Johan Vanderplaetse — Chairman, Association of European Businesses; President, Russia and CIS, Schneider Electric
Johan has a wide and diverse experience in senior leadership roles in multinational companies in Russia and Europe. Before joining Schneider Electric he held the position of VP Europe, Eastern Region (including Russia/CIS) at Emerson Process Management since 2009. He began his professional career in the early 90s, after graduating with honors from University of Ghent, from College of Europe and from Pushkin Institute of Russian Language and Culture. A large part of his career has been spent in Alcatel. He started as Legal Counsel and moved over years to strategic and leadership positions in the CIS and Central Europe regions. He also spent a few years in an EBRD investment fund in Kazakhstan which generated substantial capital gains. Since June 2016 – President for Russia and CIS at Schneider Electric.