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 becoming interim CEO of 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 and non-executive director of SIG plc.
Mr. Ragoucy holds a Master of Management from the University of Paris IX (Dauphine), France.
Tom Gysens joined the Balta Group as CFO in 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Gysens worked for Beaulieu International Group for over 10 years, serving as Group CFO from 2008 to 2016 and Group Controller from 2005 to 2008. Before Beaulieu, Mr. Gysens was Financial Projects Manager for Berry Floor Group from 2004 to 2005 and Senior Audit Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers Bedrijfsrevisoren from 1997 to 2004.
He holds master’s degrees in Commercial Engineering (cum laude) and in Accountancy and Auditing (cum laude) from the Catholic University of Leuven.
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Marc Dessein has worked for the Balta Group 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 Group and prior to that Export Sales manager. From 1985 to 1992 he held sales and management positions at Pfizer, Radar and Sun International. From 1981 to 1985 he was Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University Leuven.
Mr. Dessein holds master’s degrees in Physical Education (magna cum laude) from the Catholic University of Leuven and in Marketing (magna cum laude) from Vlerick Management School, University of Ghent.
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Lieven Vandendriessche joined the Balta Group as Managing Director of the Carpets and Tiles division in 2016. From 2011 to 2016, he worked as General Manager Europe and served as a member of the Executive Committee for Bekaert Deslee, a private equity owned global market leader for mattress textiles. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Vandendriessche was Group Vice President of Operations for Deceuninck, a global leader in PVC window profile systems, having joined the group in 1995.
Mr. Vandendriessche earned a Master of Business Economics (magna cum laude) from Erasmushogeschool, Brussels.