A former CEO of AGC Europe, Philippe Bodson, has passed away as a result of coronavirus aged 75.

Mr Bodson joined Glaverbel (now AGC Glass Europe) in 1977, and was CEO from 1980 to 1989.

His leadership helped the recovery of the group during this difficult period and to launch it on its growth path that expanded across western Europe.

Convinced that economic success depended on dialogue between the social partners, he rallied company-wide support for the corporate enterprise.

His merits brought him the title of Manager of the Year in 1987.

He was also chairman of the Glass Industry Federation from 1981 to 1984, the European Grouping of Flat Glass Producers (1986 to 1988), and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (1987 to 1990).

AGC Glass Europe saluted his commitment to the group and the enthusiasm which he inspired in his personnel.

The company expressed its sympathy to his family and friends.