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.
Hans De Rouck
Director Finance, Procurement, Strategy, Performance
Hans De Rouck holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Ghent University. He has been in charge of several domains at ENGIE Laborelec, including oil analyses, environmental analyses, chemistry, combustion, materials technology and the wide range nuclear power related services such as non-destructive testing, nuclear chemistry and nuclear materials. He subsequently took the office of Manager Strategy and Marketing. Today, he is Director Strategy, Human Resources, Finance & Contracting. He prepares the corporate strategy and is in charge of drawing up and realizing the company’s HR and financial policies. He also leads the contracting team and is Chief Ethical Officer and Chief Legal Officer.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Business Line Power and Infrastructure (ad interim)
Appointed to the Executive Committee in January 2021 as Business Line Director for Power and Infrastructure, Pierre joined Laborelec in September 2020 after four years as CEO of Transrad, a leading worldwide force in nuclear and radioactive material logistics in nuclear medicine and power generation.
Pierre started his career at Engie in 1989 as Operations Manager in coal and gas plants, later becoming Plant Manager and Project Manager in established and new CCGT plants in Belgium and beyond. After five years at AceaElectrabel in Italy, he joined ENGIE as a power generation expert where he led the “flexibility program” aiming to make thermal assets part of the energy transition. Pierre became Senior Vice President Operations Support for southern European assets and, from 2012, Senior Vice President Assets Performance and Procurement for the Power Generation Business Unit, Europe, and a member of the Executive Committee.
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.
Thomas De Castro Dias
Director Legal, Ethics and Compliance
With Master’s degrees in Law and in Management (both Cum Laude) from UCLouvain, Thomas De Castro was appointed to the Management team in 2021 after almost two years as ENGIE Laborelec Legal Counsel, leading and advising on legal, ethics and compliance issues. In his current role, he is heavily involved in contracts, advising leadership teams on risk and corporate legal matters.
Thomas began his career as an associate at a Brussels law firm working with high-profile companies on civil commercial, and contractual litigation as well as advising on tax matters and equity management. Before joining ENGIE Laborelec, he spent three years as a Contract Manager at Accenture where he helped sales and business operations negotiate public procurement contracts, and develop their interactions with security practices, data privacy, and partnership and subcontractor issues.
Consistent threads throughout Thomas’s career have been his passion for managing risk, his interest in the issues of intellectual property and industrial cybersecurity, his support for contracting professionals, and promoting awareness of ethics and compliance policies.