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Board of Directors

Mercialys, a French-law public limited company (société anonyme), has opted for the governance structure with a Board of Directors.

 

In accordance with the Board of Directors’ rules of procedure, each Director must hold a number of shares in the Company that corresponds to the equivalent of one year’s Directors’ fees. In accordance with the Company’s bylaws and the AFEP and MEDEF Code, the Board of Directors is partly renewed each year.

As part of the duties assigned to it, the Appointments, Remuneration and Governance Committee conducts its annual review of the operations and composition of the Board of Directors in the light of governance regulations, paying particular attention to the representation of independent members and women on the Board, as well as the experience, complementary backgrounds and skills of Board members.

Within this framework, the committee reviews the situation of each Director in the light of any connections with Group companies that may compromise his or her judgment or engender a conflict of interest.

 

The Board of Directors comprises of 8 directors, 5 of whom are independent directors (63%) and 5 of whom are women (63%).

 

Download Board of directors' rules of procedure

 

* Independent director

Eric Le Gentil

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Eric Le Gentil

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Éric Le Gentil is a graduate of the École Polytechnique, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the Institut des Actuaires Français. He began his career in 1985 in insurance auditing. From 1986 to 1992, he held various positions within the French Finance Ministry including that of insurance advisor to Pierre Bérégovoy’s firm. From 1992 to 1999, he held various roles at Athéna Assurances and AGF Assurances. He joined Generali France in 1999 as Chief Executive Officer of Generali Assurances Vie & Iard. In December 2004, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Generali France Assurances. From July 17, 2013 until February 13, 2019, Mr. Eric Le Gentil was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mercialys. Since February 13, 2019, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company.

Jacques Dumas

Director

Jacques Dumas

Director

Jacques Dumas has a Master’s Degree in Law from the Lyon Institute of Political Science. He started his career in 1978 with CFAO (Compagnie Française de l’Afrique Occidentale), first as Corporate Counsel then as Administrative Director until 1986. In 1987 he joined Rallye as Deputy Corporate Secretary, then became Head of Legal Affairs of Groupe Euris in 1994. He was Chief Operating Officer of Euris and Advisor to the Chairman of Casino Guichard-Perrachon. He is actually retired.

Dominique Dudan*

Chairwoman of the Appointments, Compensantion and Governance Committee - Independent Director

Dominique Dudan*

Chairwoman of the Appointments, Compensantion and Governance Committee - Independent Director

After scientific studies, Dominique Dudan joined the real estate industry. Admitted as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), she has become a Fellow. Between 1996 and 2005, Dominique Dudan held the position of Head of Development with Accor Hotels & Resorts. She later joined HSBC Reim as Head of Operations and member of the Management Board, and then BNP Paribas Reim as Executive Vice-President and Head of Regulated Real Estate Funds. In 2009, Dominique Dudan created her own firm, Artio Conseil, while holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of Arcole Asset Management. In 2011, Dominique Dudan became Chairman of Union Investment Real Estate France, a position she held until July 2015. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Gecina since 2015, and a member of the Supervisory Board of Swiss Life Reim (France) since 2017. Ms. Dominique Dudan is also a member of RICS France, the MEDEF Economic Commission for the Service Professions Group and the Île-de-France Real Estate Club. She has the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.

Elisabeth Cunin*

Chairwoman of the Strategy and Transformation Committee, Chairwomen of the Kiabi group

Elisabeth Cunin*

Chairwoman of the Strategy and Transformation Committee, Chairwomen of the Kiabi group

Elisabeth Cunin holds degrees from the École Polytechnique, ENSAE and Sciences Po Paris. She began her career at consulting firm McKinsey, before moving into the retail sector, firstly with Dia and then with Etam. She became Chief Executive Officer of André in 2001 and then of Etam Lingerie in 2005. In 2011, Ms Cunin became Chairman of Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse Tam Tam, brands owned by Japanese group Fast Retailing, which also owns Uniqlo. From October 2013 to September 2018 she pursued her career within the Camaïeu group as Chairwoman of the Management Board and then Chairwoman. In May 2019, Ms. Cunin was appointed Chairwoman of the Kiabi group.

Victoire Boissier*

Chief Operating Officer Group finance – Les petits chaperons rouges

Victoire Boissier*

Chief Operating Officer Group finance – Les petits chaperons rouges

With degrees from EM Lyon (major in Finance) and the INSEAD International Executive Program, Victoire Boissier began her career in 1990 in the banking sector (Barclays), then in 1992 she joined La Générale de Restauration as Management Controller. Between 1995 and 2008 she held a series of positions within Yum France: Planning Analyst, Head of Strategic Planning, Financial Controller and Manager, Chief Financial Officer, member of the Management Committee and person in charge of management control, internal auditing, IT, accounting, finances and property. From 2009 to 2017, Victoire Boissier was Chief Financial Officer of Louvre Hôtels Group, and a member of its Executive Committee. In 2017, she joined the Grandir/Les Petits Chaperons Rouges educational group, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Pascale Roque*

Chief Executive Officer Hertz France

Pascale Roque*

Chief Executive Officer Hertz France

Pascale Roque is an ESSEC graduate. She began her career in 1985 with the Air France group, where she spent 15 years and was involved in initiatives with major operational and organizational transformation stakes. In 2001, she joined the Accor hotel group, initially heading up international sales, then the group's salesforces and call centers. In 2006, she was promoted to CEO of Etap Hôtel and Formule 1 hotels. In 2009, she moved to the Pierre & Vacances Group as CEO of Résidences Pierre & Vacances and Maeva. In 2013, she became CEO of the hotel chain B&B Hôtels. From 2016, Pascale Roque was CEO of Pierre & Vacances Tourisme and a member of the Group's Executive Committee. In 2020, she joined Atream as Tourism Chief Executive Officer.

Stéphanie Bensimon*

Chairwoman of the Audit Committee, Managing Director, in charge of real estate, Ardian France

Stéphanie Bensimon*

Chairwoman of the Audit Committee, Managing Director, in charge of real estate, Ardian France

Mrs Stéphanie Bensimon has a Master’s in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine University. Since 2016, she has been Managing Director Real Estate for Ardian France. She has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate investment, including five years with Invesco Real Estate, where she was in charge of investments for France, Belgium and Southern Europe from 2011, and previously with Carval Investors, a Cargill Group subsidiary, and GE Real Estate Group, where she was responsible for real estate investment in for Europe.

Vincent Ravat

Chief Executive Officer of Mercialys

Vincent Ravat

Chief Executive Officer of Mercialys

Vincent Ravat joined Mercialys in January 2014 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer responsible for the lettings, operations and marketing & communication teams. Previously, he served from 2011 as Director of Operations France for Hammerson, a real estate investment, development and management group, listed on the London Stock Exchange, developing its activities in the United Kingdom and France. From 2000 to 2010, he held various positions in Asia, Switzerland, Spain and France, with the Ludendo and Distritoys groups, where he was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a graduate of ESC Rouen (now Neoma Business School) and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). He was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mercialys from August 2016 to February 2019, and he now serves as Chief Executive Officer.