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Umicore : Umicore - Barbara Kux and Frans van Daele nominated to join Umicore's Board of Directors



    Umicore : Umicore - Barbara Kux and Frans van Daele nominated to join
                         Umicore's Board of Directors

Upon proposal by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Barbara Kux and
Frans van Daele have been nominated to join Umicore's Board of Directors.

Barbara Kux, who is 59 years old and of Swiss nationality, is a member of the
Managing Board at Siemens AG since 2008, where she is Head of Supply Chain
Management and Chief Sustainability Officer, responsible for the overall
sustainability strategy and the marketing of the company's environmental
technologies. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of Total S.A.
France. Between 2003 and 2008 she was member of the Group Executive Committee
at Royal Philips Electronics. Prior to that she held management positions in
leading global companies and was a management consultant at McKinsey. Mrs Kux
serves as business representative in the Resource Efficiency Platform of the
European Commission. She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration with
Distinction from INSEAD and is a member of the INSEAD Advisory Board. Wall
Street Journal and Fortune have recognized her as one of the leading
international women in business.

Frans (baron) van Daele, who is 65 years old and of Belgian nationality,
joined the Belgian diplomatic corps in 1971. His most recent post prior to
retirement in 2012 was as Chief of Staff to Herman Van Rompuy, the President
of the European Council. Between 2007 and 2009 he served as Belgium's
permanent representative to NATO and between 2002 and 2006 he was Belgium's
ambassador to the United States. His diplomatic career also included postings
to the United Nations, Greece, Italyand a period as Director General of
Political Affairs at the Belgian Foreign Ministry. He has a Master's Degree in
Philosophy and Arts from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) where he is
currently a Board member and President of the Alumni Association.  He advises
Deloitte as Senior Advisor for International and Government Affairs and holds
Board positions in several cultural organizations and think tanks.

Thomas Leysen, Chairman of the Board, commented: "I am delighted that Barbara
Kux and Frans van Daele have accepted to join Umicore's Board. Each of them
brings a wealth of experience in a number of fields. Barbara has deep
experience in industrial sectors that are served by Umicore and an in-depth
understanding of complex global supply chains and sustainability issues. Frans
has a very distinguished track record in international relations and has great
experience of how global trends shape industry and the economy. Both will
bring additional strength and expertise to the Umicore board."  

The nominations will be presented for approval by Umicore's shareholders at
the Annual General Meeting on 30 April. Should the nominations be accepted by
shareholders, Frans van Daele's mandate would start immediately while that of
Barbara Kux would start on 1 January 2014.

  For more information

        Investor Relations

Geoffroy Raskin                                      
+32 2 227 71 47                              geoffroy.raskin@umicore.com

Evelien Goovaerts                                   
+32 2 227 78 38                              evelien.goovaerts@umicore.com

        Media Relations

Elcke Vercruysse                                   
+32 2 227 71 29                              elcke.vercruysse@umicore.com

  Umicore profile

Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group. It focuses on
application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and
metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are centred on four
business areas: Catalysis, Energy Materials, Performance Materials and
Recycling. Each business area is divided into market-focused business units
offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new
technological developments and essential to everyday life.

Umicore generates the majority of its revenues and dedicates most of its R&D
efforts to clean technologies, such as emission control catalysts, materials
for rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics, fuel cells, and recycling.
Umicore's overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an
ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its
mission: materials for a better life.

The Umicore Group has industrial operations on all continents and serves a
global customer base; it generated a turnover of € 12.5 billion (€ 2.4 billion
excluding metal) in 2012 and currently employs some 14,400 people.

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