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Michaël Marique

Managing Director

A holder of an executive MBA from the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP), in Fontainebleau, Michaël graduated from the Faculté Polytechnique in Mons. He started his career at Electrabel in 1995. Over the next nine years, he held various positions in conventional electricity generation, including roles in construction, renovation, maintenance and operations. By the end of 2003 he had joined Marketing & Sales as Senior Key Account Manager for the steel industry in Belgium and Luxembourg. In 2009 Michaël became head of the Application & Process Management Department and, later, Chief Information Officer for Marketing & Sales BeLux. Appointed Chief Digital Officer, in November 2013, for the GDF SUEZ Energy Europe business line he was responsible for the group’s wide-ranging digital strategy. Within a year he had become Laborelec’s Managing Director, just a few months before GDF SUEZ evolved into the ENGIE group of today.

Françoise Sotiau

Director Finance, Procurement, Strategy, Performance and Legal

Graduating from the Solvay Business School as a commercial engineer, Françoise began her career at Electrabel in 2000, working on economic studies at a time of energy market liberalization. In the 12 years that followed, she held various positions in data and risk management, controlling, and asset contract management before moving on to BU Generation in 2012 to lead the European team charged with optimizing thermal power plant revenues. In 2016, Françoise turned her focus to solar energy, setting up and managing ENGIE Sun4Business, a 50%-owned Electrabel subsidiary and third-party investor in solar installations in Belgium. After joining Laborelec in early 2021 as Head of Business Performance, and later Head of Strategy, Performance, and Innovation, she was appointed to the Executive Committee as Director in January 2023.

Olivier Vandelaer

Director People & Organisation, QHSE, Communication, Marketing and Digital

After graduating with a Masters degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Liège in 1997, Olivier began his career assisting major European clients to implement and operate their IT landscapes, as a consultant and through his own company. Olivier joined Electrabel in 2009 as an IS Service Manager, with end-to-end responsibility for services and project delivery in areas such as extranets, intranets, business intelligence and data warehousing. Within less than three years, he was head of one of the ENGIE Group’s IS delivery centers, responsible for managing multi-geography teams, including offshoring, and setting up and overseeing critical business services applications such as revenue and contract management systems. By the beginning of 2016 Olivier had taken on the role of Head of Strategy for the Benelux business unit. In September 2017, ENGIE Laborelec appointed him to the Executive Committee as Director.

Xavier Henry

Director of Business Line International and Emissions

Graduating from the Faculté des Sciences Appliquées in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, Xavier Henry began his career with Total as an operation engineer at a major petrochemical facility. In 2007, he joined Laborelec as a flue gas treatment and combustion expert, spending a year abroad in stakeholder management on a carbon capture and storage joint venture project with E.ON in Rotterdam. Returning to Belgium in 2012 to become Technology Manager at ENGIE Laborelec, Xavier worked on various engineering projects in collaboration with Tractebel, with a focus on SCR retrofit. In 2015, he piloted the reorganization of ENGIE Laborelec’s commercial processes, becoming Deputy Director Strategy, Finance and Contracting and, in early 2017, was appointed Director International, Product Development and Marketing. Xavier also heads the Chemistry department of ENGIE Laborelec, with global operations on water and environmental services, including a leading position of independent SCR service provider. Xavier holds a degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Vlerick Business School.

Coralie Goffin

Director of Business Line Renewables and Urban

Appointed to her new role in Januari 2021, Coralie Goffin brings her wide-ranging experience within Laborelec to delivering solutions for renewable power generation customers. With a master’s degree in chemical engineering, Coralie began her Laborelec career in 1997 as a water chemistry Project Engineer before moving on to posts as Technical Expert in water chemistry, Head of the Chemistry Competence Centre, and Technology Manager responsible for water chemistry. For almost two years from 2010, she led Laborelec’s entire R&D portfolio, working on projects from renewable energy and clean coal to nuclear power and power grids, giving her a unique panoramic view of company activities. In 2012 Coralie moved into executive positions, first as Director of the Sustainable Process Technology Product Line and more recently as Director of the Centralized Generation Department, before being appointed to her current role in the senior management team.

François Thoumsin

Director of Business Line Power and Infrastructure

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Health & Safety from the University of Liège, François enjoyed a 25-year career within the ENGIE Group before being appointed to his new role in October 2022 as Director of the Business Line Power and Infrastructure, delivering operational technical assistance and research for conventional power plants and industries. At the start of his ENGIE career, François led maintenance and operations at several power plants in Belgium and Luxemburg, ranging from coal and gas-fired power plants to hydroelectric and pumped-storage plants. He then concentrated on renewable energies, including as CEO and Chairman of Wind4Flanders, the Electrabel subsidiary specializing in wind farms and B2B solar. He has also been involved in developing Belgian energy communities, leading organizations dedicated to financing and managing renewable assets. More recently, as part of Group transformation, François integrated the EQUANS Group as a Divisional Manager in the Smart Buildings Business Unit.

Femke Flachet

Director of Business Line Nuclear

Appointed Director of the new Nuclear Business Line in 2021, with a firm belief in the value of a multidisciplinary approach, Femke began her Laborelec career as a Senior Project Leader in the Nuclear Lab in 2017 before taking over as Manager just a few months later. At Doel Nuclear Power Station in 2005, she started out as a reactor engineer, moving on to lead the fuel manipulations team. By 2011 she was responsible for fuel assembly contract management and procurement for both the Doel and Tihange plants. In 2014 Femke joined the international nuclear projects department supporting new nuclear unit construction projects in the UK and Turkey.

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