The Executive Board

The Supervisory Board appoints members of the Executive Board to four-year terms on the recommendation of its Chairman. Currently, the Executive Board is comprised of two members: André François-Poncet and David Darmon. To carry out its assignments, the Executive Board is assisted by two committees: the Management Committee, which oversees Wendel’s operations, and the Investment Committee, which examines investment proposals selected on the basis of the investment team’s prior analysis. In addition to these two committees, a Coordination Committee communicates information between Wendel’s various locations twice a month.

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, and other matters.

Executive Board Advisor: Christine Anglade Pirzadeh

The Executive Board has the broadest powers to act on the Company’s behalf under all circumstances.

It exercises these powers within the limits of the Company’s purpose.

The Executive Board draws up and presents strategy, its quarterly report on the Company’s position and outlook, as well as the annual and quarterly financial statements. Each quarter, the Executive Board informs the Supervisory Board of the change in net asset value (NAV) per share.

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André François-Poncet
Group CEO
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David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO
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André François-Poncet
Group CEO

André François-Poncet is the Wendel’s Group ECO since January 1st, 2018.

In December 2020, Wendel’s Supervisory Board decided to reappoint the Executive Board for a period of four years from April 7, 2021 to April 6, 2025.

Prior to joining Wendel, André was a Partner of CIAM. In 2000 he joined BC Partners (Paris and London) as a Managing Partner first, and then as Senior Advisor from December 2014 to December 2015. He started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he stayed for 16 years: first in New York, then in London and Paris where he was in charge of opening Morgan Stanley’s French office.

He has been a member of the Board of AXA since December 2016.

André graduated from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School.

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David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

David Darmon is Wendel’s Group Deputy CEO since September 9th 2019. He joined Wendel in 2005.

In December 2020, Wendel’s Supervisory Board decided to reappoint the Executive Board for a period of four years from April 7, 2021 to April 6, 2025.

David joined the Executive Board in September 2019. This appointment to the Executive Board comes after spending several years in the United States where he opened the New York office. David is now located in Paris as part of his duties as a member of the Executive Board.

David has managed numerous investments for the Group. He participated in the investment and oversight of companies such as Allied Universal, CSP Technologies, Deutsch, and Stallergenes. David also initiated several investments in the technology sector.

David opened the New York office (Wendel North America), which he led from 2013 until September 2019, when he joined the Executive Board. From 2013 to 2019, Wendel invested approximately $1 billion in the United States.

David previously served as Wendel’s corporate Secretary to the Supervisory Board.

Before joining Wendel, David was a Director of Apax Partners in Paris, where he specialized in LBO transactions for six years. He began his career in M&A at Goldman Sachs in London.

He is a graduate of ESSEC and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Executive Vice-Presidents

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Jérôme Michiels
Executive Vice-President
Chief Financial Officer

Board Member of Bureau Veritas, IHS and Stahl

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Josselin de Roquemaurel
Executive Vice-President
Managing Director

Board member of Constantia Flexibles and Cromology

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Félicie Thion de la Chaume
Executive Vice-President
Managing Director

Board Member of Stahl

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Jérôme Michiels
Executive Vice-President
Chief Financial Officer

Board Member of Bureau Veritas, IHS and Stahl

Jérôme Michiels is the Group’s Executive Vice-President and CFO. He’s also Director of Operational Resources. Jérôme is a member of Wendel’s Management Committee and a voting member of the Investment Committee. He joined Wendel in 2006. He is a Board Member of Bureau Veritas, IHS and Stahl.  

Jérôme joined Wendel at the end of 2006 as Investment Director and was promoted to Director in January 2010. He was appointed Managing Director on January 1, 2012 and joined the Investment Committee at this date. Jérôme was appointed Executive Vice-President on September 11th 2019, after being appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Wendel group on October 1, 2015.

From 2002 to 2006, he was a chargé d’affaires with the investment fund BC Partners. Prior to that, he 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, transportation, telecommunications and financial services.

Jérôme is a graduate of HEC.

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Josselin de Roquemaurel
Executive Vice-President
Managing Director

Board member of Constantia Flexibles and Cromology

Josselin de Roquemaurel is Executive Vice-President and Managing Director. He is also member of the Investment and Management Committee. He joined Wendel in 2018. He is Board member of Constantia Flexibles and Cromology.

Before joining Wendel, he was a member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) in London where he worked between 2005 and 2017, most recently as a Director responsible for PE activities in France.

He started his carreer in 2001 at JPMorgan in London as an Analyst and then as an Associate in Corporate Finance.

He is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in (Fontenay / Saint-Cloud) and HEC.

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Félicie Thion de la Chaume
Executive Vice-President
Managing Director

Board Member of Stahl

Félicie Thion de la Chaume is an Executive Vice-President and Managing Director. She is a member of the Investment and Management Committee. She joined Wendel in 2007, as an Associate part of the Paris Investment Team.

Félicie started her career at Goldman Sachs on the firm’s French M&A team between 2003 to 2006.
Since she joined Wendel, she has been involved in several transactions including Deutsch, Helikos, Saham and Stahl.

Félicie relocated to the United Kingdom in 2016 to contribute to the opening of the London office, an office which she later headed until 2020.

In September 2019, Félicie has been promoted Executive Vice-President. Since September 2020, Félicie has joined the Paris investment team in line with the Group’s strategy to concentrate its teams in France, Luxembourg and New York.

She graduated from ESCP Europe.

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