A long-term investor
Wendel is a hands-on investor and shareholder that assists sector-leading companies in their long-term development. Wendel's business model combines the entrepreneurial passion born of a long family tradition with a culture of performance and accountability.
Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Chairman of the Wendel Supervisory Board and member of the Wendel Governance Committee
Graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, law graduate, alumnus of the École Nationale d’Administration and the Harvard Center for International Affairs. After serving as foreign affairs adviser and technical adviser to several government ministers, he joined the Wendel Group in 1976, where he has held several positions, including those of CEO and Board member (1978-1987), then Chairman and CEO (1987-2002) of CGIP, and Deputy CEO, then Chairman of Marine-Wendel (1992-2002). After the merger of the two companies he was Chairman and CEO of WENDEL Investissement, before becoming Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 2005 . He was President of the MEDEF (French Employers’ Federation) from 1997 to 2005 and has been President of Businesseurope since 2005.
He is an offi cer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, the National Order of Merit, and a Commander of the Order of Oranje-Nassau of the Netherlands and of the Order of Léopold I (Belgium).
Born on December 20, 1937
Directorships and positions held at December 31, 2009:
Director of Bureau Veritas
Director of Legrand
Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director of Wendel-Participations
Director of Sofi samc
Other directorships and positions:
Member of the Supervisory Board of Peugeot SA
Member of the Supervisory Board of Hermès International