Crescent Board of Directors
Crescent Board of Directors

Crescent Board of Directors

The articles of association stipulate that the Board of Directors is composed of at least three and not more than nine members, appointed by the general shareholders’ meeting for a period of not more than six years. The Board of Directors must include at least three independent directors.

The Board of Directors is currently composed of five members, Eric Van Zele (Chairman of the Board of Directors), Raju Dandu, Johan Michiels, Luc Boedt and Frederic Convent

Mr Eric Van Zele is currently executive chairman and managing director of Crescent NV and chairman of the E17 hospital network and the Hermes decision-making committee of the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prior to those mandates, Eric was chairman of Reynaers aluminium and a director of the Vandewiele group until 2022. From 2009 to 2016, he was CEO of Barco NV in Kortrijk. Before that, he was CEO of Pauwels International (from 2004 to 2008) and of Telindus nv (2000 to 2003). Before that, he was Vice President of Raychem Corporation in Menlo park, CA, USA and Managing Director of Raychem nv in Leuven, Belgium. (1972 to 1999). He was nominated as “Manager of the Year in 2012” and “ICT Personality of 2013”. Eric holds a degree in civil engineering in electrical and mechanical engineering from KUL (Leuven 1972) and a postgraduate degree in management from Stanford University (1992 CA, USA).

Mr Raju S. Dandu is the founder-chairman of Danlaw Inc. USA. He is also the Managing Director of Danlaw Technologies India Ltd. He is responsible for the strategic planning and business management of both companies. Prior to founding Danlaw Inc, he held positions at University of Iowa Hospitals, Ford Motor Company, Dana Corporation and worked as an independent consultant with General Motors.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kakinada, India, a master’s degree in electronics from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Detroit.

Johan Michiels is owner and director of Michiels Invest En Management (M.I.M.), Agents and brokers in banking services.

In 1979, Luc Boedt started as a study leader in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Ghent, and was responsible for several missions in Europe and overseas countries such as Indonesia, Mali, Congo and Senegal. In 1985, he became General Director of OKOMU Oil Palm Cy, located in Nigeria, where he was mainly involved in feasibility studies for oil palm and rubber development. Over the Years, he completed several more missions in the Far East, Africa and Brazil. From 1988, he became Managing Director of; MICHELIN Ivory Coast (1988 – 1992), SOCFINCO Belgium (1992 – December 2011) and SOCFINCO FR S.A. Switzerland (since December 2011). In 2020, he was nominated chairman of Socfinaf.  He will end this presidency in 2022 to take up the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Frederic Convent studied Law at the universities of Namur and Leuven, and obtained an MBA from the Vlerick management school in Ghent. He has an extensive network in the midst of private equity, which he used at TheClubDeal from 2017 until recently, and with which he has already successfully placed several capital raises in various sectors of FinTech, SaaS as well as LifeSciences and MedTech. As interim finance director, he has also worked in various areas such as digital advertising, printing, retail supply and renewable energy. From 2002 to 2006, Frederic was Vice President, CFO and Corporate Secretary at Option, the predecessor of Crescent. He headed the accounting and finance department of the Belgian headquarters of this then global player in mobile data cards. In addition to his financial and investor relations activities on Euronext, Frederic was also Secretary of the company’s Board of Directors. Previously and for three years, he performed the same duties at Xeikon, the innovative manufacturer of digital printing systems. In both companies, he was able to drive commercial targets by providing and securing the necessary financial support and export insurance. Before that, he worked for five and three years respectively as Senior Investment Manager at GIMV and as Senior Auditor at Coopers & Lybrand (PwC). For 10 years, Frederic served on the Board of Directors of Credendo. As Chairman of two Dutch-language primary schools in Brussels, he was the initiator of their capacity expansions through two projects of 3 and 6 million euros respectively.

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