Dipl.-Ing. Jochen Pflug, graduated in 1994 from the University of Applied Science Aachen in Aerospace Engineering. In 1996 he received his master degree in Polymer and Composites Engineering from the K.U.Leuven. From 1996 to 2005 he was research assistant in the Composites Materials Research Group at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM) of the K.U.Leuven. Since 2005 Jochen Pflug is Chairman of the Board and since April 2007 Chief Executive Officer of EconCore.
Prof. dr. ir. Ignaas Verpoest, graduated in 1972 and received his PhD in 1982 in Materials Engineering at the K.U.Leuven. From 1982 on he specialized in polymer composites research at the K.U. Leuven. Since 1991 he is Professor at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM) and head of the Composites Materials Research Group. Prof. Verpoest was president of the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM, 1997-2003) and of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM, 2003-2005). He is now chairman of the Leuven Materials Research Centre. Since 2005, he is scientific advisor in the Board of EconCore.
M.Sc. Katrien Reynders-Frederix, graduated in 2003 at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven) as a master in Biomedical Sciences. In 2010, she completed a post-graduate in Business Administration at the K.U. Leuven and as of 2012 she is certified in Project Management at the PMI. Ms. Reynders-Frederix has held several leadership roles within medical devices, biotech – and pharmaceutical industry. Today, she works as a senior Project Manager at PRA Health Sciences where she manages international research programs for biotech- and pharmaceutical clients.
Dr. ir. Francis De Blauwe, graduated as a PhD Polymer Chemistry at the K.U.Leuven in 1973. After a Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, he started as a Research Technologist at the R&D division of Raychem in Menlo Park, California. From 1976 till 1990 he had several positions in the Telecom Division of Raychem in Kessel-Lo, Belgium. He joined in 1990 Heraeus Electro-Nite, as Executive Vice-President Operations, with worldwide responsibilities for Sales and Marketing, R&D and Manufacturing. He developed Heraeus Sensor-Nite as a spin-off in the automotive market from 1996 till 2001. From 2002 till 2004 he was General Manager of the Aspel Injection Molding Business unit, a Division of Afinia Plastics.
MBA. Walter Van de Weyer, graduated as Master in Applied Economics, UFSIA (Antwerp) in 1986 and holds a post-graduate in Business Administration (VUB Brussels 1991). He has held senior financial positions in large Multinational Companies (Schindler Lifts, VF Europe, Valeo,..) as well as in SMEs like Xperthis, in various industries and international constellations. The common denominator being change management in all its aspects (IT platforms, (de)centralization of services, nonlinear growth, etc..). Today he manages as CFO the ECONCORE group finances and HR and acts as liaison between the company and its stakeholders