Albert Frère, born on 4 February 1926 in Fontaine-l’Evêque, Belgium (Belgian nationality)
After marketing steel products and managing various steel undertakings in the Charleroi region, Albert Frère founded Pargesa Holding S.A. jointly with several partners in Geneva, in 1981. Pargesa Holding S.A. acquired interests in Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1982. At that time he was named Managing Director, and in 1987 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Paul Desmarais, born on 4 January 1927 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Canadian nationality)
After earning a degree in business administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada), Paul Desmarais took control of a bus transport company in Sudbury (Ontario) in 1951. In 1959, he founded Transportation Management Corporation Limited. He went on to acquire Provincial Transport Limited in 1960 and effective control of Entreprises Gelco Limitée in 1962. In 1968, he acquired a controlling interest in Power Corporation of Canada, an international management and holding company. He was its Chairman and Managing Officer from 1968 to 1996. Today, he chairs the firm's Executive Committee.
Paul Desmarais has been a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 1982 and currently is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Gérald Frère, born on 17 May 1951, in Charleroi, Belgium (Belgian nationality)
After studies in Switzerland, Gérald Frère joined the family company, the Frère-Bourgeois group (Belgium), where he took up the duties of Managing Director. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille S.A. (CNP-NPM) and a Regent of the National Bank of Belgium.
He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1982. In 1993, he became Managing Director and is since that time Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Thierry de Rudder, born on 3 September 1949, in Paris (French/Belgian nationality)
Thierry de Rudder has degrees in mathematics from the University of Geneva and the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia.
He began his career in the United States, joining Citibank in 1975, where he held various posts in New York and then in Europe. In 1986, he joined Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and was named Managing Director in 1993.
Jean-Louis Beffa, born on 11 August 1941, in Nice (French nationality)
After studies at the "Ecole polytechnique", Jean-Louis Beffa, "Ingénieur en Chef des Mines", went on to earn degrees from the National College of Petroleum Engineering and the Political Science Institute in Paris.
He began his career as an engineer at the Fuel Directorate of the Ministry for Industry, and then as Head of the Refinery Service and Deputy Director. In 1974, he joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, of which he is today Chairman-Chief Executive Officer. He was named a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1999.
Victor Delloye, born on 27 September 1953 (Belgian nationality)
Victor Delloye has a law degree from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and is a graduate of the School of Business Studies (ICHEC). Since the 1989/1990 academic year, he has been a lecturer at ULB's Solvay Business School, in the master's programme in business management.
He joined the Frère-Bourgeois group in 1987 and has been Director-General Secretary of CNP-NPM since 1994. He was appointed a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1999.
Paul Desmarais Jr, born on 3 July 1954, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Canadian nationality)
Paul Desmarais Jr has a degree in business studies from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
He began his career in England with S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd., moving on to Standard Brands Incorporated in New York. In 1981, he joined Power Corporation of Canada, of which he is now Chairman of the Board and co-Chief Management Officer. He has been a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 1990.
Aimery Langlois-Meurinne, born on 27 May 1943 (French nationality)
Aimery Langlois-Meurinne has a degree from the "Ecole Nationale d’Administration".
He began his career with Paribas (France) and worked several years in New York (AG Becker Paribas and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets). He is Director-General Manager of Pargesa Holding S.A. and was appointed a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1993.
Maurice Lippens, born on 9 May 1943 (Belgian nationality)
Maurice Lippens has a doctorate in law from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He began his career in corporate turnarounds and in venture capital. He was successively Director, Managing Director and Chairman-Managing Director of the AG group, which became Fortis in 1990. He has been Executive Chairman of Fortis until 2000 and non-Executive Chairman since that date. He was appointed a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 2001.
Michel Plessis-Bélair, born on 26 March 1942, in Montreal (Canadian nationality)
Michel Plessis-Bélair holds a master's degree in business from the Montreal Business School and an MBA from the Columbia University in New York. He is also a Fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec.
He began his career with Samson, Bélair, moving on in 1975 to Société Générale de Financement du Québec, where he held various management posts and of which he was also Director. In 1986, he joined Power Corporation of Canada and Corporation Financière Power, of which he is today Vice-Chairman of the Board and Head of Financial Services and Executive Vice-Chairman and Head of Financial Services, respectively. He has been a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 1990.
Gilles Samyn, born on 2 January 1950, in Cannes (French/Belgian nationality)
Gilles Samyn is a market development engineer, a graduate of the Solvay Business School (ULB), where he has held research and teaching posts since 1970.
He began his career in the Mouvement Coopératif Belge in 1972 and joined Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in late 1974. After a year of self-employment, he joined in 1983 the Frère-Bourgeois group, of which he is now Managing Director. He is also Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of CNP-NPM. Gilles Samyn was named Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1987.
Amaury de Sèze, born on 7 May 1946 (French nationality)
Amaury de Sèze has a degree from the Higher School of Business Administration (Centre de Perfectionnement dans l’Administration des Affaires) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
His career began at Bull General Electric. From 1978 to 1993, he was with group Volvo, where he was President of Volvo Europe and member of the group's Executive Committee. In 1993, he joined Paribas Affaires Industrielles, where he is now Chairman-Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas and a Director of Pargesa Holding S.A.. He was appointed a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1994.
Jean Stéphenne, born on 1 September 1949, in Furfooz, near Dinant, Belgium (Belgian nationality)
Jean Stéphenne holds a degree in chemical engineering and agronomy from the Agronomy College of Gembloux, and a degree in management from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL).
He began his career with SmithKline-Rit, where he moved up the ranks to become Chairman-Chief Executive Officer. He chaired UWE (Union Wallonne des Entreprises) from 1997 to 2000. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Scientific Adventures Parc in Frameries. He was named a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 2003.
Arnaud Vial, born on 3 January 1953 in Paris (French/Canadian nationality)
After completing a degree programme at the Ecole supérieure d’Electricité, Arnaud Vial began his career in 1977 at Banque Paribas (Paris). In 1988, he joined the Pargesa group, where he took up the post of Manager of Accounting and Financial Services of Parfinance S.A., and was subsequently appointed Deputy General Manager of Parfinance S.A. and General Secretary of Pargesa Holding S.A. In 1997, he was named First Vice-Chairman for Finance of Power Corporation of Canada and of Corporation Financière Power.
He was appointed a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert by the Ordinary General Meeting on 27 April 2004.