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 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.
Bernard Gautier
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since 2005

Bernard Gautier joined Wendel in 2003 and became a member of the Group’s Executive Board in 2005. In this capacity, he has contributed to developing and implementing the Group’s strategy, alongside the Chairman of the Executive Board. Since 2017, he is Chairman of Orange-Nassau Groep. 

Specifically, since 2009 he has headed the management company Winvest Conseil (AIFM), which is in charge of all of the Group’s unlisted investments (except SGI Africa). While leading and developing the investment team, he has managed several value-creating acquisitions for Wendel, such as Editis (France, 2004), Deutsch (United States, 2006), Stahl (Netherlands, 2006) and more recently, IHS (Africa, 2013) and Constantia Flexibles (Austria, 2014). After opening Wendel Japan in 2007, Bernard Gautier also played a significant role in the development of Wendel’s international network, in Asia, the United States and Africa.

Before joining Wendel, Bernard worked for 18 years as a consultant in organization and strategy, first at Andersen Consulting, then at Bain & Co. He became a partner in Bain & Co. in 1995, then Senior Partner in charge of the international Media and Telecom practice. Between 2000 and 2003, Bernard was General Partner of Atlas Venture’s funds V and VI and in charge of the Paris office, as well as founder and Managing Partner of real-estate management company Lineis and the Altineis real-estate investment companies. 

A graduate of Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC), he has also been president of France’s “Junior-Enterprises” confederation and was a founder of the Supelec Forum and the student newspaper Cactus
 
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. 
 
Current appointments: 
Director of Stahl, IHS, Cromology, Nippon Oil Pump, CSP Technologies, Chairman of Constantia Flexibles.

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.

 

André François-Poncet
Group CEO

Chairman of the Executive Board since 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.
Bernard Gautier
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since 2005

Bernard Gautier joined Wendel in 2003 and became a member of the Group’s Executive Board in 2005. In this capacity, he has contributed to developing and implementing the Group’s strategy, alongside the Chairman of the Executive Board. Since 2017, he is Chairman of Orange-Nassau Groep. 

Specifically, since 2009 he has headed the management company Winvest Conseil (AIFM), which is in charge of all of the Group’s unlisted investments (except SGI Africa). While leading and developing the investment team, he has managed several value-creating acquisitions for Wendel, such as Editis (France, 2004), Deutsch (United States, 2006), Stahl (Netherlands, 2006) and more recently, IHS (Africa, 2013) and Constantia Flexibles (Austria, 2014). After opening Wendel Japan in 2007, Bernard Gautier also played a significant role in the development of Wendel’s international network, in Asia, the United States and Africa.

Before joining Wendel, Bernard worked for 18 years as a consultant in organization and strategy, first at Andersen Consulting, then at Bain & Co. He became a partner in Bain & Co. in 1995, then Senior Partner in charge of the international Media and Telecom practice. Between 2000 and 2003, Bernard was General Partner of Atlas Venture’s funds V and VI and in charge of the Paris office, as well as founder and Managing Partner of real-estate management company Lineis and the Altineis real-estate investment companies. 

A graduate of Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC), he has also been president of France’s “Junior-Enterprises” confederation and was a founder of the Supelec Forum and the student newspaper Cactus
 
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. 
 
Current appointments: 
Director of Stahl, IHS, Cromology, Nippon Oil Pump, CSP Technologies, Chairman of Constantia Flexibles.

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 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.

Board member of Stahl. 

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.

Board member of Constantia Flexibles, Cromology, CSP Technologies, Mecatherm and Nippon Oil Pump. 

Investment Committee

Made up of the Executive Board members, nine 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.

André François-Poncet
Group CEO

Chairman of the Executive Board since 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.
Bernard Gautier
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since 2005

Bernard Gautier joined Wendel in 2003 and became a member of the Group’s Executive Board in 2005. In this capacity, he has contributed to developing and implementing the Group’s strategy, alongside the Chairman of the Executive Board. Since 2017, he is Chairman of Orange-Nassau Groep. 

Specifically, since 2009 he has headed the management company Winvest Conseil (AIFM), which is in charge of all of the Group’s unlisted investments (except SGI Africa). While leading and developing the investment team, he has managed several value-creating acquisitions for Wendel, such as Editis (France, 2004), Deutsch (United States, 2006), Stahl (Netherlands, 2006) and more recently, IHS (Africa, 2013) and Constantia Flexibles (Austria, 2014). After opening Wendel Japan in 2007, Bernard Gautier also played a significant role in the development of Wendel’s international network, in Asia, the United States and Africa.

Before joining Wendel, Bernard worked for 18 years as a consultant in organization and strategy, first at Andersen Consulting, then at Bain & Co. He became a partner in Bain & Co. in 1995, then Senior Partner in charge of the international Media and Telecom practice. Between 2000 and 2003, Bernard was General Partner of Atlas Venture’s funds V and VI and in charge of the Paris office, as well as founder and Managing Partner of real-estate management company Lineis and the Altineis real-estate investment companies. 

A graduate of Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC), he has also been president of France’s “Junior-Enterprises” confederation and was a founder of the Supelec Forum and the student newspaper Cactus
 
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. 
 
Current appointments: 
Director of Stahl, IHS, Cromology, Nippon Oil Pump, CSP Technologies, Chairman of Constantia Flexibles.

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, IHS Holding, PlaYce 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

Stéphanie Besnier is a Managing Director based in Paris. 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.

 

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. Member of the Investment Committee.

Board member of Allied Universal and CSP Technologies.  

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.

Board member of Bureau Veritas. 

Stéphane Heuzé
Stéphane Heuzé
Managing Director

Stéphane Heuzé, who 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, Tsebo and PlaYce. 

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
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.

Board member of Stahl. 

Adam Reinmann
Adam Reinmann
Managing Director

Adam Reinmann joined Wendel in 2013 as a founding member of its New York office.

 

Adam previously worked for Onex, a leading Canadian investment firm, where he was leading origination and due diligence efforts in the chemicals and specialty materials industries and has worked on several private equity transactions, including the acquisitions of The Warranty Group, Skilled Healthcare, Cypress Insurance Group, RSI Home Products and JELD-WEN Holding, inc.

During 2009, Adam served as a member of the executive management team at Celestica, Inc., where he was actively involved in developing Celestica`s growth and operational improvement strategy.

Before joining Onex, Adam was with JPMorgan’s Leveraged Finance Group for eight years, where he led financings for financial sponsors and corporate clients, principally in the chemical and healthcare industries. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Binghamton University.

Board member of CSP Technologies and Allied Universal.

Josselin de Roquemaurel
Managing Director
Josselin de Roquemaurel is joining 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. He then joined 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.
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.

Board member of Constantia Flexibles, Cromology, CSP Technologies, Mecatherm and Nippon Oil Pump. 

Félicie Thion de La Chaume
Félicie Thion de la Chaume
Managing Director

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. 
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.