Corporate Governance

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Corporate Governance

Unifiedpost Group SA/NV attaches great value to good corporate governance and is aware that good governance is an important factor in investment decisions for all stakeholders of the company.

Composition of the Board of Directors

 

Name

Position

Start of first term

Start of current term

End of current term 
Sofias BV (permanently represented by Hans Leybaert) Executive Director (CEO)
27 December 2006
31 August 2020
19 May 2026
FPIM – SFPI NV (permanently represented by Leon Cappaert)
Non-Executive Director
22 July 2020
31 August 2020
19 May 2026
AS Partners BV (permanently represented by Stefan Yee)
Non-Executive Director (Chairman)
29 December 2014
31 August 2020
19 May 2026
Jinvest BV (permanently represented by Jürgen Ingels)
Independent Director
29 December 2014
31 August 2020
19 May 2026
Joost Uwents
Independent Director
23 September 2020
23 September 2020
19 May 2026
Risus Sports BV (permanently represented by Katrien Meire)
Independent Director
23 September 2020
26 May 2021
19 May 2026
Fovea BV (permanently represented by Katya Degrieck)
Independent Director
23 September 2020
23 September 2020
19 May 2026
Angeline (Marie-Ange) Marx
Independent Director
23 September 2020
23 September 2020
19 May 2026
Sopharth BV (permanently represented by Philippe De Backer) Independent Director
18 May 2021 18 May 2021
19 May 2026
Michael Kleindl Board Observer      

 

Hans Leybaert

is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unifiedpost Group. Hans started of his career as an analyst programmer for CSC, an IT-integrator company and was subsequently promoted to project manager where he was in charge of larger projects for Belgian corporate customers. In 1997 he became an account manager at Baan, a Dutch software company, where he was responsible for all large accounts of Baan Belgium. This experience was followed by a partner position at Axias Belgium, where Hans overlooked general, sales and program management. In 2002 he founded the Unifiedpost Group. 


Leon Cappaert

is an investment manager at FPIM, the Belgian Federal Holding and Investment Company, where he is responsible for investments in technology and new energy. Leon has over 20 years of experience in asset management and private equity. Before joining FPIM,  he worked as an analyst and fund manager at KBC Asset Management. Later he joined Korys, the family office of the Colruyt Group, as an investment director. Leon is a certified chartered financial analyst and obtained a master’s degree as a commercial engineer from the University of Antwerp.   



Stefan Yee

has more than 30 years of experience in audit, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, investment banking and private equity with companies as KPMG, Linklaters, the Flemish investment bank Lessius, the Belgian Corporation for International Investment (SBI/BMI), Beluga and as the founder and CEO of PE Group, a Belgian privately held general private equity firm. He is and has been an investor and/or board member of several listed and private companies such as, amongst others, Beluga, Docpharma, Encare group (Mensura), AXI, The Reference, Alro Holdings, Loomans Group, United Brands, Capco, AED Rent, Uteron Pharma, Faseas International (Spacewell), HD Partners (Dekabo group), AED Rent, Unifiedpost, NRG New Generation, Imcyse, Axiles, Bionics and Hyloris Pharmaceuticals. Stefan holds Masters degrees in Law and Business Administration from the Universities of Brussels (VUB and ULB Solvay Business School) and the University of Chicago Law School (as a BAEF Fellow).


Jürgen Ingels

is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Mr. Ingels holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Antwerp. He was the founder and CFO of Clear2Pay, a leading company in payments technology. Under his leadership, Clear2Pay became an authority in the field of payment software, with more than 1,200 employees in 14 countries. Today, Jürgen is managing director of Smartfin Capital, a fund which targets promising European technology companies. Jürgen is also the initiator of ‘Supernova’, Belgium’s biggest technology and innovation festival organized in Antwerp. He is involved in different companies like Guardsquare, Silverfin, Cumul.io, The Glue, and others alike. Jürgen currently holds board positions in several reputable companies throughout a variety of industries, such as: Materialise (NASDAQ: MTLS), Itiviti, Willemen, Ghelamco, Unifiedpost, WDP, Itineris and Projective.

 

Joost Uwents

is the CEO of Warehouses De Pauw, a public company which specializes in the logistics industry and semi-industrial real-estate. He is currently an independent member to the board of directors of Xior Student Housing. Before his career at WDP, Joost started as an account manager for the General Bank. He obtained a master’s degree as a business engineer from the KU Leuven and subsequently did an MBA at Vlerick Business School. 


Katrien Meire

started her career as an EU Competition lawyer in a magic circle law firm, before becoming CEO and Director of two English football clubs, namely Charlton Athletic and later on Sheffield Wednesday. She also served as a council member for two years at the English Football Association, and as COO of Club Brugge NV, a football club competing in the Belgian national first division and Champions League or Europa League competitions. Katrien obtained a Masters degree in Law from KU Leuven and a LLM in Competition Law from University College of London.

 

Katya Degrieck

is a senior Executive at Google, where she is head of the Publishers Revenue and News for Northern Europe departments. She started her career as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting and has since then been active in the media industry for over 25 years, including several executive positions at Bertelsmann and Corelio (now Mediahuis). Katya is also an independent director of the publishing company Lannoo Group and Smartphoto, where she is a member of the remuneration committee and audit committee. Katya holds a master’s degree in business engineering and an MBA from the University of Brussels Solvay Business School. 


Marie-Ange Marx

is the COO of Keytrade Bank Belgium (a branch of Arkea Direct Bank) and a board member of Keytrade Bank Luxembourg. After an initial career as a lawyer with De Backer & Associés in Brussels, she joined Keytrade Bank in 1999 as managing director of Keytrade Bank Luxembourg and group compliance officer, before being promoted to the COO function in 2007. Marie-Ange is also a board member of Europay Belgium and a member of Euroclear’s market advisory committee. She obtained master’s degrees in law from both the University of Brussels and the College of Europe in Bruges.


Philippe De Backer

holds several Masters degrees in Biotechnology and earned a doctorate from Ghent University in 2009. In 2012 he received an MBA from Solvay Business School. After some years of working in the world of business, he made his political debut in 2011 as Member of the European Parliament. In 2016, he became Secretary of State for Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea. In 2018 he was promoted to Minister, gaining responsibility for Digital Agenda, Telecom, Postal Services and Administrative Simplification and this until the end of the legislature in October 2020.

Michael Kleindl

is an experienced business angel and venture capital investor, serial entrepreneur and successful founder of a multitude of digital businesses during the last 20 years, including some eraly Food-Tech investments. Michael holds a University degree from European Business School and his track record includes two IPOs and numerous exits of portfolio companies' to prestigious buyers such as Amazon, Axel Springer, Deutsche Post DHL, Eventbrite and Just Eat.


The Management Committee 

The Management Committee is composed of the CEO, who chairs the Management Committee and the other members of the Management Committee. Such other members are appointed and removed by the Board of Directors upon advice of the CEO and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

The Management Committee exercises the duties assigned to it by the CEO, under the ultimate supervision of the Board of Directors. It does not constitute an executive committee (“directiecomité” / “comité de direction”) within the meaning of article 7:97 of the Belgian Code of Companies and Associations. The Management Committee is an informal executive committee within the meaning of article 3:6,§3 of the Belgian Code of Companies and Associations.

The Company’s Management Committee consists of the following members:

Hans
Leybaert

fondator și CEO

A înființat Unifiedpost în 2001 și a transformat compania dintr-un jucător din Benelux axat pe procesarea documentelor într-o mare companie specializată în servicii paneuropene bazate pe cloud, cu venituri de peste 69 milioane de euro Anterior, Hans a fost partener la Axias Belgium și manager de cont la compania olandeză de software, Baan.

Laurent
Marcelis

Director economic

S-a alăturat Unifiedpost în 2006 ca director de operațiuni; după ce a părăsit grupul în 2014 pentru o funcție de conducere la banca Belfius, a revenit în 2016 pentru a deveni director economic. Peste 25 de ani de experiență în consultanță, servicii financiare și roluri în structura superioară de conducere. Anterior a lucrat pentru Interpolis (2003-05) și PwC (1997-2003).

Hans
Jacobs

CMO

S-a alăturat Unifiedpost în 2017 ca director servicii pentru clienți. Hans are 24 de ani de experiență în marketing, vânzări și dezvoltare de afaceri în industria financiară în cadrul BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV și ING Belgium SA/NV.

Tom
Van Acker

Director general

S-a alăturat Unifiedpost în 2016 ca director de operațiuni. Tom a acumulat peste 20 de ani de experiență în consultanță, IT și operațiuni și management general în industriile tehnologice și financiare Anterior, a ocupat funcții de conducere la EDS, Fortis, ABN Amro și BNP Paribas.

Marcus
Laube

CSO

S-a alăturat echipei Unifiedpost în Aprilie 2021 ca Chief Sales Officer. Cu peste 20 de ani de experiență, el este un pionier al digitizării sectorulul B2B și al adopției facturii electronice. Anterior, el a fondat și a condus ca CEO crossinx și a deținut funcții importante la TietoEnator și Lufthansa. În calitate de Copreședinte conduce EESPA ( European e-Invoicing Service Provider Association).

Group Structure

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Articles of Association - April 2021

 

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Corporate Governance Charter - February 2021

 

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