Board of Directors places Volley Vlaanderen under guardianship, CEO must leave immediately

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The board of directors of Volley Vlaanderen has placed the management of the volleyball association under guardianship. The resigning CEO Geert De Dobbeleer must leave immediately and all unnecessary expenses will be scrapped.

The board of directors explained the financial plan at a staff meeting. Volley Vlaanderen has found itself in dire straits after an external audit revealed financial losses. According to the board, intervention is necessary, “because the water is currently at its peak.”

“We ask everyone to save as much as possible,” says interim chairman Johan Van Riet in a statement. “Activities for which no subsidies are provided were canceled, the youth teams’ internships abroad were cancelled, no additional persons will be sent to foreign competitions that cause extra costs for the association and a credit line was opened to bridge the coming period.”

Geert De Dobbeleer. — © VDB

The board of directors holds the resigning CEO Geert De Dobbeleer responsible for derailing expenses, including as a result of numerous trips and internships that youth teams made abroad. The board previously decided to place De Dobbeleer on notice. Due to a ‘breach of trust’, the CEO is now saying goodbye with immediate effect. “The governing body will appoint a replacement as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Minimal service

The measure is sensitive to the staff, who supported the CEO. In recent weeks, Volley Vlaanderen switched to minimal services in protest against the prior notice of the collaboration with De Dobbeleer.

“We absolutely want to quickly turn around this current negative situation and hope for constructive cooperation,” director Peter Vanspeybroeck extends his hand to the staff. “To ensure that this runs optimally, we may look into the possible appointment of a mediator. We will meet with the staff at very regular intervals to discuss the state of affairs. Major efforts must be made and we are currently working hard on this. We understand the tensions this entails.”

The staff delegation did not respond to the announcement from the board of directors on Tuesday evening.

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