Two committees assist the board of directors, the audit committee and the appointments and remuneration committee.
The audit committee consists solely of independent directors. The members of the audit committee have collective expertise related to the activities of the company. The expertise in accounting and auditing of Mr Carel Bikkers, chairman of the audit committee, is evident among other things from his former position as a senior manager of the Dutch media group Audax and from his board member/supervisor mandate in a number of Dutch companies.
The audit committee met five times in 2017. During these meetings the audit committee controlled the integrity of the financial information of the company, closely monitored the activities of the internal and external auditor, and where it deemed necessary, made recommendations in these respects to the board of directors.
At the invitation of the chairman, the audit committee was attended by the statutory auditor, the CEO, the chairman of the board of directors, the CFO and the internal auditor. The statutory auditor attended two times the meetings of the audit committee in 2017.
Attendance at audit committee meetings in 2017:
Carel Bikkers, Chairman
Appointments and remuneration committee
The board of directors has used the opportunity as provided in the Corporate Governance Code to establish a single, joint appointments and remuneration committee.
The appointments and remuneration committee consists solely of non-executive directors, including two independent directors, and has the necessary expertise in the area of remuneration policy.
The CEO and the executive chairman of the board of directors participate in the meetings of the appointments and remuneration committee in an advisory capacity (cf. Article 526 quater of the Companies Code), except when the appointments and remuneration committee deliberates on the remuneration of the CEO and/or the executive chairman of the board of directors.
The HR director of the Group is also invited to attend the meetings of the appointments and remuneration committee.
The appointments and remuneration committee met three times during 2017. The main item on its agenda was: preparing the remuneration report and reviewing the remuneration and bonus policy of the executive management and the composition of the board of directors and its committees.
Attendance at appointments and remuneration committee meetings in 2017:
|Marc Verhamme, Chairman||