Board of Directors
Olivier Legrain, Chairman - Independent member
Olivier Legrain began his career with Rhône-Poulenc, where he held executive positions in various business units. He then joined Lafarge as a member of its executive committee, in charge of specialty materials and strategy. He later became Chairman of Materis, after organizing its exit from the Lafarge group.
Isabelle Azemard, Representative of Bpifrance Investissement
Isabelle Azemard spent her career in the Thales Group, including 20 years in sales and marketing management positions, primarily at the international level. Since 2013, she has been a consultant to business executives.
Yann Chareton, Representative of Ardian
Yann Chareton was involved in transactions with the KOS, Lima, Bruni, Italmatch, Irca and Dedalus groups in Italy. In October 2005, he joined AXA Private Equity’s Mid Cap LBO team (which became Ardian in 2013), where he is Managing Director at the Milan office.
Pierre Creusy, Representing employees
Pierre Creusy joined Mersen in 1986 after graduating with an engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and obtaining a graduate degree at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises in Amiens. He held positions in production engineering and subsequently in product management before joining Mersen’s Corporate Finance. He took on business responsibilities in Asia in 1999 and is now Director of Strategic Projects and Integrated Business Planning in the Electrical Power segment.
Michel Crochon, Independent member
Michel Crochon has spent the majority of his career at Schneider Electric, where he held various industrial, commercial and development-related positions, in Europe and Asia. During his 12 years as a member of the group's executive committee, he headed up several business units. In his most recent position, he was in charge of corporate strategy and technology.
Catherine Delcroix, Independent member
Catherine Delcroix has spent her career in engineering and industrial maintenance, primarily in the energy sector. She served as Managing Director for Energy of the CNIM group from 2002 to 2014 and was appointed Board member and corporate secretary of the Group in 2009.
Carolle Foissaud, Independent member
Carolle Foissaud has spent the bulk of her career with the Areva Group, primarily in operational positions within the Connectors, Fuel, Reactors and Cleanup units. She had been Chairman and CEO of Areva TA and Director of the Propulsion and Research Reactors Business Division until beginning of 2017.
Dominique Gaillard, Representative of Ardian
Dominique Gaillard has worked at Charterhouse from 1991 to 1997, during which time he arranged numerous development capital and LBO transactions. He joined AXA Private Equity (which became Ardian in 2013) in 1997 as head of LBOs. He is now Managing Director in charge of Direct Funds.
Magali Joëssel, Permanent Representative of Bpifrance Investissement
Magali Joëssel began her career with the Inspectorate General of Finance at the French Ministry of Economic and Financial Affairs, before being named General Interest Investment Manager with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She joined Bpifrance in mid-2013 and currently holds the position of Strategy Manager. Since September 2014, Magali Joëssel has been in charge of the Industrial Project Companies fund.
Henri-Dominique Petit, Independent member
Henri-Dominique Petit spent the bulk of his career with Kodak. He held a wide variety of positions in France and in the rest of the world. He served as CEO of Sperian Protection (formerly, Bacou-Dalloz) from 2004 to 2009 and then as Chairman until 2010. In April 2011, Mr. Petit was appointed Senior Advisor to the European corporate finance house, DC Advisory.
Ulrike Steinhorst, Independent member
Ulrike Steinhorst began her career in France at the Ministry of European Affairs. She joined EDF’s International Division in 1990 before joining the Degussa group in 1999. She held several positions there, in Germany and in France, where she directed Degussa’s French subsidiary. In 2007, she moved to EADS as Chief of Staff to the CEO. In 2012, she joined the Research Directorate of the Airbus Group, where she became Head of Strategy, Planning and Finance.
Board of Directors’s committees
- Audit and Accounts Committee
Chairman: Henri-Dominique Petit
Members: Yann Chareton, Michel Crochon, Catherine Delcroix, Carolle Foissaud, Magali Joëssel
- Governance and Remuneration Committee
Chairman: Ulrike Steinhorst
Members: Isabelle Azemard, Pierre Creusy, Dominique Gaillard, Olivier Legrain, Henri-Dominique Petit
- Strategy Committee*
Chairman: Michel Crochon
Members: Pierre Creusy, Catherine Delcroix, Dominique Gaillard, Magali Joëssel, Olivier Legrain, Ulrike Steinhorst
*At its meeting on January 23, 2019, the Board decided that full Board meetings will now be held regularly to discuss strategic issues.