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Jean-François van Boxmeer

Vodafone Group

United Kingdom

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.