André Leysen

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André Leysen (11 June 1927 – 11 July 2015) was a Belgian businessman. In 1951, he married Anne Ahlers, daughter of a shipping family from Bremen, Germany. Together they have four children: Bettina, Christian, Thomas, and Sabina. André Leysen, at age of 17, was a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II. [1]


Main career[edit]

From 1952 until 1976 he worked for the shipping company Ahlers N.V., Antwerp (family estate). Since 1974 he is a member of the supervisory board of the Agfa-Gevaert group, (Belgium). From 1978 until 1984 he was a member and chairman of the executive committee of the Agfa Gevaert group, and since 1984 he is chairman of the supervisory board.

In 1976, he was one of the co-founders of the VUM, which took over the newspapers of the Standaard group after its bankruptcy.[2] He led the VUM until 1978, when his son Thomas took over. From 1990 until 1994 he was a member of the presidency in the board of directors of the Treuhandanstalt in Germany.[3]

Former positions[edit]

Current positions[edit]


  • A. Leysen, Krisissen zijn uitdagingen, Lannoo, 1984
  • A. Leysen, Achter de spiegel, Terugblik op de oorlogsjaren, Lannoo, 1995
  • A. Leysen, Zwerver tussen twee werelden, Reflecties van een maatschappelijk bewogen ondernemer, 2002, Lannoo