CEO, Business Location International
Following a strategic decision by Ernst & Young in late 2004
to exit the international location advisory services (ILAS) business on the
basis of Sarbanes-Oxley and other considerations, Marcel de Meirleir set up
this independent business to perform such work.
Ernst & Young ILAS, Belgium
Marcel De Meirleir, who has a PhD from the University of Chicago in
Geography, Economics and Planning and direct
experience supporting investment projects by many top US companies, led the development of business location consulting
services in Europe 40 years ago as founder of Plant Location
International. He sold PLI to Price Waterhouse, and it is now part of IBM
Business Consulting Services (formerly part of PWC Consulting, acquired by
IBM in late 2002).
His work has involved projects in many countries, not limited to Europe, and
includes recent research on the economy of China.
He was responsible for expanding the
capabilities of Ernst & Young related to this niche through working
relationships with local specialists around the firm for major projects, which are not limited exclusively to
investment in European areas.
Projects were typically performed in
cooperation with Ernst & Young specialists in the local markets under
consideration or with relevant professional knowledge as a specialty (tax
planning and compliance, incentives,
supply chain logistics, industry sector, global strategy, business
structure, transaction support services, post-M&A services, etc.).
Marcel was involved in 1500 location studies, leading to
more than 800 investments and creation of more than a half million jobs.
He has served as an advisor to the boards of many leading corporations (GM,
Ford, IBM, GE, etc.) and has experience in markets as diverse as Eastern
Europe, China, and Malaysia.
Academic Background, Languages
He was also a professor for a postgraduate program in industrial location
for 25 years, as well as a short term exchange professor at various leading
universities such as Harvard, Columbia, and Northwestern, in addition to
lectures in Beijing, Tokyo, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Geneva, and at
Oxford. He has taught nearly 500 students from 25 countries through
his own post-graduate course, and is fluent in several European languages.
Prof. Em. Dr. Marcel De Meirleir
1831 DIEGEM (Brussels Airport) Belgium
TEL (011)+32 2 403 1263
Fax (011)+32 2 403 1212
(011)+32 476 42 93 58 GSM - mobile
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Prior Experience : at Plant Location International (PLI)
Professor em. Dr. Marcel de Meirleir, was founder and
president of PLI from 1960 to 1989, when it was sold to Price Waterhouse.
The company was built upon the combined knowledge of sociology, economy, and
geography as important factors to understand how companies can implement
expansion plans successfully.
At the time of sale, PLI had an estimated 80% share of the
independent consulting market for global location consulting and regional
analysis, and Marcel was widely recognized as a world leader in economic
Examples of professional support of major projects
The details of prior contacts about the investment plans of
corporate executives, and the scope of services provided to them, are
obviously confidential. Even after projects have been publicly
announced, it may not be possible to disclose the scope of services provided
to support their plans, as non-disclosure agreements or other professional
constraints may still apply.