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 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Jan-Christian Werner started in Balta in February 2019 as Head of Group Controlling & Reporting and was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 3 July 2019. Jan-Christian has extensive experience in Financial Controllership, Corporate Finance and M&A at international stock market listed companies. Before joining Balta, Jan-Christian was Head of the Finance organization for the EMEA region at Orion Engineered Carbons for five years and afterwards spent one year as acting CFO of AvesOne AG, a listed Investment holding company.
Human Resources Director
Kris Willaert joined Balta on 3rd June 2019 as Human Resources Director. Kris holds a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and has a wealth of HR management experience as he worked for leading global companies. He has previously served in international HR executive roles at KONE International (Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa), MasterCard Europe and Lloyds Pharma
Chief Transformation Officer
Emmanuel Rigaux joined Balta on 1 October 2019 as Chief Transformation Officer. Emmanuel has held various leadership positions at LafargeHolcim, most recently as Head of West & Central Africa. During his time at LafargeHolcim, Emmanuel has gained extensive experience in leading transformation programs. Before his time at LafargeHolcim, Emmanuel started his career with the Boston Consulting Group.
MD Balta home
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.
MD Balta carpets, ITC & arc edition
Oliver Forberich joined the Balta Group September 2nd 2019 as managing director Balta carpets, ITC, arc edition & Captiqs. In 1998 he started his career at SCHOTT focussing on business development and marketing. In 2006 Mr. Forberich joined thinXXS Microtechnology and moved on in 2007 to Bekaert in Belgium. At Bekaert Mr. Forberich worked over the last 12 years holding various general management positions before being appointed CMO & SVP Stainless Technologies. Over the last 20 years he gained extensive experience in many different industries across the globe. Mr. Forberich holds a PhD in Chemistry and an education in economics.
Stefan Claeys joined Balta on 23rd April 2019, as Managing Director modulyss.
Stefan has worked at Beaulieu from 2012 to 2017 as general manager of the technical textiles division. From 2002 to 2012, he was active in the Wienerberger Group in various positions including director corporate marketing and export, CEO of Wiekor in Poland and product group business manager at the Vienna HQ. Prior he occupied international sales, marketing and business development positions within CNH Group, Bekaert and Koramic Investment Group.
President Bentley Mills
Jim Harley, 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.