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.

Executive Board Advisor: Christine Anglade Pirzadeh

André François-Poncet
Group CEO

Chairman of the Executive Board since January 2018

André François-Poncet was appointed Group CEO on January 1, 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.

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.

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

David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since September 2019

David Darmon was appointed Group Deputy CEO on September 9, 2019. 

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 Darmon joined Wendel in 2005 and joined the Executive Board in September 2019. An appointment to the Executive Board that 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 Darmon 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. 

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 was appointed Group CEO on January 1, 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.

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.

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

David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since September 2019

David Darmon was appointed Group Deputy CEO on September 9, 2019. 

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 Darmon joined Wendel in 2005 and joined the Executive Board in September 2019. An appointment to the Executive Board that 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 Darmon 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. 

Christine Anglade Pirzadeh
Director of Sustainable Development and Communication, Executive Board Advisor

Christine Anglade-Pirzadeh is Director of Sustainable Development and Communication since 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
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.

Benoit Drillaud
Deputy CFO

Benoit Drillaud joined the Wendel Finance Department in September 2004 after five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. 

He is a member of the Management Committee and he leads the financial and accounting team.

He is a graduate of a Master of Finance from ESCP and a DEA in Economy of the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. 

Board member of Cromology.

Peter Meredith
Tax Director

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

Before joining Wendel, Peter was Tax Director of Bouygues Construction (2005-2013); of Capgemini (2000-2005) and of Group GTM (1989-2000).

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 Bureau Veritas and Stahl.

Alexina Portal
Director of Human Resources

Alexina Portal joined Wendel in 2020 as Director of Human Resources.

Alexina's arrival is part of Wendel’s plan to transform the HR function, and she will report to Wendel’s Executive Board. A graduate of INSEAD (IEP) and with a doctorate in organizational behavior, Alexina will focus her skills on turning the HR function into a competitive strength. Her role will include both redefining HR procedures and implementing specific projects in recruiting, training, diversity, employer branding as well as quality of life at work and organizational culture.

Alexina will work with the Executive Board in supporting portfolio companies in the realm of human resources and will become a member of the Management Committee.

Since 2004, Alexina has acted as Transformation Programs Director for diverse organizations in sectors as varied as manufacturing (plastics, packaging, cabling, cosmetics, agri-food), services (auditing, communications, consumer goods) and IT systems (software companies, distributors, advisory services). Prior to that, she served as an internal auditor, as well as education services director and marketing and communications director for Oracle’s PeopleSoft division.

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 Constantia Flexibles, Cromology.

Félicie Thion de la Chaume
Executive Vice-President, Managing Director,
Félicie Thion de la Chaume is a Managing Director and member of the Investment committee. 

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, an office which she later headed. 

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.

Board member 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 was appointed Group CEO on January 1, 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.

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.

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

David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

Member of the Executive Board since September 2019

David Darmon was appointed Group Deputy CEO on September 9, 2019. 

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 Darmon joined Wendel in 2005 and joined the Executive Board in September 2019. An appointment to the Executive Board that 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 Darmon 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. 

Harper Mates
Harper Mates
Managing Director

Harper Mates is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee.

Prior to joining the Wendel New York office in 2015, Harper was a Vice President at MidOcean Partners, a US-based middle market private equity firm where she was responsible for investments in the business services, media and consumer services sectors.

She began her career at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking Analyst and then Citi Private Equity as an Associate. Harper holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Board member of Crisis Prevention Institute.
Member of Wendel's Supervisory Board as employee representative.

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 Bureau Veritas and 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 Crisis Prevention Institute.

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 Constantia Flexibles, Cromology.

Félicie Thion de la Chaume
Executive Vice-President, Managing Director,
Félicie Thion de la Chaume is a Managing Director and member of the Investment committee. 

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, an office which she later headed. 

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.

Board member of Stahl.