Board of Directors
The Board of Directors plays a prominent role in the Group’s governance. The Board oversees, in strict compliance with standards of ethics and transparency, the interest of the Company and its shareholders, with due regards to our stakeholders. Bringing together individuals with complementary backgrounds and skills, the Board determines the Group’s strategic orientations with as main objective the increase of the Company’s value. Since 2009, the Group complies with the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF Corporate Governance Code.
Organisation and method of operation
Its 14 Directors, including 2 Directors representing the employees and 7 independent Directors meet in average 8 times a year, in sessions directed by the Chairman of the Board, also Chief Executive Officer. Responsible for the proper management of the Company’s bodies, the Chairman must, in this respect, ensure that the Directors are in a position to fulfil their mission. To galvanise this college and to anchor it furthermore into the operational reality of our business, the Group has granted access to its internal social network and holds one Board meeting per year in an operating subsidiary. The Board, through its Chairman, reports these developments to the Shareholders’ Meeting.
Board of Directors Committees
Five Committees handle subjects in the area for which they have been given responsibility and submit their opinions and recommendations to the Board: the Strategic Committee, the Nominations and Governance Committee, the CSR Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee.
The General Management is led by the Chairman and CEO, supported by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is the permanent body responsible for coordinating and directing the Group, in cooperation with the Chairman & CEO whom it assists with its responsibilities. It defines strategic objectives in line with the orientations decided by the Board of Directors, coordinates their implementation and steers the overall performance of the Group. Its members are responsible for the company's corporate functions, operational divisions and geographical regions on a global basis.