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
 

André François-Poncet
Group CEO

Chairman of the Executive Board since January 2018

André François-Poncet graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School. 

He began his career in 1984 at Morgan Stanley in New York and then worked in London and Paris, where he was in charge of opening Morgan Stanley’s French office. After a 16-year career at Morgan Stanley, he joined BC Partners in 2000 (Paris and London) as Managing Partner, where he remained until December 2014 before becoming Senior Advisor until December 2015. He has been a member of the Board of AXA since December 2016.
David Darmon
David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since September 2019

David Darmon joined Wendel in 2005 and has managed numerous investments for the Group over the past 14 years. He participated in the investment and oversight of companies such as Allied Barton (now Allied Universal), CSP Technologies, Deutsch, and Stallergenes. David also initiated several investments in the technology sector.

David opened Wendel’s New York office (Wendel North America) which he has managed since 2013. Since then, Wendel has invested approximately $1bn in the United States over the past five years. 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. 

Currently, David is a Director and a governance committee member at Allied Universal, the largest security group in North America.

Management Committee

The Management Committee makes decisions related to the company’s organization and day-to-day operations. Its members meet once a month.

André François-Poncet
Group CEO

Chairman of the Executive Board since January 2018

André François-Poncet graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School. 

He began his career in 1984 at Morgan Stanley in New York and then worked in London and Paris, where he was in charge of opening Morgan Stanley’s French office. After a 16-year career at Morgan Stanley, he joined BC Partners in 2000 (Paris and London) as Managing Partner, where he remained until December 2014 before becoming Senior Advisor until December 2015. He has been a member of the Board of AXA since December 2016.
David Darmon
David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since September 2019

David Darmon joined Wendel in 2005 and has managed numerous investments for the Group over the past 14 years. He participated in the investment and oversight of companies such as Allied Barton (now Allied Universal), CSP Technologies, Deutsch, and Stallergenes. David also initiated several investments in the technology sector.

David opened Wendel’s New York office (Wendel North America) which he has managed since 2013. Since then, Wendel has invested approximately $1bn in the United States over the past five years. 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. 

Currently, David is a Director and a governance committee member at Allied Universal, the largest security group in North America.

Christine Anglade
Christine Anglade Pirzadeh
Director of Communications and Sustainable Development, Executive Board Secretary

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 et Group Chief Compliance Officer

Caroline Bertin Delacour joined Wendel in 2009. She is in charge of governance, compliance and litigation. 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.

Marie-Hélène Dorat
Marie-Hélène Dorat
Human Resources Director

Marie-Hélène Dorat was promoted DRH in 2016. Member of Wendel's Management Committee.

Marie-Hélène joined Wendel in February 2009 as Compensation and Benefits Manager. 

Prior to Wendel, she worked for 15 years in various fields of finance. In 1997, she moved into Human Resources, first at Crédit Agricole Indosuez (CA CIB) and then in different international consulting firms, including Aon Hewitt and Right Management.

She is a graduate of ESC Rouen (Neoma BS).

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
Executive Vice-President, Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operational Resources

Jérôme Michiels was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Wendel group on October 1, 2015. He is also the Director of Operational Resources. Jérôme is a member of Wendel's Management Committee and a voting member of the Investment Committee. 

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. 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. He is a graduate of HEC.
 
Director of Stahl.

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee selects and prepares Wendel’s investments. Made up of the Executive Board, Managing Directors, including the Chief Financial Offi cer, it meets every two weeks.

André François-Poncet
Group CEO

Chairman of the Executive Board since January 2018

André François-Poncet graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School. 

He began his career in 1984 at Morgan Stanley in New York and then worked in London and Paris, where he was in charge of opening Morgan Stanley’s French office. After a 16-year career at Morgan Stanley, he joined BC Partners in 2000 (Paris and London) as Managing Partner, where he remained until December 2014 before becoming Senior Advisor until December 2015. He has been a member of the Board of AXA since December 2016.
David Darmon
David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since September 2019

David Darmon joined Wendel in 2005 and has managed numerous investments for the Group over the past 14 years. He participated in the investment and oversight of companies such as Allied Barton (now Allied Universal), CSP Technologies, Deutsch, and Stallergenes. David also initiated several investments in the technology sector.

David opened Wendel’s New York office (Wendel North America) which he has managed since 2013. Since then, Wendel has invested approximately $1bn in the United States over the past five years. 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. 

Currently, David is a Director and a governance committee member at Allied Universal, the largest security group in North America.

Stéphane Bacquaert
Stéphane Bacquaert
Managing Director, CEO Wendel Africa

Stephane Bacquaert is Managing Director. Stephane joined Wendel in 2005. He is a member of the group Investment Committee, and currently serves on the boards of Bureau Veritas, IHS Holding 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).

Stéphanie Besnier
Stéphanie Besnier
Managing Director

Based in Paris, Stéphanie Besnier is a Managing Director and co-head of investment activity in France, Belgium and Switzerland. She has played a role in several Wendel investments, including Deutsch, IHS and Constantia Flexibles.

Stéphanie participates in the search for investment opportunities, especially in France. She began her career in the Treasury department of the Ministry of Finance, then worked at the Agence des participations de l’État, the agency that manages the French government’s shareholdings, where she was in charge of the government’s investments in SNCF and SNCM and of the Eurotunnel restructuring. She is a graduate of Polytechnique, Corps des Ponts et Chaussées, and the Paris School of Economics.

Board member of Bureau Veritas and member of the audit committee.

 

Stéphane Heuzé
Stéphane Heuzé
Managing Director

Stéphane Heuzé joined our Casablanca office (covering Africa) in September 2014. He began his career with BCG (The Boston Consulting Group) in Paris. 

He then spent two years with Goldman Sachs in London, within the team responsible for managing the firm’s equity, mezzanine and secondary debt funds. In 2009, Stéphane Heuzé returned to BCG as a founding member of the Casablanca office, covering Africa.

He graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Board member of IHS and Tsebo. 

Roland Lienau
Roland Lienau
Managing Director

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.

Board member of Constantia Flexibles. 

Jérôme Michiels
Jérôme Michiels
Executive Vice-President, Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operational Resources

Jérôme Michiels was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Wendel group on October 1, 2015. He is also the Director of Operational Resources. Jérôme is a member of Wendel's Management Committee and a voting member of the Investment Committee. 

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. 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. He is a graduate of HEC.
 
Director of Stahl.

Adam Reinmann
Adam Reinmann
Managing Director, CEO of Wendel North America

Adam Reinmann is a Managing Director and founding member of Wendel’s New York office, which has invested approximately $1 billion in North American opportunities since it was opened in 2013.   

Prior to joining Wendel, Adam worked at Onex Corporation, a leading North American investment firm, where he was actively involved in several successful private equtiy investments and, in 2009, joined the executive management team of Celestica, Inc. as Chief of Staff to the CEO.  Adam began his career at JPMorgan’s investment banking group in New York. 

Adam has a B.S. in Management from Binghamton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.  

Board member of Allied Universal.

Josselin de Roquemaurel
Executive Vice-President, Managing Director
Josselin de Roquemaurel joined Wendel's European Investment team as a Managing Director in 2018. He started his carreer in 2001 at JPMorgan in London as an Analyst and then as an Associate in Corporate Finance. He then joined 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 is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in (Fontenay / Saint-Cloud) and HEC.

Board member of Cromology.

Félicie Thion de la Chaume
Executive Vice-President, Managing Director, CEO of Wendel London
Félicie Thion de la Chaume is a Managing Director based in London, member of the Investment committee and in charge of Wendel’s London office. 

Félicie graduated from ESCP Europe in 2003 and started her career at Goldman Sachs on the firm's French M&A team between 2003 to 2006. In 2007, she then joined the Wendel Paris investment team as an Associate. 
Since then, she has been involved in several transactions including Deutsch, Helikos, Saham and Stahl's development through several buil-up operations which created value. 
Félicie relocated to the United Kingdom in 2016 to contribute to the opening of the London office, and to focus on investments opportunities in Europe. 

Board member of Stahl.