Fabienne Soetaers holds an economic degree extended with diverse executive education programmes at the Insead Business School in Fontainebleau and at the Vlerick Management School in Gent. In 2003 Mrs Soetaers joined Group Machiels and became responsible for various financial functions such as the implementation of the internal audit department, the business analysis of expansion and new business opportunities and the review of several internal business processes. Today Mrs Soetaers is the CFO of Group Machiels. Next to her position as CFO Mrs Soetaers holds several board positions within different holding companies and subsidiaries of Group Machiels. She is responsible for the supervision of the financial management, gives her input and vision on the Corporate Strategy and safeguards the growth of the shareholders value.