Viscount Etienne Davignon

1977 - 1984: Vice President of the European Economic Community's Commission and Commissioner for Industry.

From this post Davignon played an indispensable role in the formation of the European Round Table of Industrialist (ERT), a highly influential group composed of the leaders of 40+ multinational companies. Together with Volvo's Pehr Gyllenhammar, Davignon drew up the first list of potential members, inside the Berlaymont building. Davignon personally recruited most of the members of the original group of ERT. The first associates of ERT developed the organisation's agenda from inside Berlaymont, in the presence of Mr. Davignon.[3]

1985: Joins Societe Generale de Belgique (which is not a part of the French Societe Generale).

1989 - 2001: After the take-over of Societe Generale by the Suez group, Davignon became the President of Societe Generale de Belgique.

1986 - 2001: Prominent member of the ERT representing the Suez-owned Societe Generale de Belgique.

2001 - 2003: Vice Chairman of Societe Generale de Belgique.

2003: Suez, the sole shareholder of Societe Generale de Belgique, decides to merge the company with Tractebel and form Suez-Tractebel. Davignon becomes Vice President of the new Suez subsidiary.

Current directorships and offices held:
Chairman of Compagnie Maritime Belge
Compagnie des Wagons-Lits
Recticel, Sibeka
SN Airholding and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium)
Vice-Chairman of SUEZ-TRACTEBEL (Belgium)
Director of Accor* (France)
Real Software
Sofina SA
SN Brussels Airlines (Belgium)
Gilead (United States).

Source: [] CV on Suez website, (last updated by Suez on March 31, 2006)

Chairman of Bilderberg Group.
Chairman of CSR Europe.
Member of the board of Suez. According to the Suez website, Davignon holds 11,111 Suez shares, which are currently worth more than 350,000 euro.
Special adviser to the Development Commissioner Louis Michel on African Issues. (for more information on

Sources: [] Biography of Etienne Davignon on website of Corporate Europe Observatory
[] Wikipedia entry on Bilderberg group
[] CSR Europe biography of Etienne Davignon

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