Dear Members, 
Dear Friends,


I’m very happy to announce that after a rigorous selection process, the board of directors of ‘Women on Board’ has appointed Marie-Elisabeth Bellefroid as our new CEO.


Marie brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance, board effectiveness, and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing boards today. She began her career at Guberna as a senior research associate, and continued her impressive track record at Deloitte Belgium, where she led the development of corporate governance services and managed the Boardroom Program, an information and exchange platform for non-executive board members, which makes her the perfect fit to lead Women on Board into our next chapter.


As many of you know, our mission at Women on Board is to promote gender diversity in boardrooms, fostering innovation, better decision-making, and stronger companies. Together with all of you we’ve built an incredible community of over 320 talented women ready to take on board roles, and Marie’s expertise will be instrumental in accelerating our impact. Under Marie’s leadership, we’re not just aiming to be a “nice to have” organization – we’re setting our sights on becoming an unstoppable force for change. We’re ready to expand our reach, amplify our voice, and make an even greater difference in the boardrooms of both public and private companies.


I also want to extend my warmest thanks to Trees Paelinck for her eight years of exceptional leadership. Trees has been the heart and soul of Women on Board, and her dedication has been invaluable to our growth and success.  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.


A few words from Marie:
“I’m honored and excited to join Women on Board as your new CEO. I’ve long admired the organization’s mission and the incredible community of strong female leaders that has been built over the past years. I’m eager to work alongside all of you to drive meaningful change and empower even more women to take their rightful place in the boardroom.”


Please join me in welcoming Marie to the Women on Board community! We’re excited to embark on this new journey together. I hope to see you all at our General Assembly on June 24th, where we’ll celebrate both Trees’ contributions and Marie’s new leadership.


With great enthusiasm,
Gaëlle Helsmoortel
Chairwoman, Women on Board
Tel: +32/476.29.11.64

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