Nicolas Saverys (1958) - Executive Chairman

Nicolas Saverys is the Executive Chairman of EXMAR. Until April 2020 has was CEO of EXMAR, a shipping company specialising in the marine transportation and transformation of LNG, LPG, anhydrous ammonia and petrochemical gases. He has been involved in the family shipowning business since graduating from the University of Ghent with a degree in economics in 1980. He has been responsible for developing EXMAR from a small subsidiary of a shipyard in the early 1980's to its current position as one of the leading independent gas shipowning companies plus becoming provider of a full value chain of infrastructure and integrated logistics to address the industry's need for environmental friendly and competitively priced energy solutions. In addition to shipping, his current business activities include ship management and real estate. For almost 20 years, Nicolas Saverys was Chairman of the Royal Belgian Shipowners Association and, during that period, he was the driving force behind the successful regeneration of the Belgian register which led to an unprecedented growth in the national fleet. He is also Chairman of the Benelux Committee of Bureau Veritas, in addition to serving as a Director of NileDutch and of Bexco.

NV JALCOS represented by Ludwig Criel (1951) - Non-executive director

Ludwig Criel graduated from the University of Ghent with a degree in Applied Economic Sciences. He also holds a degree in Management (Vlerick School of Management).

In 1976 he joined Boelwerf as Project Manager. In 1983 he became Administrative Manager of Almabo. He held various management positions within the Almabo/EXMAR Group and later became Chief Financial Officer of CMB. In 1999, he became Managing Director of the Wah Kwong Group in Hong Kong until 2004. He is still a member of the board of the Wah Kwong Shipping Group.

He is member of the board and chairman of De Persgroep, member of the board of Bank Degroof Petercam and also member of the board and chairman of ASL Aviation Group Ltd.

Michel Delbaere (1953) - Independent director

Michel Delbaere holds a master degree in law (Catholic University of Leuven – 1975) and a master degree in economic sciences (Catholic University of Louvain – 1975).

He started his career as management trainee and account manager at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.

He’s the founder and managing director / director of: Crop’s N.V. (Belgium), Hesbayefrost S.A. (Belgium), Monliz S.A (Portugal and Spain), MDC Foods Ltd (UK), Crop’s & Partners (Serbia) and Messem (the Netherlands and Morocco).

He’s also a member of the Regional Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Fortis. He’s a member of the Executive Committee of the VBO (Alliance of Belgian Companies). He’s a member of the Board of Directors and honorary chairman of Voka (Flemish network of companies). He’s also a member of the Board of Directors of Sioen Industries, SD Worx, Delcredere and Montea.

Baron Philippe Vlerick (1955) - Non-executive director

Baron Philippe Vlerick graduated in philosophy from the University of Leuven in 1977. He also holds a diploma in law (Leuven – 1978), a MBA General Management (PUB) (Ghent, Vlerick School of Management in 1979) and a Master degree of Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA – 1980).

He is Chairman and Managing Director of B.I.C. Carpets, Uco and other Vlerick Group Businesses. He is Chairman of Photo Hall Multimedia, HIFI International, Pentahold and BICC&I (Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and Vice-chairman of the KBC Group, KBL, Spector and Corelio. He is on the board of various companies, including EXMAR, Besix, BMT, Etex, IVC, Corelio, L.V.D. Company and Concordia Textiles.

Pauline Saverys (1982) - Non-executive director

Pauline Saverys graduated as Master in Psychology at the KUL (2006), with an internship in Credit Suisse New York at the Divisional Development Department and was involved in the different aspects of Human Resources, experiencing through extensive research on the various aspects of corporate and human development (High Potential/successful management), development of self-evaluation diagrams and Competency Models and Strategy Plans for the business.

She is author of a book on eating disorders that was published in the second semester of 2011.

In 2010 she created Renessence vzw, an organisation that attends to girls and boys suffering from eating disorders. Pauline has worked in that field extensively before starting up her own initiative.

Ariane Saverys (1983) - Non-executive director

Ariane Saverys graduated with a Master’s degree in Nautical Sciences at the Maritime Academy of Antwerp (2007). In 2007 she started her career at Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement in Antwerp and Hong-Kong at the operations department and HSEQ department.

In 2009 she joined Broere Shipping (now John T. Essberger) and sailed as a third mate onboard chemical tankers in the North Sea and European Waters.

In 2009 she joined EXMAR Ship Management and started a new division named Commercial Cruise Vessels. At present she’s involved in various internal and external improvement projects for EXMAR Ship Managment.

Barbara Saverys (1981) - Non-executive director

Barbara Saverys holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the Catholic University of Leuven.  She also graduated magna cum laude at the Artevelde School in Ghent in Office Management (2004).

Since 2010 she has been in charge of the administration and accountancy department of a medical practice.

Isabelle Vleurinck  (1965) - Independent director

Isabelle Vleurinck holds a master degree in Applied Economic Sciences from the KU-Leuven and a diploma of Financial Analyst of the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts.
She started her career in the Corporate Finance department with Bank Degroof. In 1992 she joined Almabo/CMB group where she was project coordinator within the finance department until 2004.
She is now member of the board of Axis Group and is a volunteer counselor to the Aid to Victims team for East-Flanders.


Wouter De Geest (1954) - Independent director

The Board of Directors, in its meeting of 29th January 2020, has co-opted Mr. Wouter De Geest as independent director of the Company within the meaning of Corporate Governance Code, to fill the vacancy that had arisen following the passing away of Mrs. Kathleen Eisbrenner on 9th May 2019.

The appointment of Mr. De Geest will be submitted for approval to the General Meeting of Shareholders of EXMAR NV of Tuesday 19 May 2020.

Mr. De Geest is the chairman of VOKA and was the CEO of BASF Antwerp where he started his career in 1982; he retains his director's mandate on the Supervisory Board of BASF Antwerp. 

Francis Mottrie (1964) – Executive director 

Francis Mottrie is  CEO of EXMAR since April 2020.  He holds an MBA law degree from KU Leuven  and a special degree Marine Science from UFSIA Antwerpen.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the maritime Industry. In 1987 he started his career as Lawyer at the Antwerp bar.  Between 1990 – 2012 he held various management positions (legal , HR , commercial , general management ) in CMB , Safmarine and AP Moller Maersk Group .

From 2012 until 2020 Francis Mottrie was CEO of Bexco NV, manufacturer of ropes for Offshore, Marine  and  Industry. He was deputy CEO of EXMAR since January 2020.