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”).
Tom Debusschere joined the Balta Group as CEO in 2016. From 2009 to 2016, he served as CEO of Deceuninck NV, a global leader in PVC window and door systems. Prior to Deceuninck, Mr. Debusschere was the President of Unilin Decor from 2004 to 2008 and served multiple roles at Deceuninck USA between 1995 and 2004 including General Manager, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Supply Chain & IT and Director of Logistics & IT. Mr. Debusschere holds a Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from University of Ghent.
Tom Gysens joined the Balta Group as CFO in 2016. Prior to joining the Balta Group, Mr. Gysens worked for Beaulieu International Group for over ten 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 a Master in Commercial Engineering (cum laude) and a Master 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 and has served 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 the Balta Group and prior to that he was 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 in the Faculty of Medicine at Catholic University Leuven. Mr. Dessein holds Master in Physical Education (magna cum laude) from the Catholic University of Leuven and a Master 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 in Business Economics (magna cum laude) from Erasmushogeschool, Brussels.