Mr. Frère is the Managing Director of Frère-Bourgeois, a financial group based in Belgium, which he joined in 1972. He served as Managing Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, a Belgium-based holding company with a portfolio of industrial investments, from 1993 until 2012, when he was appointed Chairman of the Board.
He is Vice-Chairman of Pargesa and has been a director of the company since 1992. He has been Chairman of the Board of Loverval Finance SA (formerly Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille) since 1998. He is a director of ERBE. He served on the Board of Electrabel S.A., Pernod Ricard and Lafarge SA.
He serves as Regent of the National Bank of Belgium and as an Honorary Consul for France. Mr. Frère was educated in Switzerland.
He is a director of the Fonds Charles-Albert Frère, an organization dedicated to helping children in difficulty as well as underprivileged adults. It comprises four non-profit organizations, which receive regular, substantial donations from the family to help fund their programs: Hippocrène, a centre that provides treatment for young people with physical, mental, or social disabilities through “equestrian therapy”; the Charles-Albert Frère Psychotherapy Hospital, a day-centre that welcomes young children with severe mental difficulties; Éclaircie (Ray of sunshine), which offers in-home treatment and assistance to children with serious or terminal conditions and provides support for their caregivers; and Echoline, an association that offers medical and psychological pre- and post-natal care at home for women from particularly disadvantaged backgrounds.