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Governing bodies

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De Lijn has three governing bodies with specific powers:

  • General assembly
  • The board of directors
  • Director-General
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General assembly

The general assembly approves the annual accounts and discharges the board of directors for the execution of its mandate. 
The chairman of the general assembly is Jos Geuens. 
The general assembly comprises the owners of the company shares. They are:

  • the Flemish Region (81.6%)
  • the provinces (6.8%)
  • the municipalities (11.6%)
  • private individuals (0.1 %)
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The board of directors

The board of directors is the highest governing body of De Lijn. It has the most extensive powers. The board of directors consists of 11 directors, 2 company auditors from the Flemish Government and 2 observers from the trade unions for the professional matters. The Flemish Government appoints the members.

Tasks

  • determine the operational budget and award budget to the operational entities
  • appoint staff members of the highest level
  • determine powers of the director-general and the directors
  • buy and sell real estate
  • close annual accounts
  • draw up investment program
  • conclude management agreement
  • place orders and conclude contracts

Composition

Chairman: Marc Descheemaecker
Vice chairman: Johan Sauwens 
Directors: 

  • Irina De Knop
  • Bruno De Saegher
  • Luc Martens
  • Evelien Putman
  • Goedele Sannen
  • Birre Timmermans
  • Jean-Paul Van Avermaet
  • Katrien Vanhulle
  • Arend Van Itterbeek

Commissioners of the Flemish Government at the Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij

  • Maarten Van Onckelen
  • Erwin Vermeulen

Representatives for the professional affairs at the board of directors

  • Rita Coeck
  • Jan Coolbrandt

Director-General

The Flemish Government appoints the Director-General. The Director-General executes the board's decisions and presides over the company's daily affairs. He lawfully attends the meetings of the board of directors and the general assembly of the advisory voice. 
  
Director general: Roger Kesteloot 

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