During its meeting of February 15, 2011, the Board of Directors of Agfa-Gevaert accepted the recommendation from CEO Christian Reinaudo to appoint Luc Thijs as president of the Agfa HealthCare business group and member of the Group's Executive Committee, effective April 1, 2011. Luc Thijs succeeds Christian Reinaudo, who, until now, combined his role of CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group with his former position of president of Agfa HealthCare.
Reinaudo stated, "In Luc Thijs we have found the combination of strong managerial qualities and a deep knowledge of both the healthcare industry and the Agfa HealthCare business group. Over the past years, the Agfa HealthCare business group has been reorganized and streamlined. It has now a clear strategy and an efficient organization at its disposal to deal with the many challenges of this industry. With Luc leading the HealthCare operations, I will be fully able to focus on my role of CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group and the implementation of our growth strategy."
After a brief period at Bekaert Textiles, Thijs started his career at Agfa Gevaert's Medical Division in 1990. He took up consecutive general management roles for Agfa HealthCare in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Italy. Starting in 2006, he was in charge of Agfa HealthCare's global Imaging Division. Since 2009, he led Agfa HealthCare's Growth Markets region.