The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team is supervised by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of seven members who are tasked with the overall guidance of the team, both on a technical and strategic level. The Board's Chairman is Dutch businessman and top manager Mr. Bessel Kok, with Belgian cycling legend Mr. Eddy Merckx acting as Vice Chairman. Mr. Patrick Lefevere, the team's CEO, has a strategic role within the Board, acting as the primary liaison to the Pro Cycling Team.
The other members of the Board are Mr. Hans-Joerg Rudloff (Chairman of Barclays Capital Bank), Mr. Derk Sauer (International Media Tycoon), Mr. Frans De Cock (ex CEO Unilin) and Mr. Auret Van Zyl (Secretary General). This group, which represents an impressive depth of experience in a wide range of fields, is now the driving force behind a number of new activities and projects being implemented within the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team.
Mr. Zdenek Bakala has owned the Team since 2011. Mr. Bakala is a Czech-born businessman and financier who co-founded BXR, a diversified investment group with a global portfolio of assets covering coal, iron ore, transport and logistics, financial services, commercial and residential property, green energy, furniture, healthcare, publishing and retail. See also www.bxrgroup.com
Mr. Bakala’s philanthropy includes the creation in 2007 and endowment of the Nadace Zdenka Bakaly (Zdenek Bakala Foundation), which provides scholarships to Czech students studying abroad, and has provided support for other educational charities, including the PORG school in Ostrava. In 2010 he and his wife created the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala, which provides scholarships and supports human rights causes such as the Aspen Institute and the Vaclav Havel Presidential Library.
Mr. Zdenek Bakala