On Tuesday, the Belgium Paralympic Committee announced that Philippe Mees had resigned as president for personal reasons. The Board of Directors have appointed Anne d’Ieteren as his replacement. Marc Vergauwen has changed roles and now will serve as the Secretary General. The positions of treasurer and vice president remain unchanged, with Ronny Kloeck and Paul Xhrouet staying in their respective roles.
Mees took over the position of President from d’Ieteren in January of this year, because the organization’s charter required that a new person in the role every four years. d’Ieteren had originally served in this role since 2009. In March 2013, d’Ieteren had been re-elected with the full intention of serving the organization through the completion of the 2016 Summer Paralympics. She had to step down because of the rule requirements, and d’Ieteren stepped down while Mees stepped up.
In 1984, Mees became the treasurer of the Belgian Paralympic Committee, and served in that role until 2009 when he became the Secretary General. Outside of sports, he has worked for RPC IT Mainland Europe for the past nine years as as an IT Manager. Before that, he spent 30 years working for RPC Cobelplast Lokeren in the same role. He is based in the Gent area of Belgium.