The executive committee of Balta has strong industry expertise with a substantial track record including acquisitions and integration and a corporate culture focused on the best-in-class service, quality and cost efficiency (“Being the best, and always better”).
Cyrille Ragoucy has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management positions. His last operational position, before Balta, was as CEO of Tarmac Ltd (originally Lafarge Tarmac), a leading building materials and construction solutions firm in the UK, where he oversaw the creation of the joint venture between Lafarge SA and Anglo American as well as the integration of several acquisitions, before the entity was purchased by CRH, a large Irish construction firm in August 2015. From 1998 to 2012, Mr Ragoucy was with Lafarge, serving as CEO of Lafarge Shui On Cement, a Chinese joint venture between Lafarge and Shui On, and CEO of Lafarge Construction Materials for Eastern Canada, among other director and executive-level posts. Currently he is also non-executive chairman of Chryso Group.
Chief Financial Officer
Jan-Christian Werner was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2019 after previously heading the Group Controlling and Reporting at Balta and has extensive experience in Corporate Finance as well as Financial Controllership at international stock market listed companies. Before joining Balta in February 2019, Mr Werner was leading the finance organisation for the EMEA region at Orion Engineered Carbon for five years and afterwards spent one year as acting CFO of AvesOne AG, a listed Investment holding company.
Chief Transformation Officer
Emmanuel Rigaux joined Balta in October 2019 as Chief Transformation Officer. Mr Rigaux has spent 20 years at LafargeHolcim in various leadership positions, most recently as Head of West and Central Africa. During his time at LafargeHolcim, Mr Rigaux has gained extensive experience in leading transformation programs. Before his time at LafargeHolcim, Mr Rigaux spent two years at Boston Consulting Group.
Human Resources Director
Mieke Buckens joined Balta in September 2021 as Human Resources Director. Mieke holds a Master’s degree in Law and has a wealth of HR management experience as she worked for leading global companies. She has previously served in international HR executive roles at TUI, Barry Callebaut and Deceuninck.
MD Balta home
Marc Dessein is Managing Director of Balta Home. Mr Dessein has worked for Balta since 1992, serving as Managing Director of the Rugs division since 2006. From 1993 until 2006, he was General Manager of the Wool-Heatset Rugs Business Unit of Balta and prior to that Export Sales Manager . From 1985 to 1992 he held sales and management positions at Pfizer, Radar and Sun International.
MD Balta carpets & arc edition
Oliver Forberich joined Balta in September 2019 as managing director of Balta carpets, ITC and arc edition. Before joining Balta, Mr Forberich worked at Bekaert where he was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Stainless Technologies. Mr Forberich spent twelve years at Bekaert in different leadership roles covering various geographies. Before Bekaert, Oliver also held several executive roles at Schott AG.
Stefan Claeys joined Balta in April 2019, as Managing Director of modulyss, our European commercial brand for carpet tiles. Stefan has worked at Beaulieu for the last five years as the General Manager of the Technical Textiles Division. Before Beaulieu, he spent ten years at the Wienerberger Group in various leadership positions including Director Corporate Marketing and Export, CEO of Wiekor in Poland and Product Group Business Manager.
President Bentley Mills
Jim Harley joined the Management Committee as President of Bentley Mills in the USA. Jim, a seasoned industry executive rejoined Bentley in February 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, and took the helm as President in November 2017.
Jim has earned a distinguished reputation in the floorcovering industry. He started his career with Bentley more than 32 years ago, as part of the management team that built the company from a small start-up carpet manufacturer in 1980 into a brand widely recognized for its innovative design, high-quality products and excellence in customer service. He returned to Bentley in 2013 after spending eight years in executive roles at Tandus (now Tarkett), Monterey Carpets and Chroma Systems.