Rika Coppens is a member of the Supervisory Board, a member of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination and Governance Committee. She was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2021. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Euronext Brussels S.A./N.V. and a member of the Supervisory Board of Euronext Amsterdam N.V.
Rika Coppens obtained a master’s degree in commercial engineering at the University of Leuven, whereafter she kicked off her career as audit manager at PWC and CFO at Bureau Van Dijk Computer Services. Next to that, Ms Coppens was CFO at Zenitel and EFR Group (currently Eurogarages), where she became CEO. In 2017 she moved to the HR-world as CEO of House of HR and Accent Jobs. Since October 2020 she is fully concentrating on her CEO-role at House of HR. Under her guidance, the group realised a strong growth strategy and high profitability, with a focus on specialised niche markets and innovative HR-applications.
Ms Coppens has gained a vast experience in international mergers and acquisitions, audit and finance, with a keen eye for innovative business development, female entrepreneurship and ‘human resourcefulness’. She calls herself ‘missionary of work’, holding a warm plea for work as the driving force behind wellbeing and welfare. She is a sought-after speaker and opinion leader in the world of entrepreneurship and HR. Within House of HR, Ms Coppens also founded the JobRoad Foundation, focusing on finding a job for people with a longer distance to the labour market, in this way advocating that work is a means to integration in society.
Ms Coppens started in 2016 as independent director at House of HR, where she held the position of chair of the audit committee. She was also active as Board member and member of the audit committee in Realdolmen, until it was acquired by GfI Group (currently Inetum). She currently is a non-executive board member at Colruyt Group and chair of the Audit Committee and a non-executive board member at La Lorraine Bakery group, both entities having also a strong focus on sustainability, mainly in saving energy in facilities, the production or transportation process relating to food production and retail and in sustainable agriculture.