At the Elia group special general meeting held today in Brussels, Roberte Kesteman was appointed as an independent director.
Roberte Kesteman earned a degree in commercial and consular sciences (VLEKHO business school, now Odisee), and also studied at INSEAD Business School. She is currently an independent advisor after building up extensive experience in the energy and chemical sector over nearly 30 years by holding key management positions in Belgium and abroad, such as her roles as CEO of Nuon Belgium SA/NV and CEO of the Greek gas companies EPA Thessalonikis and EPA Thessalias.
Her appointment is for a period of six years. Following Ms Kesteman's appointment, Elia's Board of Directors now has 14 members, half of whom are independent directors.
About Elia Group
The Elia Group is organised around two electricity transmission system operators (TSOs): Elia Transmission in Belgium and - together with Industry Funds Management (IFM) - 50Hertz Transmission, one of the four German TSOs, active in the north and east of Germany.
With more than 2,100 employees and a transmission grid comprising some 18,400 km of high-voltage connections serving 30 million end users, the Elia Group is one of Europe's top five TSOs.
It efficiently, reliably and securely transmits electricity from generators to distribution system operators and major industrial consumers, while also importing and exporting electricity to and from neighbouring countries. The Group is a driving force behind the development of the European electricity market and the integration of energy generated from renewable sources.
In addition to its TSO activities in Belgium and Germany, the Elia Group offers businesses a range of consultancy and engineering services through its subsidiary Elia Grid International (EGI).
The Group operates under the legal entity Elia System Operator, a listed company whose core shareholder is the municipal holding company Publi-T.