BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JAN GESQUIÈRE

Chairman of the Board

Business Engineer at the KUL, Belgium and followed INSEAD program, France. 
Chairman or Board member of several profit and nonprofit organizations in Belgium, including Abo Group, a listed company on Euronext. 
Jan Gesquière is currently Chief Financial Officer at BESIX Group, BESIX Contracting specializes in construction, infrastructure and marine works, often in contracts with a high level of complexity after having been, among other positions, CFO of Vandemoortele, CFO of Elia Group, a European electricity transmission operator, and Domo Group, a Belgian textile manufacturing group, an integrated company producing chemicals and carpets. 

HELENA VANDEBEEK

Non-Executive Director

Master of Agronomy from the KULeuven, Belgium and post-graduate degrees in Accounting and Property Development. Helena has been CEO of Deroose Plants, after an extensive experience within the Siat Group as Managing Director. She was also Managing Director of Fimave. Helena has sound experience in plantations and tropical agronomy. She represents the majority shareholder Siat on the Board.

REGINALD DEROOSE

Executive Director

Founder of Deroose Plants nv. Reginald Deroose has led Deroose Plants until 2013. Extremely positive and solution minded, Reginald currently continues to inspire the company as Strategy & Development Director on a daily basis. Reginald has an extensive network of breeders and customers in the ornamental world



PR. DIRK INZE

Independent Director

Doctor of Biology and Doctor of Philosophy, Pr. Dirk Inze is Science Director at the VIB, Belgium, and Professor of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology. Dirk has also been Research Director at INRA, the French National Institute of Agriculture Research. Dirk is monitoring the company Research Program, while advising on building up the research team.



PHILIPPE HERMANS

Independent Director

Business Engineer from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Philippe is co-CEO of BMI-SBI, a limited company, with 63% of its capital held by the Belgian Government and 37% held by banking institutions and other private companies, providing capital and know-how for international investments made by Belgian private sector companies. As Deroose Plants is an international company, Philippe is providing sound support in its cross-border development. Philippe is also Independent Director at Deroose Plants Inc., USA

INGRID VAN DE WIELE

Non-Executive Director

Master in Business Management, VUB, and a master in Slavonic Philology, UGent. Ingrid is CFO of SIAT nv. for more than 10 years. Ingrid has previously held senior positions for Imperbel, an international bituminous Belgian company. Ingrid has extensive experience with companies operating in the tropical belt and their operational and financial concerns. As non-executive director in the board, she is advising and ensuring that the company complies with the Group SIAT corporate affairs and reporting structure.

OUR VISIONARY PEOPLE

LUDO MAENE

Head of R&D Board Advisor

REGINALD DEROOSE

Strategy & Development Directors

PIERRE VANDEBEECK

Chairman and CEO SIAT Group

Managing Director

JACQUES RUTH

Group Managing Director