Board of Directors
The Board of Directors sets the strategic, economic, and financial policies of Assystem’s businesses and oversees their successful implementation.
Subject to the powers expressly granted to shareholders and within the limits of the corporate purpose, the Board examines any and all matters concerning the smooth running of Assystem at the initiative of its President and in its deliberations it rules on the matters that concern it. These include all strategic decisions for Assystem and the Group.
The Board of Directors has established two committees dealing with specific issues: an Audit Committee and a Compensation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee.
The internal regulations of the Board of Directors, which are available to shareholders at the registered office and also on this website, set out the mission of the Board and its committees. It defines the Board’s operating mode and how to apply the legal requirements and the statutory provisions regarding its role in Assystem’s management. It also indicates the rights and duties of the Board of Directors’ members, mainly with regard to the prevention of conflicts of interest, the strict confidentiality of its deliberations and the due diligence required to participate in its works. Finally, it deals with the rules relating to transactions in Assystem’s securities, as recommended by the Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers).
On 24 January 2023, Mr. Stéphane Aubarbier was appointed Deputy CEO by the Board of Directors.
The Assystem Board of Directors consists of eight members, all appointed for a renewable term of three years.
- Dominique Louis – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
- Gilbert Lehmann – Independent director, Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation and CSR Committee
- Miriam Maes – Independent director, Chair of the Compensation and CSR Committee and member of the Audit Committee
- Virginie Calmels – Independent director
- Vincent Favier – Independent director, member of the Audit Committee and of the Compensation and CSR Committee
- Nathalie Font – Employee-representative director
- Julie Louis - Director
- MC Conseil, represented by Michel Combes – Director
Read the articles of association (French only)
Decision of the board
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive OfficerDominique Louis is Chairman of the Assystem SA Board of Directors. A graduate of the ENSEM school of engineering, Dominique Louis began his career as a testing engineer at ATEM, specialised in industrial and nuclear engineering. He went on to found the company R’data, followed by Alphatem, a joint subsidiary with COGEMA, which would later merge to form Assystem. In 1995, Dominique Louis oversaw the initial public offering of Assystem which had a staff of 3,000 engineers and technicians and an annual revenue of €250 million at the time. The phasing out of nuclear power in the late 1990s marked the beginning of Assystem’s transformation, whereupon it would diversify into the aeronautics and automotive sectors and develop internationally. In 2017, Dominique Louis decided to refocus the Group’s business on its historic areas of expertise: nuclear power and complex infrastructures. For this purpose, Assystem sold 60% of its outsourced R&D business to the Ardian investment fund and acquired a 5% stake in Framatome to confirm the Group’s role in the French nuclear sector. In 2018, Dominique Louis and his advisor Jean-Louis Ricaud, published a book entitled "2050 : la France sans Carbone” (2050: A Carbon-Free France), which set out their uncompromising review of trends in global CO2 emissions, and the solutions to be deployed to ensure access to competitive, decarbonised energy for all. In 2021, Dominique and Jean-Louis Ricaud published their second book, “Energie nucléaire, le vrai risque” (Nuclear energy, the real risk), in which they demonstrate the role of nuclear power as an all-important solution to the climate challenge. Dominique Louis was made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur (Legion of honour).
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Deputy Chief Executive OfficerStéphane Aubarbier is an engineering graduate from INSA Lyon and ESCP-EAP. He started his career at Assystem as a test engineer before taking on various responsibilities that led him to take charge of the automotive sector. After a 5-year period with the ABB group where he managed the maintenance contract activities for France and then for Southern Europe, before managing the marketing and development of the service branch for Southern Europe, he returned to the Assystem group in 2002 to create the engineering activities and redevelop the energy & nuclear sector. Appointed Executive Vice President of the group in 2005, he managed the automotive, manufacturing and energy sectors and led the development in the Middle East and Asia. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2018. On January 24, 2023, he was appointed Deputy CEO of the Assystem group, in charge of all the company's activities. Stéphane Aubarbier was also President of Syntec-Ingénierie (French professional federation) and has been a member of the Strategic Committee of the French Nuclear Industry since 2011.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Group Chief Financial OfficerMalène is a graduate of the French business school ESCP Europe. She began her career at KPMG Deal Advisory in 2008, where she was senior manager in Transaction Services and took part in numerous merger & acquisition projects. In 2014, she joined Europcar Mobility Group where she held several positions in finance and operations, including Group Head of M&A, Group Controlling Director, Group Transformation Director in charge of HQ reorganization together with functional processes rationalization, Deputy Group CFO, and lastly Group CFO prior to Europcar delisting after the acquisition by a Volkswagen-led consortium. She joined Assystem in February 2023 as Group Chief Financial Officer. She is a member of the Executive Committee.
Executive Vice President International, Project Management & Digital
Executive Vice President International, Project Management & DigitalA graduate of the INSA Lyon engineering school, Christian Jeanneau joined Assystem in 1995 as a testing engineer, working in French nuclear plants and in the naval sector, among others. After gaining further experience in South Africa in infrastructures, then in the automotive industry as Director of Operations, Christian took the helm of the Engineering business in 2008, then of the French nuclear activities in 2011. In 2013, he became Managing Director of Assystem France for Energy, Infrastructures and Life Science activities, before being appointed Senior Vice-President for the Group’s digital activities in 2022. Since July 2023, Christian is Executive Vice President International, Project Management & Digital. He is also Director of the Assystem Institute, our training body created in 2008 to transfer the Group’s skills and knowledge to new generations of engineers, and Administrator & Vice President of Syntec Ingénierie, in charge of social issues and training.
Executive Vice President France, Nuclear & Energy New Build
Executive Vice President France, Nuclear & Energy New BuildA graduate of France’s prestigious Ecole Polytechnique and a member of the Corps des Mines, Thomas Branche began his career at Total Exploration & Production, before joining the French Ministry for Energy, where he managed the nuclear branch of the General Directorate for Energy and Climate Change. He, then, became Deputy Head of the cabinet of the French Minister for Industry, Energy, and the Digital Economy. He joined Assystem in July 2012 taking charge of the French Nuclear business unit, before moving to Dubai in 2016 to manage Assystem's activities in Middle East and Central Asia. In 2017, Thomas became Senior Vice-President in charge of "Energy Transition and Infrastructure" activities, then in 2022, of Assystem's engineering activities worldwide. He is appointed Executive Vice President France, Nuclear & Energy New Build in July 2023 and represents the French professional federation of engineering companies on France’s Hydrogen Council.
Senior Vice President in charge of Human Resources
Senior Vice President in charge of Human ResourcesEmmanuelle Capiez holds a Master's degree in Economics and began her career as a consultant in international HR firms specialising in headhunting (Egor, FSC Consultants, etc.). After 6 years in a consulting firm, Emmanuelle joined the SIRIS Group - Telecom Operator - as HR Development Manager, building an expertise in recruitment, training, internal mobility, Key People management, to then take on a broader role as HR Business Partner. In 2003, Emmanuelle took on the role of Human Resources Director at Assystem, first in BU functions, then in France, then internationally, before taking overall responsibility for Human Resources as Senior Vice-President of Human Resources within the Group. She is a member of the Executive Committee.
Marketing and Communication Director
Marketing and Communication DirectorIn 2012, Anne-Charlotte graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and Peking University with a dual master's degree in international affairs, specialising in the environment and sustainable development. She began her career at Orano in the strategy department, before joining Assystem in 2014. She is presently Assystem’s Marketing & Communication Director and a member of the Executive Committee. From 2017 to 2021, Anne-Charlotte was also Gender Diversity Programme Director. In 2019, she was appointed Chair of the Communication Commission for the French Nuclear Industry Association (GIFEN).
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology OfficerHolder of a doctorate in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies, Robert Plana has spent more than 30 years working in research and design, innovation, and digital transformation. After teaching for several years at the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse and at the "Institut Universitaire de France", he pursued a career in research and design and innovation management, holding various management positions at the CNRS, the French National Research Agency, and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. He continued his career in innovation at Alstom and GE where he oversaw various R&D programs in the field of smart grids and digital twins. Robert joined Assystem in 2017 as Chief Technology Officer. As a member of the Executive Committee, Robert leads the Group’s innovation and digital transformation strategy. Drawing on his expertise in cutting-edge industry, Robert supports Assystem’s strong development ambitions to step up its digital transformation and its innovative capacity to increase the performance of the services delivered to its customers.