Philippe Haspeslagh

@ Chairman of Ardo, Professor at the Vlerick Business School

Professor Philippe Haspeslagh is Honorary Dean and Professor at the Vlerick Business School, a Belgian business school with campuses in Brussels, Gent, Leuven.  He led the school from 2008- 2015.

From 1979 to 2008 he was a faculty member at INSEAD where he held the Paul Desmarais Chaired of Active Ownership, founded the International Directors Forum, the Strategic Issues in M&A programme and directed the Advanced Management Programme. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School (1990) and the Stanford Business School (1985). His research focuses on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

In the corporate governance realm he founded and directed INSEAD’s International Directors Forum from 2000 to 2008. He has participated in or directed many Director programmes, including for ICLIF, the Malaysian Bank Training Institute, for Ecoda, the European Institute of Directors, and with CMI, an initiative to coach senior managers to prepare for Director mandates. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise, where he co-created the “Boards in Family Business” programme.

In the listed context he is an NED of SONAE SGPS, a 6 billion euro Euronext listed Portuguese diversified holding company. Previously he was an NED of Sioen Industries, Kinepolis, and Quest for Growth, all Belgian.

In the family business realm, Professor Haspeslagh is Chairman of Ardo, Europe’s leading freshfrozen vegetable and herbs company.  He also was a NED of Vandemoortele, a European leader in margarine, oils and bakery products, and Chairman of Pieters, Belgium’s leading fish processing company sold to private equity.

In the private equity sphere Philippe Haspeslagh is co-founder and Chairman of Capricorn Venture Partners, a Belgian VC, and  the co-founder and past Chairman of Procuritas, a Scandinavian buy-out firm founded in 1986,

In the non- profit sphere Professor Haspeslagh Chairman of FBN, the Belgian chapter of the Family Business Network. He was until 2021  a Director of Guberna, the Belgian Institute of Directors. He has also been Chief of Cabinet for the Belgian Minister of SME’s and Agriculture.