Carole Piwnica received a bachelor of law from Brussels University and a master of law from New York University. She was a member of the New York and Paris bars. She started her career in New York at Proskauer Rose and joined the M&A department of Shearman & Sterling in Paris.
She spent 15 years in the food and agricultural processing industries and was Chairwoman of the Amylum group (Belgium) and a Director and Vice-Chairwoman of Tate & Lyle (United Kingdom).
She was a member of the Board of Directors and the Remuneration Committee of Sanofi (France), as well as a founding Director of Naxos SARL (Switzerland).