets.
He subsequently became an Executive Vice-President of Air Liquide in 1995 with additional responsibilities over the Engineering & Construction Division and the Large Industries operations in Europe.
Benoît Potier was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in 1997, to the Board of Directors in 2000 and became Chairman of the Management Board in November 2001. In 2006, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Air Liquide S.A.
On June 1st, 2022, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of L’Air Liquide S.A.
He has been a Member of the European Round Table for Industry since 2010. In 2014, he was elected Chair of the organisation for a term of 4 years.
Functions within the Air Liquide Group
• Chairman L’Air Liquide S.A., Air Liquide International Corporation (ALIC)
• Director: The Hydrogen Company
Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group
• Member of the Supervisory Board: Siemens AG* (member of the Nominating
• Co-chair: Conseil National de l’Hydrogène
• Member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), of the H2 Council,
• Member of Paris-Saclay university Strategic Orientation Committee
• Asia Business Council,
• Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy
A Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Chief Engineer of the French Corps des Mines, Patrick Pouyanné held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, including Environment and Industry Technical Advisor to the Prime minister from 1993 to 1995 and Chief of Staff to the information technology and space minister from 1995 to 1996.
Patrick Pouyanné joined the company TotalEnergies (ex Total) in January 1997, with positions in Angola and Qatar in 1999.
In August 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production, then Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production in 2006.
In January 2012, he was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee.
On October 22nd, 2014, Total’s Board of Directors appointed Patrick Pouyanné as Chief Executive Officer of Total, and he became simultaneously President of the Executive Committee.
On May 29th, 2015, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed at the Board of Directors of Total and on December 16th, 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.
On May 28th, 2021, Total became TotalEnergies.
Patrick Pouyanné is member of the Board of Cap Gemini, Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP), Institut du Monde Arabe, Ecole Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique of Paris. Patrick Pouyanné is also President of the Alliance for Education, French association against dropping out of school.
He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor.
Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since 16 May 2017.
He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security) since July 2017, member of IIT Foundation’s Council (Italian Institute of Technology) and member of COMI (Italian Committee of Market Operators and Investors) within CONSOB (Italian Companies and Stock Exchange Commission) since February 2019; member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) since mid-2019; member of the Scientific Committee of the Banca Impresa 2030 Observatory since November 2019, member of the Corporate Governance Committee (set up by ABI, ANIA, Assogestioni, Assonime, Borsa Italiana and Confindustria) since December 2019, President of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) since September 2020,
Co-Chairman of the Italy-Japan Business Group since October 2020.
Born in Genoa, Italy on 17 February 1957, he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University.
In 1977, he began his career at Banco Lariano, where he worked for ten years. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company where he was in charge of strategic and organisational projects for financial companies. In 1989, at Bain, Cuneo & Associati, he was in charge of developing relations with financial institutions.
In 1991, he left the company consultancy sector to join RAS – Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, where he was responsible, as General Manager, for the banking and parabanking sectors. He was also in charge of the yield increase of that company’s bank and of the other group companies operating in the field of asset management.
In 1994, he joined Credito Italiano (today Unicredit), where he was appointed Deputy General Manager and put in charge of Planning & Group Control. A year later, he was appointed Chief General Manager and, in 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position that he maintained also with Unicredit Group till September 2010. Under his leadership, Unicredit Group became a European leading player, growing from 15,000 to over 162,000 employees, with branches in 23 countries.
In February 2012, he was nominated by the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services member of the High Level Expert Group in Brussels to reform the structure of the EU banking sector.
From April 2012 to August 2015, he served as Chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank.
From September 2015 to May 2017, he was a Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM.
Furthermore, Profumo was Chairman of the European Banking Federation in Brussels and of the International Monetary Conference in Washington, D.C. He was also on the International Advisory Board of Itaú UniBanco (Brazil) and was a member of Sberbank’s Supervisory Board (Russia).
He was a member of Eni’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014, and from July 2015 to April 2017. He was also a member of Mediobanca’s Board of Directors and Executive Board, and a member of Bocconi University’s Board of Directors.
Profumo was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro in 2004 and decorated Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) in 2005.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Together To Go (TOG) Foundation.
Gianfelice RoccaTechint Group of Companies
Gianfelice Rocca is Chairman of the Techint Group, a multinational corporation whose activities span across steel industry, energy and power sectors, industrial and process plants, infrastructure and services. The Group generated total revenues of USD 23.5 billion with about 57,100 employees worldwide. Mr Rocca is member of the Board of Directors of Tenaris and Ternium, the main public companies of the Techint Group.
He is President and Founder of the Humanitas Research Hospital and of Humanitas University.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of the Bocconi University. In June 2020, he was appointed Special Advisor Life Sciences Confindustria.
Moreover, in Italy, he sits on the Board of Directors of Brembo SpA, Buzzi Unicem SpA. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of “Politecnico di Milano” and since July 2017, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.
From May 2004 to May 2012, he was Vice President for Education of Confindustria (Italian employers organization) and from June 2012 to June 2016, he was a member of the EIT Governing Board (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). From June 2013 to June 2017, he was President of Assolombarda, the largest territorial association of entrepreneurs in Italy and part of Confindustria.
At international level, he is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Executive Committee, a member of the Harvard Business School Advisory Board and of the Trilateral Commission.
Moreover, he is a member of ERT (European Round Table for Industry) and of BIDMC Cancer Center International Board of Advisors.
He is President of the “Fondazione Fratelli Agostino and Enrico Rocca”, an association that supports several social and educational projects all over the world.
In June 2007, he was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro of the Italian Republic and in March 2009, he was presented with a honoris causa degree in management engineering by Milan Politecnico.
In 2010, he received from the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, the 2009 Leonardo Award for his contribution to enhancing Italy’s international standing in steelmaking, energy and infrastructure.
In 2018, he was appointed “Commendatore” by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, for his commitment and the contribution he has given to the country in the economic field.
Gianfelice Rocca graduated cum laude in Physics at University of Milan and got a PMD at Harvard Business School.
Mr Rocca lives in Milan, is married and has two children.
Björn Rosengren is President and Chief Executive Officer of the ABB Group since March 1, 2020.
He is member of the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum.
From 2015 to 2020, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sandvik AB (Sweden), where he was also a member of the Board of Directors from 2016 until 2020. From 2010 to 2019, Rosengren served as a member of the Board of Directors of Danfoss A/S (Denmark) and as Vice Chairman of the Board from 2017 to 2019. From 2011 to 2015, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wärtsilä Corporation (Finland).
He held various leadership positions at Atlas Copco (Sweden), such as Senior Executive Vice President and Business Area President for Construction and Mining Technique (2003 – 2011), Division President Rock Drilling Equipment (2001 – 2002), Division President of Atlas Copco Craelius, Senior Executive Vice President and Business Area President for Construction and Mining Technique (1998 – 2001).
In 1985, Rosengren began his career as a trainee at ESAB (Sweden), working in the US, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden, before moving to Nordwin AB (Sweden) in 1995 to become the General Manager of NordHydraulik.
Rosengren obtained his MSc degree in engineering in 1985 from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a Swedish national.
Güler SabanciHacı Ömer Sabanci Holding
Güler Sabanci was born in Istanbul. After finishing high school education at the TED Ankara College, Sabanci graduated from the Bogaziçi University, Department of Business Administration.
She has held various executive roles in the Group and currently serves as Chairman of Sabanci Holding. She is also the Founding President of the Sabanci University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabanci Foundation and Chairman of the Sakip Sabanci Museum.
Güler Sabanci has been the first female member in many organisations like the European Round Table for Industry. She also sits on the External Advisory Board of the MIT Energy Initiative and the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. Sabanci is also a member of The Trilateral Commission.
Wael Sawan is Chief Executive Officer of Shell plc since January 2023.
Wael was previously Director, Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions. He has been a member of the Executive Committee (EC) since 2019, when he was appointed Upstream Director.
Wael joined Shell in 1997 and has worked in each of Shell’s core business units: Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream. In his time with Shell, he has served in critical roles including Vice President for Commercial, New Business and LNG in Qatar, Managing Director and Chairman of the Qatar Shell companies and Executive Vice President of Shell’s Deep Water business.
Wael was born in Lebanon and grew up in the United Arab Emirates and Canada. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in the UK, is married to Nicole and they have three sons.
Mark Schneider (56) has served as CEO of Nestlé since January 2017. He joined the company in September 2016.
Before joining Nestlé, Mark was CEO of the Fresenius Group, a position he held from 2003 to 2016. He joined Fresenius in 2001 as CFO of Fresenius Medical Care. Between 1989 and 2001, he held several senior executive positions with the Haniel Group, a privately-held, diversified German multinational company.
Mark has a graduate degree in Finance and Accounting and a doctoral degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He also holds an MBA from Harvard University.
Mark was born and raised in Germany. He became a U.S. citizen in 2003.
Kurt SieversNXP Semiconductors
Kurt Sievers has served as president and chief executive officer of NXP since May 2020. As a member of NXP’s executive management team since 2009, Kurt has been instrumental in leading the definition and implementation of NXP’s strategy for “secure connections for a smarter world.”
Prior to being elected CEO, Kurt served as president of NXP and oversaw all of the company’s business lines. In 2019, Kurt led the successful acquisition of Marvell’s WiFi Connectivity Business Unit, enabling NXP to deliver complete, scalable processing and connectivity solutions to customers across NXP’s focus end markets.
In 2015, he played a key role in the merger of NXP and Freescale Semiconductor, which created one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies and a leader in automotive semiconductors and secure edge processing.
Kurt joined NXP in 1995, progressing through a series of sales and marketing, product definition and development, strategy and general management leadership positions across a broad number of market segments.
• Executive Director, NXP Semiconductors N.V.
• Member, Board of Directors of Capgemini S.E.
• President, European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA)
• Member, Board of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
• President, AENEAS, the Industrial Association for European Nano Electronics Activities
• Member, Board of the German National Electrical and Electronics Industry Association (ZVEI)
• Member, Board of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV)
Kurt earned a Master of Science degree in physics and computer science from Augsburg University, Germany.
Kurt is passionate about mountain sports, travelling deserts, digital photography and Land Rovers. He enjoys spending time with his family, Mediterranean food and wine.
Søren SkouA.P. Møller-Mærsk
Søren Skou was the chief executive officer of A.P. Møller-Mærsk from 2016 to 2022 and has previously held executive positions within the company, both as CEO of Maersk Line and CEO of Maersk Tankers.
He was an Executive Board member of A.P. Møller-Mærsk from 2006 to 2022 and held a variety of senior positions across A.P. Møller-Mærsk prior to his appointment as CEO of Maersk Line.
Søren Skou joined A.P. Møller-Mærsk in 1983 as part of the Maersk International Shipping Education program. He is a graduate from Copenhagen Business School and holds a Master of Business Administration from IMD Business School in Switzerland.
In December 2014, Søren Skou was named one of the most influential individuals in the international shipping industry according to Lloyds List and in May 2019 he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors to Nokia.
Tony SmurfitSmurfit Kappa Group
Tony Smurfit is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Smurfit Kappa Group plc (SKG), one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world.
He was Chief Operations Officer from November 2002 to September 2015 and he has held a number of other management positions having worked in various parts of the organisation both in the United States and Europe since he joined the company in 1986. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1989.
Today Smurfit Kappa operates in 35 countries globally and employs 46,000 people. The company is currently listed on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges and has a market capitalisation of approximately €10.5 billion.
He was born in Wigan, England in 1963 and following his early schooling in Ireland, he attended the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Management Science.
He is a former Director of Aer Rianta (the Irish Airport Authority which is owned by the Irish Government), the Irish National Stud (an Irish Government owned operation), C&C plc and Ibec (Irish Business Employers Confederation). He currently sits on the Board of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) and is a Member of ERT (European Round Table for Industry).
He was appointed Honorary Consul of Mexico to Ireland in 2003 and was honoured by the French Government in 2004 when he was nominated Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. He was subsequently nominated Commander of the French Legion of Honour in 2017. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration and is a member of the Turf Club of Ireland.
He is married to Sharon and they have 4 children.
Jim H. SnabeSiemens
Jim Hagemann Snabe is Chairman at Siemens AG (D). He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He is former co-CEO of SAP AG, former Chairman at A.P. Møller-Mærsk (DK), and former Vice Chairman at Allianz SE (D). Jim Hagemann Snabe holds a Master’s degree in Operational Research from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Through his 25-year career within the IT industry, Jim Hagemann Snabe has continuously built on his experience and knowledge, starting as Trainee in SAP AG in 1990. Throughout his career, he has held multiple leadership roles at SAP and IBM as well as leading consulting, sales, and product development organisations. He was appointed member of the Executive Board of SAP in 2008 and co-CEO of SAP AG alongside Bill McDermott in 2010.
Jim Hagemann Snabe is actively engaged in efforts related to the digital transformation of business and society. These efforts bring together policy makers, business leaders, and leaders in society to understand current issues and shape a better and more sustainable future.
He is co-author of “Dreams and Details” – a book about leadership in times of change and co-author of “Tech for Life” – a book about putting trust back in technology as a force for good.
Carl-Henric SvanbergAB Volvo
Carl-Henric Svanberg is the chairman of AB Volvo, a leading global manufacturer of trucks and construction equipment – a role he has held since 2012. He is the immediate past Chair of ERT (2018-2022) and also the chairman of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the world’s oldest academy of engineering sciences.
Between 2010 and 2018, Carl-Henric Svanberg was the chairman of BP plc and led the board through the Deep Water Horizon incident, its aftermath and the company’s recovery.
From 2003 to 2009, Carl-Henric Svanberg was the CEO of Ericsson. He joined in the middle of the telecom crisis when the company was forced to reduce its workforce from 107,000 to 47,000 employees, led the restructuring and a strong expansion of sales during seven years when 3G and early versions of 4G were rolled out.
Prior to this, Carl-Henric Svanberg was the CEO of Assa Abloy Group, a manufacturer of locks and door hardware. He expanded the company from a small domestic player to a global leader through a successful global acquisition strategy.
Carl-Henric Svanberg began his career at ASEA (today ABB) and Securitas AB, latterly as the group’s executive vice president.
Svanberg holds a Master of Science in Applied Physics from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Uppsala University. He holds honorary doctorates at Luleå University of Technology and Linköping University in Sweden and is the recipient of the King of Sweden’s medal for his contribution to Swedish industry.
Carl-Henric lives in Sweden with his wife Louise. They have six children.
Jon is Chair of the Board of GSK appointed in 2019.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. and Non-Executive Director of Genomics England Limited having previously served as Chairman.
He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc from April 2014, and its Deputy Group Chairman from August 2018, until his retirement from the Board in February 2020. He was previously Chairman of HSBC Bank plc.
Jon was Chief Financial Officer of Novartis AG, a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs; Chief Financial Officer of AstraZeneca plc and a Partner at KPMG. His governance experience also includes roles as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of Diageo plc and QinetiQ Group plc.
Jon has extensive international financial, life sciences and governance experience. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Dolf van den BrinkHEINEKEN
Dolf van den Brink is Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Heineken N.V..
He started his HEINEKEN career in 1998 in the Netherlands as a commercial management trainee and between 1999 and 2005, he worked in various marketing and commerce roles at Vrumona and Global Commerce. From 2005 until 2009, Dolf was Commercial Director at Bralima, our Operating Company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2009 he became Managing Director of HEINEKEN USA. He served in this role for six years and was appointed Managing Director of HEINEKEN Mexico (Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma). In the fall of 2018 Dolf moved to Singapore, to head the Asia Pacific Division of HEINEKEN.
Dolf attended the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and has a MA in Philosophy and MSc in Business Administration, both from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.
He serves as a Board Member to China Resources Beer Holdings and Board Member at United Breweries Ltd, India.
Dolf is married with Sylvia and has 2 daughters.
Jacob WallenbergInvestor AB
Jacob Wallenberg is Chair of the Board of Investor AB, a lead shareholder of Nordic-based global companies. He is Vice Chair of ABB Ltd, Ericsson AB, FAM AB and Patricia Industries.
Mr Wallenberg also serves on the Board of Nasdaq Inc and the Board of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
He is a Member of the European Round Table for Industry and Member of its Steering Committee, as well as Chair of the ERT Committee on Trade and Market Access. He is also member of the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and member of the Trilateral Commission.
Mr Wallenberg is a member of and Honorary Chair of IBLAC, the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council.
Jacob Wallenberg was the Chair of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) from 1998 to 2005 and Vice Chair from 2005 to 2014. Mr Wallenberg was the CEO of the Bank in 1997 and EvP and in charge of Corporate and Investment banking 1995-1996.
Born in Stockholm 1956, Mr Wallenberg was educated at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1980 and an MBA in 1981.
Mr Wallenberg attended the Royal Swedish Naval Academy and is today an Officer in the Royal Swedish Naval Reserve.
Peter Wennink was appointed President and CEO of ASML on July 1, 2013. He joined the company in 1999 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the Board of Management.
Peter has an extensive background in business and finance. Prior to ASML, he worked as a partner at Deloitte Accountants where he specialized in high technology with an emphasis on the semiconductor equipment industry.
In addition to his position at ASML, Peter is a member of the Netherlands Institute of Registered Accountants. He is Board Member of the Captains of Industry Eindhoven Region, Board Member of FME (Federatie Voor de Metaal-nl Electrotechnische Industrie), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Technical University Eindhoven, Member of the Exchange Council of Euronext, Council member of Topconsortium voor ‘Kennis en Innovatie’ (High Tech Systems & Materialen) TKI HTS&M, Member of the Circle of Influence of Startup Delta.
Oliver ZipseBMW Group
Born in Heidelberg, Oliver Zipse is Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, having been appointed in 2019. Since he joined BMW AG in 1991, he has held various responsibilities within the company in development, technical planning and production. He was Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford from 2007 to 2008, Senior Vice President Technical Planning until 2012 and Senior Vice President Global Corporate Planning and Product Strategy until 2015. In May 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for worldwide production.
Oliver Zipse holds a Dipl. Ing. Degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt and an Executive MBA from the WHU Koblenz and Kellogg School of Management. He is Deputy Chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and has been appointed President of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) for 2021.