The boards of directors of Auvibel and Reprobel have decided to unite their teams into one unique organisation with one managing director. In this manner they take the lead to further professionalise their activities and to make them as efficient as possible.
Steven De Keyser will be the managing director of both entities. Previously he was already the managing director of Reprobel. His affinity with the copyright sector and his achievements at Reprobel were important factors that contributed to Auvibel and Reprobel’s decision.
Annemie Maes, who was the interim managing director of Auvibel, remains on board as a member of the management team and will be responsible for, among other things, communication and distribution.
Where Auvibel is concerned, Jasper Verdin, managing director of SIMIM and IMAGIA, will take on the role of president of the board of directors, while Anne-Lize Vancraenem, the current managing director of SAJ JAM, remains the president of Reprobel. Together they will assist the managing director with the further operational integration.
Mr. François Stroobant, Managing Director of Auvibel, retired on 5 March 2021.
Auvibel would like to thank him for his unrelenting commitment and for all the work that he accomplished, which has contributed to making Auvibel into the company that it is today. In perfect accordance with the legal framework for copyright and private copying in particular, François Stroobant led many a battle through dialogue, persuasion and reasoning to accomplish his mission, namely, the enabling of the compensation of the rightholders : authors, producers, publishers and artists.
The sector is grateful to him for all of his efforts.
The Auvibel team would also like to thank François in particular for his good management of the staff, continuously aware of the wellbeing of each and every one of them and always ensuring that the best working conditions were in place.
Mr. François Stroobant confidently passed the torch to Mrs Annemie Maes, Managing Director on duty, who, surrounded by her team, will carry on his efforts, in order to do everything within Auvibel’s power to face the many challenges of the world of private copying in support of the cultural sector which is in great difficulty today and to improve upon its conditions.
We wish François all the best and that he may continue his journey with a wonderful new chapter in his life.
Our offices will be closed from December 24 to January 3. We will be available again by telephone from January 4. For urgent matters, you can send us a message via our website or by e-mail. We wish you happy holidays!
Auvibel is urgently calling for new legislation on:
- the introduction of missing tariffs for printers, scanners and multifunctional devices.
- updates to the tariffs for media and devices already subject to remuneration but that have not been changed since 2010
- an increase in the current tariff of EUR 0 for laptops and PCs to a level corresponding to their apparent use
Auvibel is following the measures recommended by the government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. We believe that it is extremely important to reduce the risk of contamination in order to protect your health and that of our staff.
Under these exceptional circumstances, we have decided to allow a large part of the Auvibel team to work remotely and to restrict access to our offices for third parties (by appointment only).
Our staff will of course remain at your service.