FERMA at the general assembly has elected three board members for new three year terms, and one new substitute. The board members are


  • Vice PresidentMichel Dennerywho was re-elected for a further three years.
  • Alessandro De Felice whose appointment as a board member earlier this year was confirmed.
  • A new board member, Jo Willaert who is also a board member of the Belgian risk management association BELRIM.

The new substitute is Isabel Martinez, a board member of the Spanish risk management association AGERS.

Michel Dennery is Deputy Chief Risk Officer for GDF Suez and a member of the French association AMRAE. During his time as a board member, Michel has been active in developing FERMA’s Guidance on the 8th EU Company Law Directive and its response to the European Commission 2011 green paper on corporate governance. He is currently the board member responsible for the 2012 FERMA Seminar which will take place on 22-23 October in Versailles.

Alessandro De Felice is Group Risk Manager for the high technology cables and systems company Prysmian and a member of the board of the Italian risk management association ANRA.

Jo Willaert is Corporate Risk Manager of imaging solutions group Agfa-Gevaert where he is in charge of the design of the group’s worldwide enterprise risk management (ERM) and insurance programmes. A law graduate, Willaert spent the first part of his career in broking with companies which eventually became part of Marsh and later with Aon.



Jo Willaert

Jo Willaert

He commented: “As a firm believer in the European identity, I would like to use my skills to support and promote the importance of the risk management discipline in this complex world.”

Isabel Martinez has an academic background and has published more than 80 papers, analyses and books on corporate finance, risk management, emergency and continuity management, and other topics. Today she is Head of Finance and Marketing for the Autonomous University of Madrid and continues in academic life as a senior lecturer in corporate finance at the university.