Philippe Dechamps joined Celyad in September 2016 and brings over 20 years of expertise in Corporate Affairs. He started his career at the Brussels Bar with De Bandt (now Linklaters) in 1994. He joined the legal team of Solvay in 1998 where he was mostly active in mergers and acquisitions. He then developed and managed the distribution contracts of the cardiovascular businesses of Guidant and Abbott in Europe, Middle East and Africa for more than 5 years, before leaving the pharma and medical device industry to join Delhaize Group in 2008, where he became General Counsel & Company Secretary in March 2015. In this role Philippe was part of the senior leadership team that successfully negotiated and finalized the merger of Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold in July 2016. Philippe holds a Master of Laws from the Harvard Law School, a Master of European Laws from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Master of Laws from the Université Catholique de Louvain.