Board of Directors

Members of the Board :

 

Pierre Danon, chairman of the Board of Directors

Civil engineer from ‘Ponts et Chaussées’, graduated from law and from the ‘Institut supérieur des affaires’, Mr Pierre Danon has held positions of Chief Executive Officer and member of Boards of Directors, in particular as Chairman of Xerox Europe, Chief Executive Director of Bristish Telecom Retail and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Numericable-Completel. Since 2008, he as been appointing as Vice-Chairman then Chairman of TDC Copenhagen. He is also Vice Chairman of Agro generation in Paris.

 

David Amar, vice-chairman of the Board of Directors

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.

 

Jacques-Henri David, chairman of the audit committee

 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.

 

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).

 

Marie-Christine Levet, independant board member

Graduated from HEC in 1988 and from INSEAD in 1994, Marie-Christine Levet managed several major brands of the French Internet. In 1997, she founded Lycos. Then, from 2001 to 2007, she ran Club-Internet, a provider of Internet access, which she sold to Neuf Telecom / SFR. In 2008, she became General Manager of the Tests Group, a hi-tech information group, as well as Internet activities of the NextRadioTV group. With her entrepreneurial experience, Marie-Christine turned to venture capital in 2010 to bring her experience to young entrepreneurs. She participated in the creation of Jaina Capital, one of the first investment funds specializing in early stage financing in France, where she invested in companies like made.com, yes.car, devialet, La ruche qui dit oui. In October 2017, Marie-Christine Levet creates Educapital, the leading European private equity fund dedicated to the Education, Training and Digital Transition sectors. She is also board member of Iliad, Econocom, Maisons du Monde and AFP, and was formerly a Director of the Google Fund for Media Innovation (FINP) from 2013 to 2016.

 

Alexandre Loussert, independant 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. He is president of the association regroupmentPPlocal, whose purpose is to defend the interests and rights of individual shareholders. Member of the Issuers - Individual Shareholders Committee of ANSA (National Association of Joint Stock Companies).

 

Arnaud Marion, independant 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.

 

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.

 

Lucile Ribot, independant board member

A graduate of HEC in 1989, Lucile Ribot began her career at Arthur Andersen where she led audit and financial advisory projects for major international groups. In 1995, she joined the industrial engineering group, Fives, where she became CFO in 1998, member of the Management Board in 2002, and supported the growth and strategic development until 2017. She is a Director and a member of HSBC France's audit and risk committees.

 

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.

 

Philippe de Verdalle, chairman of the remuneration and appointments commitee

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.