Piet Van Waeyenberge

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Baron Piet Paul August Van Waeyenberge (born Ghent 27 October 1938) is a Belgian businessman. He is a son of Camille Van Waeyenberge and a brother of Jozef Van Waeyenberge. He was one of the founders, and is currently president, of business club De Warande. He is married to Wina Proesmans and together they have 3 children.

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He graduated in 1956 from high school at the Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Brussels and obtained a licentate in Commercial and Financial Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1960. In 1962 he obtained a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois Champaign (Urbana, IL USA) and in 1963 a Master of Business Administration at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). In 1978 he followed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School (Cambridge, MA. USA).

During his professional career he held several positions in companies, such as chairman of De Eik n.v, De Warande vzw, Indufin s.a., and of Cultura Brussels. He was manager of BG & Co, director of Fortis s.a. and Fortis Brussels s.a., Suez Energy Services (independent director), Sobelder s.a., VUM Media/Corelio n.v., Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, and of Campina Melkunie NV.

He is honorary chairman of the Vlaams Economisch Verbond (VOKA), member of the Supervisory Board of Campina Melkunie n.v., of Koninklijke Sphinx Gustavsberg n.v. and of De Eik Beheer b.v. (Nijmegen). In 1988, he founded Asphales, later renamed as Fortales n.v. and was a director of Almanij (merged with KBC to form the KBC Group).

He is or has been chairman of cultural causes like Maison de la Radio Flagey s.a. and Flagey asbl, and board member of Quartier des Arts asbl, the International Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, of Europalia International vzw, the Vlaamse Academische Stichting vzw, and of the Francqui Foundation (Public Benefit Foundation).

He has been honored as a Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau (Dutch) and Officier in de Leopoldsorde (Belgian).

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