Brand new State Secretary Alexia Bertrand has given up her seat on the board of directors of the holding company Ackermans & van Haaren after nine years as a result of her appointment. The Bel20 company is now looking for “a new female candidate”, it said on Wednesday.
Open VLD plucked Alexia Bertrand from the French-speaking sister party MR at the end of last week and put her forward to replace Eva De Bleeker as State Secretary for Budget and Consumer Protection in the federal government. Her father Luc Bertrand is chairman of Ackermans & van Haaren. Her brother John-Eric Bertrand is co-CEO of the holding company, next to Piet Dejonghe.
Ackermans & van Haaren issued a trading update on the results in the third quarter on Wednesday. The results continued to “hold up” against the record year 2021, “despite the deteriorating economic situation and the deterioration of the geopolitical context”. The holding company has a war chest of more than half a billion euros and expects to make a record profit this year.
Construction group CFE, which is more than 62 percent owned by Ackermans & van Haaren, also issued an interim statement. The company reports a “modest turnover growth” of 2.8 percent and can boast a well-filled order book of more than 1.7 billion euros. It sticks to its expectations for the full year: a profit that should approach the result of 2021.