The Board of Directors of Egemin Automation consists of Chairman Luc Bertrand, Louis Verbeke, Christian Leysen, John-Eric Bertrand and CEO Jan Vercammen.
Luc Bertrand (°1951) graduated as a Commercial Engineer from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1974. As well as his role of Chair of the Egemin Automation Board of Directors, he is also CEO of Ackermans & van Haaren, Director of Schroders, Chairman of Leasinvest Real Estate, Director of SIPEF and ATENOR, Chairman on the Board of the French Group Flo and of Sofinim.
In 1991 Luc Bertrand was named Manager of the Year by Trends, and in 1995 he received the Ankerprijs.
Louis Verbeke (°1947) graduated as a lawyer from Ghent University in 1970. He received a BA from the Vlerick Management School in 1971 and an LLM from the University of Virginia a year later. He is a member of the Brussels Bar and teaches as a professor at the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School.
Louis Verbeke gives seminars and publishes on subjects such as acquisition strategies, company management, joint ventures, contracts, negotiating, international taxation strategy, IPOs and European legislation on charity and corporations.
Christian Leysen (°1954) graduated as commercial engineer - Masters’ degree in Law (Brussels University, 1976). He started his career in 1976 at Arthur Andersen & Co. Later he joined GB Inno BM where he was in charge of the Maxi division’s logistics and organisation. In 1984, he founded Xylos, an information technology service provider. In 1989 he acquired the daily management of Ahlers, an Antwerp-based shipping company providing logistical and maritime services in more than 20 countries.
He is also active as an investor via AXE Investments and Chairman of the University of Antwerp Management School (UAMS).
John-Eric Bertrand is Investment Manager at Ackermans & van Haaren. He is active in Ackermans & van Haaren’s private equity business since 2008, mainly through its affiliate Sofinim, and acts as a board member to several companies including Egemin Automation. Before joining Ackermans & van Haaren, John-Eric worked as Senior Consultant at Roland Berger and as Senior Auditor with Deloitte.
John-Eric attended the Catholic University of Louvain. He graduated magna cum laude as Commercial Engineer and received a Master in International Management from the Community of European Management schools (CEMS). He also holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Jan Vercammen (°1968) has been CEO and Managing Director of Egemin Automation since 2007. He graduated as a Civil Engineer in Electro-technical Mechanics in 1993 and received further training in Marketing and R&D from the Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the Vlerick School for Management. He started at Egemin in 1994 and became R&D Team Manager a few years later. In 2003 he became Vice President of Marketing & Technology and a member of the Corporate Management Team.
Jan Vercammen is also a member of the Board of Directors of Agoria, the sector federation for the technological industry in Belgium and sits on the advisory board of the IWT, the Flemish agency for Innovation. He is also a member of Karel de Grote Hogechool General Assembly and sits on numerous other advisory boards.