Our Governance

EFQM is a not for profit, membership Foundation. It is run by the members, for the members. In addition to the EFQM Management Team based in Brussels, a Board of Directors oversees EFQM’s operations. It is supported by a Strategy Committee, a Finance and Audit Committee and a Nomination and HR Committee.

Board of Directors

The EFQM BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets twice a year. Its role is to ensure that EFQM’s strategy and its implementation are aligned with the mission of the Foundation, taking into account the views and expectations of all stakeholder groups. It also strives to maximise the added-value for members and to secure EFQM’s sustainable financial independence. The Board of Directors consists of the CEOs or senior executives of EFQM members. Directors are elected for a two-year period. They elects one of them to Chair the Board.


Paul G. K. Little
City of Glasgow College
Paul is at the helm of Scotland’s leading college and is responsible for developing a new £228M world class twin campus in the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter and along the River Clyde. Paul has successfully led and transformed five UK colleges and has earned a national reputation as one of the education sector’s leading reformers. He has studied with leading European business schools and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. As a qualified yacht skipper, Paul served as a HM Coastguard Officer for 30 years and completed tours of duty with the US Coastguard.

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Sophie Bechu
Royal Philips
Sophie Bechu joined Philips as Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations in September 2016. Sophie has extensive experience in operations, service delivery, procurement, supply chain, quality, engineering and strategic outsourcing. She has international experience working in Europe, Hong Kong, India and the USA. She leads Philips’ improvement in our operational excellence and drives our Order to Cash (O2C) initiative as the operational backbone of the company. This covers everything from the way the company receives a customer order, to producing the goods or services, to delivery, invoicing, collecting payments and offering a global, consistent service experience to customers. Her key responsibilities included customer satisfaction, compliance and service level. Sophie holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Paris, France.

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Grete Faremo
Grete Faremo joined UNOPS as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director in August 2014. Before this appointment, she held various senior-level positions for the Government of Norway, including Minister of Justice and Public Security, Minister of Development Cooperation, and Minister of Oil and Energy. During her first appointment as Minister of Justice, Ms. Faremo initiated negotiations between Schengen member countries and Norway on security and free movement in Europe, which culminated in the Nordic Schengen Agreement, signed in 1996. From 2003 to 2008, she held the position of Director of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation's Western European Office. Ms. Faremo has sat on various advisory boards and associations throughout her career, including Norwegians Peoples' Aid, the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway.

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Hans Kostwein
Kostwein Group
After having completed the studies of industrial engineering and management at the Technichal University of Graz, Hans started his career in the family business Kostwein Maschinenbau KG. Today, he is managing director of the Kostwein Group which incorporates 4 sites in Carinthia (Austria), one site in Croatia (founded in 2001) and one site in India (founded in 2010). In 2014, he was nominated to become a member of the EFQM-Board where he represents the small and medium enterprises of the machine industry.

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Birte Lübbert
Robert Bosch GmbH
Birte Lübbert has been appointed in 2018 as Senior Vice President Corporate Quality Management. She is a member of the Supervisory Board at Automotive Steering. She started her career at Robert Bosch in 1995 as Engineer Development of Electronic Control Units Diesel Systems in Feuerbach. In 1998, she was Senior Manager of Electronics Control Units Diesel Systems in Higashimatsuyama (Japan). In 2002, she worked as Senior Manager for Development of ABS and ESP Chassis Systems in Abstatt, in 2004, as Director Quality Management and Processes Automotive Electronics in Reutlingen, in 2007, as Vice President Production at Airbag Electronic Control Units in Ansbach, in 2010, as Technical Plant Manager Automotive Electronics in Madrid (Spain), then in Reutlingen in 2014. She studied electrical engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH).

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Robert Engelhorn
BMW Group
Robert Engelhorn has been in charge of the BMW Group's Munich plant since August 2018. In 2011, Engelhorn, who holds a doctorate in engineering, left the truck and commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN to join the BMW Group. He initially worked at the Munich-based carmaker's Research and Innovation Center (FIZ) as Head of Planning Body-in-White and Plant Engineering before moving on to the Regensburg plant in 2013, where he assumed responsibility for the three production areas of press shop, body shop and paint shop. From 2014 to 2018, Engelhorn worked in China and was responsible for production and purchasing in the joint venture with Brilliance Automotive. In this role, he also managed two vehicle plants and one engine plant of the BMW Group in Dadong and Tiexi, respectively.

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Franz-Peter Walder
Quality Austria
Franz-Peter Walder holds a PHD in Technical Science and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management (TU WIEN). He was lecturer at several Universities and is author/co-author of numerous books, publications and articles. In his professional career he is entrepreneur and managing partner of FACT Consulting, focusing on Strategic Management, Leadership, Business Excellence, and M&A projects. Franz was part of the successful establishment of the Austrian Excellence Award based on the EFQM Excellence Model in 1995. Since 2005 Franz is in charge of the Austrian Excellence Award, member of the jury and responsible Board Member of Quality Austria

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EFQM Board Attendees

Alessandro Carano
Expert Member of Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Transport
Alessandro Carano is Expert Member of Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Transport V. Bulc: he is responsible for the Trans-European-Networks (TEN-Ts) and for transport investment and financial instruments, and for cooperation on connectivity with Eastern partners and with Asia. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Senior Adviser to the Deputy Director General of the European Commission's DG Economic and Financial Affairs. He was previously Managerial Adviser and Head of Unit at the European Investment Bank, responsible for the institutional relationship with EU Institutions and other International Financial Institutions on policies and activities outside the EU. He holds an MBA from Vlerick Management School and an Engineering MSc degree from Turin Politechnic University.

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Finance and Audit Committee

The FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE meets at least twice a year and assists the Board of Directors on all financial matters. This includes budgeting and review of financial statements which are audited annually by KMPG.


  • Russell Longmuir, EFQM
  • Paul G. K. Little, City of Glasgow College
  • Sophie Bechu, Royal Philips
  • Geert Opdenbosch, EFQM

Nomination and HR Committee

The NOMINATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE assist the Board of Directors for the nomination and remuneration of EFQM’s CEO. It meets on an as needed basis. It also assists the CEO on key HR issues if requested.


  • Paul Little, City of Glasgow College
  • Hans Kostwein, Kostwein Group