RHEA Group’s Corporate Governance seeks to balance the interests of our key stakeholders, clients, partners and staff. Adherence to high standards of corporate governance is paramount to the RHEA Board, Strategic Advisors and Management Team and is reflected in the processes and with the policies in which RHEA Group chooses to operate.
André Sincennes is President and Managing Director of RHEA Group. He has nearly 30 years’ experience working in executive positions in Europe and Canada, and has played a strategic role developing economic business relationship between Belgium and Canada.
During his career in business management, André has overseen multiple company mergers and acquisitions, and fostered relations with government administrations, international agencies and leading organizations across two continents. André’s legal acumen and diplomacy expertise have facilitated innovative partnerships and demonstrated an ability to rally industry by harnessing commitment from its partners.
André became leader of RHEA Group in 2009, providing strategic vision, identifying and exploiting new business opportunities, and fostering impressive sustained growth during a period of global economic instability. RHEA Group is now one of the largest international space engineering and cybersecurity companies in Belgium.
André graduated from the University of Ottawa Law Faculty in 1981. In 2012, André was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Emmanuel Adant is Chief Corporate Officer and Deputy Managing Director of RHEA Group, having joined the company in 2014. A member of the RHEA Group Board, he leads the full operational support suite of Finance, HR, Legal, IT, Quality and other key back office teams across more than 11 countries.
Emmanuel is accustomed to leading multinational teams holding budgetary responsibilities of over €100 million. His financial career has covered all areas, including: accounting; forecasting; financial control; cash management; modelling; and auditing. He has more than 20 years’ experience running finance and operations teams, with an emphasis on service excellence and delivery.
Leading by example, he is now developing and upskilling his own team of leaders to ensure continued quality and growth. Under Emmanuel’s direction, the company has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications.
Emmanuel graduated from ICHEC Brussels Management School in 1993 with a Master’s degree in business and economics. He is fluent in French, English and Flemish.
Arne Matthyssen joined RHEA Group in December 2011.
Arne’s career in started 1996 as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). He then moved into system engineering in a Belgian space company working on projects related to space robotics monitoring and control, before returning to ESTEC to work in ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility. In 2004, Arne created J-CDS BV, which provided concurrent design solutions to space and non-space industries. J-CDS BV became a member company of the RHEA Group in 2011
Through his RHEA career, Arne has been a project manager and business unit manager, and now holds the joint roles of Chief Solutions and Innovation Officer and Corporate Security Officer. He is responsible for all team members, projects, developments, innovations and solutions related to ground segment solutions and operations, data analytics, AI and machine learning, mission operations preparation, concurrent design, digital engineering and security services.
Arne graduated from Delft University of Engineering with a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1996. He is Member of the Board of Directors of RHEA System S.A. and the Flemish Space Industry.
Peter Dubock is a member of the RHEA Group Board. He has been associated with RHEA Group since retiring from the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2010. In his support he focusses on ESA and EU programmes such as Galileo and Copernicus.
While at ESA, Peter engineered major parts of the ground computer system for the first Meteosat mission, led a team producing onboard software for the first ESA manned flight mission with Ulf Merbold, and played a major part in the production of spacecraft such as ERS 1, ENVISAT and Aeolus. His final role in his near 40-year career at ESA was as the Agency’s Inspector General for several years.
Since leaving ESA, Peter has acted as Independent Chair for a number of investigations on behalf of ESA, Arianespace, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Commission. Probably the most notable of these was into the anomalous launch of Soyuz VS09 carrying two Galileo satellites.
Peter holds a BSc and a PhD from the University of Southampton, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the British Computer Society.
Gilles Grenier is a member of the RHEA Group Board. He brings more than 40 years’ experience to the company from working in the aeronautical, defence and space sectors, and in various roles within Thales Communications and Airbus Group. His most recent position was Vice-President of Engineering and Innovation at Airbus Space and Defence.
Gilles has extensive experience of change management and transformation, including direct management of global transformation plans and engineering improvement plans. He combines enterprise and sport performance improvement experience in his role as a consultant, and is busy both as a coach of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and as a professor at establishments including Telecom Paris Tech, Centrale Supélec, MBA Nice and French Military School.
Gilles is a big supporter of innovation and start-up management. He owns 11 patents for image and signal processing, and was awarded the Prix de l’Ingénieur Général Chanson in 1992.
Gilles graduated from Telecom Paris Tech and has both INSEAD (aerospace strategy) and Airbus management certificates, including Quality Black Belt and LEAN 6 SIGMA.
Each RHEA Group operating company is incorporated in its country of operations eg. Belgium (with representations in Spain and France), Netherlands, Czech Republic Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Canada, delivering proximity services to our clients.
The RHEA Group of Companies is managed and operated as a single entity. Global corporate operations from the Belgium headquarters optimise the harmonization of policies and procedures, resources management and recruitment, finance and contract support and staff career development. These translate in greater efficiency and cost savings passed on to our clients.
RHEA Group has a service-centric organizational structure that facilitates the provision and continuous improvement of global services, maximising value to our employees and our clients.