Executive Board

The Executive Board meets at least once every two weeks. During these meetings, the Board makes decisions related to the Group’s day-to-day operations: investments and divestments, financial position, internal organization, etc.

Secretary of the Executive Board: Christine Anglade Pirzadeh
 

Frédéric Lemoine
Chairman of the Executive Board

Frédéric Lemoine joined Wendel in 2009. He previously served as Chairman of the Areva Supervisory Board and Senior Advisor at McKinsey. 

Prior to that, he was CFO and Group Vice President in charge of Finance for Capgemini and then deputy General Secretary to French President Jacques Chirac. He began his career as a finance inspector before directing a hospital in Vietnam and participating in hospital reform in two government ministries. He is a graduate of HEC, IEP Paris and ENA and holds a law degree.

Chairman of the Executive Board since April 7, 2009. Appointment renewed on April 7, 2017. Chairman of the Management Committee. Chairman of the Investment Committee. 

Bernard Gautier
Member of the Executive Board

Bernard Gautier joined Wendel in 2003. Previously, he was General Partner for the Atlas Venture funds, heading their Paris office. 

He began his career by creating a media company. He then spent 20 years in organization and strategy consulting, first employed as a consultant by Accenture, in the media and services sector, and then by Bain & Co., where he became a Senior Partner. He is an alumnus of the École supérieure d’électricité. 

Member of the Executive Board since May 31, 2005. Appointment renewed on April 7, 2017. Member of the Management Committee. Member of the Investment Committee. 

Management Committee

The Management Committee meets every two weeks. It is composed of the members of the Executive Board, the Chief Financial Officer, the General Secretary, the Managing Director in charge of operating resources, the Tax Director and the Director of Communications and Sustainable Development. It makes decisions regarding the organization and the Group’s day-to-day operations.

Chairman of the Management Committee: Frédéric Lemoine

 

Frédéric Lemoine
Chairman of the Executive Board

Frédéric Lemoine joined Wendel in 2009. He previously served as Chairman of the Areva Supervisory Board and Senior Advisor at McKinsey. 

Prior to that, he was CFO and Group Vice President in charge of Finance for Capgemini and then deputy General Secretary to French President Jacques Chirac. He began his career as a finance inspector before directing a hospital in Vietnam and participating in hospital reform in two government ministries. He is a graduate of HEC, IEP Paris and ENA and holds a law degree.

Chairman of the Executive Board since April 7, 2009. Appointment renewed on April 7, 2017. Chairman of the Management Committee. Chairman of the Investment Committee. 

Bernard Gautier
Member of the Executive Board

Bernard Gautier joined Wendel in 2003. Previously, he was General Partner for the Atlas Venture funds, heading their Paris office. 

He began his career by creating a media company. He then spent 20 years in organization and strategy consulting, first employed as a consultant by Accenture, in the media and services sector, and then by Bain & Co., where he became a Senior Partner. He is an alumnus of the École supérieure d’électricité. 

Member of the Executive Board since May 31, 2005. Appointment renewed on April 7, 2017. Member of the Management Committee. Member of the Investment Committee. 

Christine Anglade
Christine Anglade-Pirzadeh
Director of Communications and Sustainable Development

Christine Anglade-Pirzadeh was appointed Director of Communications and Sustainable Development in October 2011. Member of Wendel's Management Committee.

Christine Anglade-Pirzadeh was Director of Communication of the French Financial Markets Authority’s (AMF) which she joined in 2000. She was Policy Officer with the French Prime Minister's Office (Direction des Media) from 1998 to 2000. She began her career in the editorial staff of la Correspondance de la Presse.

Christine Anglade-Pirzadeh holds a Master in European and International Law (Paris I) and a Master Degree in Communication law (Paris II).

Caroline Bertin Delacour
Caroline Bertin Delacour
General Counsel and Supervisory Board Secretary

Caroline Bertin Delacour, who joined Wendel in 2009 as Head of the Legal Department, is promoted General Counsel. She is in charge of governance, compliance and litigation. She remains Ethics Officer and Secretary of the Supervisory Board and its Committees. She is also a member of Wendel's Management Committee.

As an attorney, she practiced tax law for 10 years with the firm Cleary Gottlieb, then 10 years in mergers and acquisitions at August & Debouzy, where she became partner in 2002. Caroline Bertin Delacour is co-author of "Highs and Lows of Modern Finance" (2013) and author of "Sovereign Wealth Funds: these new actors of the global economy" (2009).

Registered at the Paris Bar between 1990 and 2009, she holds a Master’s in Business Law from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, a Master in Taxation from the University Paris V René Descartes and an LLM from New York University.

Peter Meredith
Peter Meredith
Tax Director

Peter Meredith joined WENDEL as Group Tax Director in March 2013. He is a member of Wendel's Management Committee.

Peter has notably worked within national and international corporate tax departments throughout his career, as Tax Director of the GTM Group (1989-2000), then of Capgemini (2000-2005), and finally as Tax Director of the Bouygues Construction Group.

Jérôme Michiels
Jérôme Michiels
Chief Financial Officer

Jérôme Michiels was appointed Chief Financial Officer as of October 1st, 2015. He is member of Wendel's Management Committee and Investment Committee with voting rights. 
 

Jérôme Michiels is a graduate of HEC. After a year at MacDonald’s France as General Secretary of the Executive Committee, Jérôme Michiels worked as a consultant in the Boston Consulting Group from 1999 to 2002, carrying out strategic missions in Europe, particularly in the fields of distribution, transport, telecommunications and finance. He was a chargé d’affaires with the investment fund BC Partners for four years. He was named Director of Equity Investments at Wendel Investissement in November 2006. Member of the Investment Committee.

Patrick Tanguy
Patrick Tanguy
Managing Director, in charge of operational support

Having graduated from HEC in 1983, Patrick Tanguy began his career at Bain & Co. in 1984, where he was made partner in 1990. In 1991, he joins Strafor-Facom, where he is successively nominated as Director of Sales and Markeing of Steelcase Strafor and subsequently CEO of Airborne. 

He becomes CEO of DAFSA in 1993 and then President in 1996. Having acted as President of the “Courrier-Express” division of the Hays Group in France for a year, Patrick Tanguy assumes the Presidency of the Technal group in Toulouse from 1999 to 2004.

Before joining Wendel in 2007, Patrick acts first as President of the Monné-Decroix company in Toulouse and then of the Prezioso Technilor in Lyon. Patrick joined Wendel as Managing Director in September 2007 and is a member of both the Investment and the Management Committees.

Investment Committee

Made up of the Executive Board members, five Managing Directors and the Chief Financial Officer, the Investment Committee meets three times per month to work on the selection and preparation of the Group’s investments.

Chairman of the Investment Committee: Frédéric Lemoine

Stéphane Bacquaert
Stéphane Bacquaert
Managing Director and CEO of Wendel Africa

Stephane Bacquaert is Managing Director with Wendel, and CEO of Wendel Africa. Stephane joined Wendel in 2005. He is a member of the group Investment Committee, and currently serves on the boards of Bureau Veritas, Saham Group, IHS Holding, SGI Africa and Tsebo Solutions Group.

He was previously a Partner at Atlas Venture, an international venture capital fund with $2.5Bn under management, where he specialized in new technologies, media and telecoms.

He began his career at Bain & Company, a leading strategy consulting firm, where he conducted studies in the telecom, banking and private equity industry in Europe and Central America. He then co-founded and led NetsCapital, an investment bank specialized in TMT.

Stephane graduated from the Ecole Centrale Paris and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

David Darmon
David Darmon
Managing Director and CEO of Wendel North America

David Darmon began his career at Goldman Sachs in London and the United States in the M&A team. He then went to work at Apax Partners, a world leader in private equity, as a Director, where he specialized for 7 years in LBOs and growth capital, in particular in the sectors of TMT and retail. 

While at Apax Partners, David served on the board of directors or was part of the team which invested in Alain Afflelou, Vivendi medical publishing assets, Vivendi B2B media assets, BFM radio, Heytens retail stores, Mondial Tissus, Arkadin, and Newsfam. David structured, monitored and sold Wendel’s successful investments in Deutsch and Stallergenes. David Darmon graduated from Essec and has an MBA from Insead. David Darmon is Wendel North America CEO since 2013. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of CSP Technologies and member of the Board of AlliedBarton Security Services. Member of the Investment Committee

Roland Lienau
Roland Lienau
Managing Director - CEO Wendel London

Roland Lienau is Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee. He is a German citizen who graduated from ESCP-EAP European School of Management. 

He was in charge of financing and structuring operations in capital markets in London and Frankfurt. He is well versed in European equity markets. He began his career in 1988 at Enskilda Securities (Wallenberg Group) in London and Enskilda Effekten in Frankfurt where he set up and developed the equities department for the German market. 

Roland Lienau then worked for Paribas from 1994 to 1999 where he was in charge of capital markets operations and the development of Paribas's investment activities in Germany.

In 1999, he moved to Deutsche Bank where, as Managing Director, he managed equity market investments up to 2004, when he was put in charge of all financing and structuring operations in the German markets. Member of the Operations Committee.

Claude Ehlinger
Managing Director and CEO of Oranje-Nassau Groep
Claude Ehlinger joined Wendel in 2016 as Managing Director, Member of the Investment Committee and CEO of Oranje-Nassau Groep. Claude is based between London and Amsterdam and pursues investment opportunities throughout Western Europe, particularly in the Benelux. He serves as Board Member of various Group companies including Trief and Winvest Conseil.
Claude Ehlinger was previously deputy CEO of Louis Dreyfus Company. He has been appointed interim CEO of Louis Dreyfus from June 2014 to October 2015.
He joined Louis Dreyfus Company in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer after serving three years as Group CFO at Eutelsat. Prior to this he was Regional Controller of Cap Gemini, Group CFO of CCMX (1999-2003) and Managing Director of Finacor (1987-1999), a large brokerage company in Europe. He began his career in 1985 at Thomson Group. He is a graduate of the French business school HEC.
Jérôme Michiels
Jérôme Michiels
Chief Financial Officer

Jérôme Michiels was appointed Chief Financial Officer as of October 1st, 2015. He is member of Wendel's Management Committee and Investment Committee with voting rights. 
 

Jérôme Michiels is a graduate of HEC. After a year at MacDonald’s France as General Secretary of the Executive Committee, Jérôme Michiels worked as a consultant in the Boston Consulting Group from 1999 to 2002, carrying out strategic missions in Europe, particularly in the fields of distribution, transport, telecommunications and finance. He was a chargé d’affaires with the investment fund BC Partners for four years. He was named Director of Equity Investments at Wendel Investissement in November 2006. Member of the Investment Committee.

Patrick Tanguy
Patrick Tanguy
Managing Director, in charge of operational support

Having graduated from HEC in 1983, Patrick Tanguy began his career at Bain & Co. in 1984, where he was made partner in 1990. In 1991, he joins Strafor-Facom, where he is successively nominated as Director of Sales and Markeing of Steelcase Strafor and subsequently CEO of Airborne. 

He becomes CEO of DAFSA in 1993 and then President in 1996. Having acted as President of the “Courrier-Express” division of the Hays Group in France for a year, Patrick Tanguy assumes the Presidency of the Technal group in Toulouse from 1999 to 2004.

Before joining Wendel in 2007, Patrick acts first as President of the Monné-Decroix company in Toulouse and then of the Prezioso Technilor in Lyon. Patrick joined Wendel as Managing Director in September 2007 and is a member of both the Investment and the Management Committees.