Board of Directors
The Directors of Capricorn Venture Partners are:
Prof Philippe Haspeslagh - Chairman, representing Euro Invest Management NV
Philippe Haspeslagh is Dean of the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School. He is on leave from INSEAD where he holds the Paul Desmarais Chair in Partnership and Active Ownership. He previously taught as a Visiting Faculty member at the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Business School, and was a Chief of Cabinet for the Belgian Minister of Agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprises. His main research interests have been in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Strategy, Managing for Value and Corporate Governance. Philippe Haspeslagh has been an advisor to the top management of many companies and is currently Chairman of Dujardin Foods, a family business in frozen foods, and Capricorn Venture Partners. He is also a non-executive partner in Procuritas, a Scandinavian buy-out firm, a Board member of Governance for Owners, an active ownership fund of Vandemoortele, a large private food firm, and an investment committee member of NPM Capital.
Gerard Van Acker - Independent Director, representing Gerard Van Acker BVBA
Gerard Van Acker is member (or chairman) of the board of directors of several (non-) listed companies since 2001. From 1980 to 2000 he was CEO and President of the Executive Committee of GIMV, Belgium's leading private equity house with a presence in a number of European countries. He has held director positions in a number of leading Belgian companies including Barco, Telenet, Besix Group, Kinepolis Group and Carestel. In the Life Science sector, he was one of the founders and vice chairman of PGS International, chairman of Biotech Fonds Vlaanderen and member of the board of directors of two US companies, Corvas Int'L and Ceres. He is still member of the board of two research institutes, VIB (Flanders institute of Biotechnology) and Imec. He holds a Doctor's degree in Law and a Master's degree in Political and Administrative Sciences and has taken up important functions within governmental organisations.
Walter Van Pottelberge - Independent Director, representing Ter Lande Invest BVBA
Walter Van Pottelbeerge has been Managing Director of Ter Lande Invest S.A. since January 1, 2005. Walter served as the Chief Executive Officer of ING Insurance Belgium-Luxembourg until 2001. He serves as a Director of Argenta Spaarbank NV. He has been a Non-executive Director of Cryo-Save Group N.V since October 1, 2007. Walter serves on an Advisory capacity on various other company boards and organisations including UBCA N.V., DELA Investment Belgium, VOKA, Argenta, the University of Antwerp and Vlerik Leuven Management School. Walter served as Non-Executive Director of Recticel SA until December 2005. He has served on the advisory board of Goffin Bank since 2005. He served as President of the executive committee of Mercator Bank NV from 2003 to 2005. Walter holds a University degree in Physics and Actuarial science from Leuven University.