Board of Directors



Bart Van Malderen 

Non-Executive Director and Reference Shareholder 


Jan Van Geet 

Executive Director and Reference Shareholder 


Ann Gaeremynck

Non-Executive (Independent) Director


Katherina Reiche

Non-Executive (Independent) Director


Vera Gäde-Butzlaff

Non-Executive (Independent) Director



Mr Bart Van Malderen (Belgian) is CEO and founder of Drylock Technologies. Drylock Technologies, founded in 2011 and based in Zele, Belgium, is a manufacturer of personal hygiene products, owning nine production plants and employing more than 2,500 people worldwide. Prior to this Bart Van Malderen held different management positions at Ontex, a leading European manufacturer of hygienic disposable products where he became CEO in 1996 and Chairman of the Board in 2003.


Jan Van Geet is the founder of VGP. He has overall daily as well as strategic management responsibilities of the Group. He started in the Czech Republic in 1993 and was manager of Ontex in Turnov, a producer of hygienic disposables. Until 2005, he was also managing director of WDP Czech Republic. WDP is a Belgian real estate investment trust.


Mrs. Ann Gaeremynck (Belgian) is full professor of Accounting and Governance at the KULeuven, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Since April 2017 she is member of the board and the audit committee of Retail Estates, a Belgian listed company which invests mainly in retail properties located in the periphery of residential areas or along access roads to urban centres. She currently is also a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee  the Vives, a university college of the Association KULeuven. In the past she fulfilled a position as an external member of the Audit Committee at the hospital AZ Delta.


Mrs. Katherina Reiche (German) has been Chairwoman of the Management Board of Westenergie AG since January 2020. Since September 2020, she has been Chairwoman of the National Hydrogen Council of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). From 2015 to 2019, she was Managing Director of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) and President of the German Association of Public Services (bvöd) and the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP). She was a member of the German Bundestag from 1998 to 2015 and deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group from 2005 to 2009.


Mrs. Vera Gäde-Butzlaff (German) was Assistant Secretary of State for the Environment and Agriculture at the Ministry for Regional Planning, Agriculture and the Environment of Saxony-Anhalt, from 2001 to 2002. In 2003 she became a member of the board of Berlin city cleaning and waste management companies (BSR), and she was appointed CEO from 2007 until 2014. From 2015 to 2018 she was CEO of GASAG AG, one of the largest regional German energy providers. Since April 2018 she is Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Vivantes, the hospital group.