Since 2009, Frederic Hoffmann has worked at Baxter, a leading healthcare and medical technology company specialised in the treatment of medical conditions such as kidney disease and haemophilia. He began as Strategic Projects Director in charge of transforming programmes such as Key Account Management, Home Channel and Customer Value-Added Services. From there, he went on to lead the Hospital Care Business Unit for Baxter Belgium and Luxemburg before being appointed General Manager for Benelux.
General Jean-Paul Paloméros has acquired extensive experience both as a fighter pilot, having flown 82 combat missions, and as an operational commander. He held a variety of high-level military positions before being promoted to Air Force Chief of Staff. In 2012 Paloméros was confirmed by the NATO Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, the organisation’s most senior strategic command. For his lifetime achievements, Paloméros has been awarded the rank of Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honour and Great Cross of the National Order of Merit. He also holds the Aeronautical Medal.
Appointed Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in January 2016, Gunnar Wiegand leads the EEAS’ efforts for upgrading relations with ASEAN to a strategic level, and is also the EU's Senior Official for ASEAN, ASEM and ARF, as well as the EU's Chief Negotiator for the new Strategic Partnership Agreement with Japan. With more than twenty years' experience in EU’s external relations and trade policy, he has previously served as Spokesman for External Relations to Commissioner Chris Patten; Head of Unit for Relations with the United States and Canada at the European Commission's External Relations Directorate-General; and Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the EEAS, during which time he was the EU's Chief Negotiator for the Association Agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Armenia, as well as the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Kazakhstan.