Paul Buysse

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Paul Buysse

Paul Henri Maria, Count Buysse, CMG, CBE (born 17 March 1945, in Antwerp) is a Belgian businessman. He is the main author of the Belgian Code for Corporate Governance (Code Buysse).


Paul Buysse holds a degree in Business Management from the Hoger Antwerps Marketing Instituut in Publiciteit, Marketing and PR. He graduated from the Tenneco Advanced Management Programme (Mont Pelerin, Switzerland).


He started his career in 1966 at Ford Motor Company, after which he joined British Leyland Belgium in 1976. In 1980 Paul Buysse became Executive Director of Tenneco Belgium and Managing Director of J.I. Case Benelux and subsequently in 1984 he became General Manager Europe North - J.I. Case, International Harvester and Poclain. In 1988, he joined BTR plc as Group Managing Director of Hansen Transmissions International and was appointed in 1989 as Group Chief Executive BTR Automotive and Engineering Group. In 1991 Paul Buysse was appointed Group Chief Executive BTR Engineering and Dunlop Overseas and became Executive Director BTR plc (London) in 1992. In 1998 he became CEO of Vickers plc (London), after which in 2000 he joined the Bekaert Group as chairman of the Board, which he remained until May 2014.

In addition, Baron Paul Buysse was or is Chairman of the College of Censors of the National Bank of Belgium, Chairman of Immobel, Founder-President of NEA (a socio-economic reflection centre), Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FEB), Member of the High Council of the University of Antwerp, Member of the Belgian Council of INSEAD - Fontainebleau, Member of the Board of Directors VEV (Flemish employers federation), Chairman of FBNet Belgium (Family Business Network Belgium).

Priorly ennobled by King Albert II as a knight in 1994, and as baron in 1998, by Royal Decree of 2 April 2014, Paul Buysse and his descendants were elevated to count by King Philippe of Belgium.