Luc Claessens, founding Chairman of the European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA), has died at the age of 50 after a brief battle with cancer. Luc was held in the highest regard by all those who worked with him. His honesty and thoroughness meant he was a man people could trust.
A strong believer in the global natural products community, Luc was a constant driver of initiatives in Europe and across the world to help manufacturers as well as retailers and consumers.
Luc was employed by Capsugel for the past 11 years where he had a variety of roles, most recently as the director of global business development for dietary supplements. "His business contributions have helped us to get where we are today, especially when it comes to creating strong alliances with customers and stakeholders in our industry," Capsugel division president Guido Driesen said.
Luc was also involved with the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), of which he was a founding member.
"It's a terrible loss," said IADSA executive director, Simon Pettman. "So few people have any long-term vision in this industry. Luc had vision. His work in eastern Europe was of particular importance. He achieved a great deal in forming industry groups to represent central and eastern European companies and to link these into other European groups and IADSA. This activity was unique and of huge value in ensuring products continue to be sold in these countries."
Luc was leading a long-term programme to bring the industry closer together through widening and deepening the global network of associations.
He will be remembered for his warmth, vitality and dynamic contribution to the supplements industry.
He is survived by his wife, Katrien, and their 13-year-old son, Ben.