Jo Van Biesbroeck

Jo VAN BIESBROECK
Zone President Western Europe & Chief Strategy Officer
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Based in Leuven, Belgium, Jo Van Biesbroeck leads the Western European Zone ManCom and the Global Export ManCom for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, with well-known brands like Stella, Beck’s, Budweiser, Leffe and Hoegaarden.  He joined Anheuser-Busch InBev in 1978.
In his role, since the beginning of 2010, he leads a team of 10 Vice Presidents and Heads of Business Units covering the full operations scope with sales, marketing, breweries and support functions for Western-Europe, one of six operating zones in the company.  As President of worldwide Export Anheuser-Busch InBev International, he has full P/L responsibility on the worldwide export sales for AB InBev and, as Chief Strategy Officer, he leads the strategic reflection within AB InBev, supporting the CEO.
He started his career at Brouwerij Artois and after a number of functions in the commercial, marketing and logistics department, he first took up a Manager’s and then a Controller’s function in the Financial department.  After the merger of Brouwerij Artois and Brasserie Piedboef, Jo became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Europe-Asia-Africa at the newly named company Interbrew and became Member of the Executive Committee of the Group.  During the 90s more than 40 acquisitions were done and financed (Central Europe, China, Canada, South Korea).  Jo was member of the Russian and South Korean Board of Directors.  In 1999 Jo was appointed Executive Vice President Control & Planning, actively involved in the IPO of the group December 2000 and was responsible for the worldwide implementation of IAS compliancy by end 2001. 
Jo stepped out of Corporate Finance and M&A to be appointed as Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer in 2003.  During a period of 3 years, he managed the strategic change program for InBev, defined the optimal path for maximizing organic growth, participated in the mergers & acquisitions team for AmBev deal as well as in the post deal integration team.  From December 2005 till end 2008, Jo was Member of the AmBev Board of Directors.
In 2006, Jo took up the role of Chief Sales and Strategy Officer.  In this function he put in place a strong global sales team and defined the InBev way of sales execution in the markets by leading an important multidisciplinary change program led over top 10 countries.
Jo Van Biesbroeck (° December 19, 1956, Leuven, Belgium), holds a University degree in Economics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, is a Dutch mother tongue and speaks French and English.  He is interested in all sports and supports value and charity programs for children and disabled.