“The latest studies show we can save thousands of lives and drastically improve the quality of life of prostate cancer patients.”
Born in Maaseik, Belgium, on 5 September 1949, Mr. André Deschamps took several management positions in manufacturing companies (mainly in automotive components) in Europe and the United States after his studies in chemical engineering and for an MBA. As an experienced manager, he is driven by the quality of work and the right balance between economic and human factors.
Together with his wife Lut, Deschamps was the owner of a consultancy company specialised in sustainable manufacturing and Chain of Custody certifications, until his retirement in 2014. More than 1500 companies made use of their expertise.
At the age of 51, Deschamps was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had a radical prostatectomy. From then on, he developed an interest in the way cancer patients are treated by the medical staff, in the quality of life of patients and in prostate cancer treatments.
In 2011, Deschamps joined Wij Ook, a Belgian society supporting prostate cancer patients and raising awareness of prostate cancer. Two years later, he was elected chairman.
In 2014, Deschamps was elected as a board member of Europa Uomo, the voice of men with prostate cancer in Europe. He served as a board member and treasurer before being elected chairman in June 2018.
Deschamps has been married with Lut since 1973. He’s the father of two kids and a six-time grandfather.