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Etienne Davignon

President of CSR Europe, President of Friends of Europe

Etienne Davignon is a Belgian politician, businessman, and former vice-president of the European Commission.

Born on 4th October 1932 in Budapest (Hungary)

1959: Joins the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1961 – 1965: Attache and then head of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paul-Henri Spaak.
1974 – 1977: President of the International Energy Agency.
1977 – 1984: Vice President of the European Economic Community’s Commission and Commissioner for Industry.
1985: Joins Societe Generale de Belgique
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 Suez-Tractebel. He is Chairman of Genfina.

Today
• Chairman of Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, SN Airholding and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium)
• Director of Gilead* (United States).
• Chairman of CSR Europe.