Patrick De Maeseneire (1957) was elected to the Board of Directors of Barry Callebaut AG as Chairman at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in December 2016. Previously, he had served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since December 2015.
Patrick De Maeseneire started his professional career in 1980 at Arthur Andersen. Between 1980 and 1997, he held executive positions at Wang, Apple Computer, and Sun International. He joined the Adecco Group in 1998, where he held leading positions both in Europe and in the US. From 2002 to 2009, Patrick De Maeseneire served as CEO of Barry Callebaut. In 2009 he returned to Adecco to become CEO of the Adecco group, a position he held until August 2015.
On November 4, 2015, he was named CEO of Jacobs Holding AG, the major shareholder of Barry Callebaut AG.
Patrick De Maeseneire also serves as Chairman of Cognita, a leading global private school group, and Colosseum Dental, a leading European/US dental care provider.
Patrick De Maeseneire earned a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering at the Solvay Business School of Brussels University (VUB), Belgium, and a special license in Marketing Management at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium. Patrick De Maeseneire also completed studies in Business Management at the London Business School and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
In 2007, Patrick De Maeseneire was granted the title of Baron by King Albert II of Belgium.