Thomas Leysen

Chair of the Board of Governors of the King Baudouin Foundation


Born in 1960.

Master of Law Degree, KU Leuven.

Active in various businesses and organisations:

  • Chairman of Mediahuis, Chairman of Umicore
  • Honorary Chairman KBC Group
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Koninklijke DSM
  • Chairman, respectively, of the Belgian Corporate Governance Commission, Topstukkenraad Vlaanderen, the Mayer van den Bergh Museum Advisory Board, the Nicolaas Rockox Museum and the Rubenianum Fund
  • Member of the Trilateral Commission, the European Round Table of Industrialists and the Bilderberg Meeting Steering Committee .

Thomas Leysen was formerly:

  • Chairman of KBC Group (2011 – 2020)
  • President of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (2008 –2011)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board (1993 – 1998), Executive Vice President (1998 – 2000) and CEO (2000 – 2008) of the Umicore Group
  • Director of the Transcor Group (1983 – 1989).