Etex’s day-to-day management is in the experienced hands of our Executive Committee. The Board of Directors determines the strategy and major investments.

Executive Committee: day-to-day management

Paul Van Oyen

Paul Van Oyen

CEO and responsible for Etex Industry Division, Africa Region and Communications

"I am close to the day-to-day business – knowing everybody by their first name – while thinking conceptually about the future at the same time."

Paul Van Oyen has been the CEO of Etex since 1 January 2015, and also acts as the responsible for Etex Industry, the Africa Region and Communications. After several years as a researcher and technologist, he joined Etex in 1990, starting off as a Laboratory and Project Manager in the Redco R&D department. After that, he led the Business Development of our European Building Materials division. In 2004, he became Business Development Manager and successfully completed several acquisitions in Europe. Meanwhile, he also helped shape our business in clay tiles and in 2007 took the role of Managing Director for Eastern Europe. In 2011, Paul became Director of the Fire Protection & Insulation Division, better known under its brand name Promat.

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Per Olof Algortson

Per-Olof Algotsson

Head of Etex Building Performance Division

“Sustainable businesses are built on the fundamentals of long-term thinking and diverse and inclusive teams that are focussed on creating value for others.”

In April 2018, Per-Olof joined Etex as Head of Etex Building Performance Division. After starting his career at Euroc in 1981 and subsequently working at SDS, Trelleborg Group and Rescon/Liwell, Per-Olof moved to Akzo Nobel in 1991, where he carried out commercial management functions in Sweden and Russia. From 2000 to 2010, Per-Olof held senior management positions at Johns Manville, both in Sweden and Slovakia. When he left, Per-Olof was General Manager and Managing Director for John Manville’s European fibres and global glass textiles businesses. From 2011 to 2014, he was Business and Managing Director for the Packaging Solutions EIMEA business unit of H.B. Fuller. Before joining Etex, Per-Olof worked as General Manager and Managing Director for the Global Technical Fabrics Downstream business unit of Owens Corning in Brussels.

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Alex Carnevale

Alex Carnevale

CPO and responsible for EHS, Purchasing and Engineering

"Commit as a team to do great things."

Since January 2016, Alex Carnevale has been Etex’s Chief Performance Officer and in that role he is also responsible for EHS, Purchasing and Engineering. Alex started his professional career as Process/Project Engineer at AlliedSignal in 1988. In the ten years that followed, he held a variety of management roles, culminating in the role of Production Manager in France. Afterwards, Alex went on to become Plant Manager at Honeywell and, three years later, was promoted to General Manager Europe of this automation technology multinational. From 2004 onwards, Alex Carnevale took on several leadership roles at Performance Fibers. Prior to joining Etex, Alex also worked as an independent business consultant on different projects in various industries.

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Mel de Vogue

CFO and responsible for IT and Legal

"Together with my team, I want to help us grow in a profitable way, while creating value for Etex's stakeholders. Kind of like a family man supporting his household."

Mel de Vogue joined Etex as its CFO on 1 May 2015. He is also responsible for IT and since September 2016 for Legal. Prior to Etex, he gained extensive experience at several international industrial groups. Between 2009 and 2015, Mel was the CFO of Belgian chemicals group Tessenderlo for five years. From 2013 onwards, he combined that function with the role of Co-CEO. Between 2004 and 2009, Mel was CFO of Arjowiggins, a specialty papers group headquartered in France. Prior to that, he held various key financial functions at Suez Environnement Group, in several countries around the world.

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Michael Fenlon

Michael Fenlon

Head of Etex Façade Division

"The most important reason to be in business is to make a difference.”

Since 1 March 2016, Michael Fenlon holds a global responsibility for the Etex Façade division. Michael joined Etex in 1998 as Factory Manager at Tegral Metal Forming in Athy, Ireland, and became its Managing Director in 2002. Between 2010 and 2016, Michael was Managing Director of Etex’s cladding business, PSE façade. Under his leadership both Equitone and Cedral brands developed into leading names in the cladding segment. Michael’s guidance was also essential to the international expansion of our cladding activities from Europe to Asia, Latin America and the United States. 

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Michel Klein

Head of Roofing Division

Michel is Head of Etex Roofing since August 2016. Before joining Etex, he spent one year as Senior Advisor for building materials and distribution, for a global private equity firm based in London. Between 2009 and 2015, Michel was a member of the Rexel Group Executive Committee, the leading worldwide distributor of electrical supplies, and CEO and Senior VP of Central & Eastern Europe. From 1995 to 2009, he took up various positions at French building materials group Lafarge – fulfilling the roles of Organisation Director, CEO of Lafarge Roofing Components, CEO of Lafarge Roofing France, then Group Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Monier Group (previously Lafarge Roofing). 

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M. Macharis

Myriam Macharis

HR Director

"I love developing and implementing new business approaches and creating a sense of dynamics."

Myriam Macharis started her career in the legal world, as a legal advisor, outside Etex at first and for Eternit Belgium from 1983. Having tried her hand at several corporate activities across Etex, such as legal, EHS and public relations, Myriam became HR Director for Eternit Belgium in 2005. In 2011, she took on the role of HR Director at group level. 

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Carla Sinanian

Chief Strategy Officer

“Working together with great people to make an impact.”

In September 2017, Carla joined Etex as Chief Strategy Officer. Carla began her career at medical technology leader Medtronic, where she had several international sales & marketing management roles. After obtaining an MBA, Carla joined Royal Philips Electronics as VP of Corporate Strategy, before moving to Japan to become Head of Strategy for Philips in Asia. She then joined Philips Semiconductors to run a global wireless business and accepted several global strategy and marketing roles at NXP Semiconductors. Prior to joining Etex, Carla was part of Deloitte, where she was partner in the high-tech practice.

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Board of Directors


(from left to right : Gustavo Oviedo, Bernadette Spinoy, Philippe Vlerick, Christian Simonard, Regnier Haegelsteen, Guillaume Voortman, Jean-Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, Walter Emsens, Paul Van Oyen, Pierre Vareille, Caroline Thijssen, Teodoro Scalmani)

Our Board sets out our overall strategy, decides on major investments and monitors corporate matters. Its members are:

  • Jean-Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, chairman
  • Paul Van Oyen, managing director
  • Walter Emsens, director
  • Regnier Haegelsteen, director
  • Gustavo Oviedo, director
  • Pierre Vareille, director
  • Teodoro Scalmani, director
  • Christan Simonard, director
  • Bernadette Spinoy, director
  • Caroline Thijssen, director
  • Philippe Vlerick, director
  • Guvo SPRL, represented by its permanent representative Mr. Guillaume Voortman.

According to the principles of governance, Etex has a carefully designed structure that aims for optimal business performance while managing risks and exercising sufficient control. 

You can read more about our company structure here.