Chairman of the Board of Directors : Robert de Metz
Members of the Board :
- Robert de Metz
After graduating from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and as a former student at the Ecole Nationale dAdministration, Robert de Metz started his career at the Inspection générale des Finances before joining the Indosuez bank and then, the Demachy bank. After joining Paribas, where he served successively as Secretary General (Secrétaire Général), member of the executive committee (comité exécutif) and member of the Management Board (Directoire), Robert de Metz joined the Vivendi group from 2002 to 2007 where he acted as Deputy Managing Director in charge of mergers/acquisitions and strategy. Robert de Metz has been Independent director of Dexia since 2009 and still Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2012. Since September 2013, Robert de Metz was advisor to the Board of Directors of SoLocal Group in the context of the recent financial restructuring operations.
- David Amar, independant board member
Mr David Amar, 36 years old, has joined the Family Office Amar in 2009 and has taken over its management in 2013. He is specialised in long term investment in listed companies, in wine properties and wine-trading companies, in hotel property management and property development. He is also a Director of the investment fund Matignon Investissement et Gestion (Private Equity). From 2006 to 2009, he was in charge of wealth management in various major Swiss banking institutions. He received an MBA in Geneva in 2006.
Nathalie Balla, independant board member
Nathalie Balla is a business manager, specialist of e-commerce and of digital transformations. She is graduated from École supérieure de commerce (ESCP-EAP) of Paris and doctorate in Economic and Accounting Sciences. After beginning her career as CEO of various companies in the Karstadt Quelle group, where she initiated the launch of Quelle’s commercial website, Nathalie Balla arrived at the head of La Redoute in 2009 and implemented a transformation plan that enabled the brand to revive growth a year later. In 2011, she was appointed e-commerce personality of the year by the magazine E-commerce. In December 2013, the Kering group decided to sell La Redoute to Nathalie Balla, Chairman and CEO of the French sales brand and to Eric Courteille, general secretary of Redcats.
- Jacques-Henri David, board member
Jacques-Henri David is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, the Paris Institute of Political Studies and ENSAE Paris. He has worked in various roles, as the Inspector of Finance for the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, as Deputy Director, then Director of the Cabinet of René Monory, Minister of Economy and Finance, Secretary General of the National Council of Credit for the Bank of France, Financial Director, then Director General of Saint-Gobain, Director General of the Compagnie Générale des Eaux (now Vivendi), President of the Board of Directors of the Crédit d’Equipement des PME, SOFARIS and the Banque du Développement des PME (now BPI France), President of the Deutsche Bank France group, and Vice Chairman of the "Global Banking" Division of Deutsche Bank AG. He is also a member of the Economic and Social Council, a lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, manager of the Saint-Gobain Corporation, manager of the UGC, manager of Edmond de Rothschild (Europe) and manager of Edmond de Rothschild (Monaco) - Monaco.
- Sandrine Dufour, independant board member
Sandrine Dufour has been Executive Director of Finance and Strategy of Groupe SFR since May 2013. Prior to that, Sandrine Dufour was successively a representative to the Chief Financial Officer of Vivendi, Chief Financial Officer of VU Net and then Director of Internal Audit and special projects for Vivendi, based in New York, then Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Vivendi and Innovation Director of Groupe Vivendi. Before joining Vivendi in 1999, Sandrine Dufour was a financial analyst for BNP, then for the stockbrokers CAI Cheuvreux. Sandrine Dufour has a degree from ESSEC Business School, SFAF (French Society of Financial Analysts) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).
- Delphine Grison, independant board member
Mrs Delphine Grison, 48 years old, has been Marketing and Business Intelligence officer at CBRE France since December 2015, President of DGTL Conseil since 2014, a company through which she has provided consultancy services, and a Director of Asmodée Holding since June 2014. She also serves until the end of 2017 within the Advisory Boards set by Bpifrance in connection with its ETI acceleration program. Until 2013, she held several positions within the Lagardère group, consistent with her operational duties (member of the Management Board of Lagardère Active, President of Lagardère Active Digital, Director of LeGuide.com…). Mrs Delphine Grison graduated from the École Normale Supérieure (1987), has a PhD in quantum physics (1992) and is graduated in engineering from the Ponts et Chaussées (1994).
- Alexandre Loussert, board member
Alexandre Loussert has held a number of management positions with RATP (2004-2013). He has been peace ambassador with Comité Europe Afrique under the aegis of Unesco since 2007.
- Arnaud Marion, board member
Arnaud Marion, an entrepreneur, has previously worked with Arthur Andersen (1987-1990) and Edmond de Rothschild (1993-2001); he was a university lecturer in finance at the Sciences-Po University (1993-1998) and founded Trans Consult International in 2001 in Paris and Marion & Partners in London in 2014. He is a specialist in crisis situations, complex transactions, restructuring and strategic transitions.
- Monica Menghini, board member
Monica Menghini has been Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Dassault Systèmes since 2015. Having joined Dassault Systèmes in 2009, she successively held the positions of President for the consumer goods and mass market sector, Executive Vice President responsible for industry and Executive Vice President responsible for industry, marketing and corporate communications. Between 2001 and 2009, Monica Menghini was Chief Executive Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and subsequently Chief Executive Officer for the partnership project between Dassault Systèmes and Groupe Publicis. Monica Menghini holds a degree in Law from the University La Sapienza (Rome) where she also obtained a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Behavioural Psychology.
- Cécile Moulard, independant board member
Cécile Moulard began her career as a journalist, and then crossed the Atlantic to work in a merchant bank in New York. On her return to France, the new territories became her day to day business. She joined Agence Carat in 1990. In October 1995 she formed Carat Interactive, assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for international development. She then joined the Vivendi Group as a special adviser to the Chairman and worked particularly on ethical problems associated with the Internet. In February 2000 she launched Amazon.fr in the post of Chief Executive Officer in charge of strategy, marketing and development. In 2004 she joined Meetic to prepare the company’s IPO and organise its marketing and international development. Today, Cécile Moulard divides her time between France and the United States. She is a founding partner of Smallbusinessact.fr and is involved in the development of start ups and provides advice and operational support for “traditional” companies in their adoption of information technologies within the Sixth Continent structure. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of MilleMercis and the Internet incubator holding company of Truffle Capital. She is a lecturer at HEC/Telecoms Paris, a Young Leader Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow and Remarque Fellow. Born in 1963, Cécile Moulard is a graduate of IEP Paris and holds a DESS degree in marketing from IEP Paris.
- Joëlle Obadia, employee representative
Joëlle Obadia spent 10 years with the Thomson group, with 5 of these years at Thomson Brandt Armements where she looked after external public relations (press, public, events relations in France and overseas); in November 1991, she joined the Sales Department PagesJaunes, being responsible for sales force incentives, then for boosting sales by combining with leading sales, commercial challenges, information from the various sales channels and client events. In 2007, Joëlle Obadia joined the Sales Department management committee, becoming Manager of Sales Growth, and taking on management and guidance of all sales training. Today, she is PR Director and MICE within Operational Excellence.
- Jean-Pierre Remy, chief executive officer
Jean Pierre Remy has been CEO of SoLocal Group from 25 May 2009. Born in 1964, he is a graduate of the École centrale in Paris and of the doctoral programme of the HEC business school. After many years of experience in strategy consulting, as a partner of Bain & Company (specialising in the digital economy), he formed Egencia in 2000, which became the global leader in business travel on the Internet. In April 2004, Jean Pierre Remy sold Egencia to Expedia and was appointed Head of Business Travel for Expedia, first at European level and then at global level. In this capacity he served as a member of the Executive Committee of Expedia Inc.
- Sophie Sursock, independant board member
Mrs Sophie Sursock, 37 years old, is Co-founder, Director and Equity Partner at Accelero Capital, an investment and management group focused on TMT (Telecommunications Media Technology). She manages the Paris office. She has executed various transactions in the tech and media sector. In particular, she has been involved in the restructuring of Seat Pagine Gialle S.p.A and serves on the Board of Directors of Italiaonline (ex Seat Pagine Gialle S.p.A and Italia Online), Dada S.p.A. and intY Limited. Before, she was a Corporate Finance Manager at Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E/Weather Investments from 2007 to 2011. She alsoworked at the M&A Transaction Service at Deloitte’s corporate finance division in Paris, France from 2005 to 2007, was Junior Project Manager at PrimeCorp Finance S.A. and Junior Investment Manager at Axa Investment. Mrs Sophie Sursock received a Bachelor in Business Administration and an MSc in International Business from Paris Graduate School of Management (ESCP-EAP) and a Certificate in the Management of Technology.
- Jean-Marc Tasseto, independant board member
Graduated from the ESCP and holding a post-graduate diploma (DEA) in management sciences, Jean-Marc Tassetto started his career at Lesieur and Danone. Also, he was professor at Ceram in Sophia Antipolis. Marketing Director (Directeur du marketing) at Danone, he then joined SFR in 1997 where he served successively as Marketing Director (Directeur du marketing), Deputy Managing Director (Directeur Général Adjoint), and Managing Director for Consumer Division (Directeur Général de la Division Grand Public). He was appointed in 2010 as Managing Director (Directeur Dénéral) of Google France which he left in 2013 in order to found Coorpacademy, a start-up dedicated to MOOC’s creation for companies. He is affiliated professor at HEC Paris.
- Philippe de Verdalle, independant board member
Mr Philippe de Verdalle, 55 years old, has joined Weinberg Capital Partners in 2015 to launch Nobel, which is the third core business of WCP alongside Private Equity and Real Estate activities. The Nobel fund is intended to acquire minority and friendly stakes in listed companies. It is a long term investor alongside families and management teams in order to support the development of French firms. It brings together an investment pool of institutional investors and important families, it invests exclusively in equity with no debt leverage Within the scope of his duties as General Manager of Nobel, Mr Philippe de Verdalle is Director of: Ã Mersen (listed on Euronext – Market capitalisation of c.500 Million euros - Turnover 2016 of 764 Million euros - Headcount of 6,375 persons) - his term terminated on 10 April 2017; Ã Groupe Le Noble Age (listed on Euronext - Market capitalisation of c.450 Million euros - Turnover 2016 of 394 Million euros - Headcount of 6,000 persons). Before, Mr Philippe de Verdalle was a member of the executive committee of UBS France, responsible for the development and the key private clientele. He was a Managing Director of HSBC group in charge of own-account investment activities. In this context, he was, from 2000 to 2011, Chief Executive Officer of Nobel, an holding entity acquiring stakes for HSBC group. During this same period, he was also a Director of private equity funds and of acquired business. Furthermore, Mr Philippe de Verdalle was lecturer in Corporate Finance at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris) between 1997 and 2011.