GOVERNANCE

Dominique LOUIS

France has reached a turning point in its energy policy, and its leaders need to make a decisive choice on the strategy to adopt for the second half of the 21st century.

In the long-term, we need to see solar and wind energies making a major contribution to meeting electricity demand. With this in mind, it is vital to invest appropriate R&D resources to increase their competitivity though technical and economic efficiency. Until we achieve this, worldwide use of nuclear power would appear to have a key role to play.

Dominique LOUIS
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Dominique LOUIS
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dominique Louis is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Assystem SA.

A qualified engineer (ENSEM), Dominique Louis began his career as a testing engineer at ATEM, specialised in industrial and nuclear engineering. He then founded the company R’data, followed by Alphatem, a joint subsidiary with COGEMA, which were merged to form Assystem.

In 1995, Dominique Louis led the initial public offering of Assystem, which had a staff of 3,000 engineers and technicians at the time and had a turnover of €250 million.

The phasing-out of nuclear power in the late 90s marked the beginning of Assystem’s transformation, diversifying into the aeronautics and automotive sectors and achieving international growth. In 2017, Dominique Louis made the decision to focus the Group’s business back on its historic areas of expertise: nuclear power and complex infrastructures. As such, Assystem sold 60% of its outsourced R&D business to the investment fund Ardian and took a 5% shareholding in Framatome to confirm the Group’s role in the French nuclear sector.

In 2018, Dominique Louis and Jean-Louis Ricaud, Advisor to the CEO and Chief Operating Officer, published the book “2050 : la France sans Carbone” (2050: A Carbon-Free France) and offered their uncompromising review of trends in global CO2 emissions and of the solutions to be deployed to ensure access to competitive decarbonised energy for all.

Dominique Louis has also been made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour).

Philippe CHEVALLIER
Philippe CHEVALLIER
Deputy CEO and CFO
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Philippe CHEVALLIER
Deputy CEO and CFO

Member of the Executive Committee

Philippe CHEVALLIER is a graduate of ESSEC and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Prior to Assystem, he was for 12 years Chief Financial Officer at Elior. He managed the capital refinancing operations, capital evolutions and mergers and cessions.

He began his career at Usinor (now ArcelorMittal) where he was Head of Financing and Mergers & Acquisitions Director.

Since 2015, Philippe CHEVALLIER is Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Assystem. He is a member of the executive committee, and reports to the Chairman and CEO, Dominique LOUIS.

Stéphane AUBARBIER
Stéphane AUBARBIER
Chief Operating Officer
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Stéphane AUBARBIER
Chief Operating Officer

Member of the Executive Committee

As an engineering graduate of the Lyon INSA (National Institute for the Applied Sciences) and holding an MBA from the ESCP-EAP (European School of Management in Paris), Stéphane AUBARBIER started his career at Assystem on operational positions and took over the development of the automotive sector.

Subsequently, Stéphane applies his skills in marketing to work on the service offers at ABB group. He successively occupied the positions of Director of the maintenance contracts division for France, then for Southern Europe, finally taking over ABB Service’s Marketing and Business Development Management for Southern Europe.

In 2002, Stéphane joined Assystem’s Executive Committee to develop engineering activities. Since 2005, Stéphane is Executive Vice-President of the Assystem group.

Between 2012 and 2014 Stéphane was the president of Syntec Ingénierie (French federation gathering engineering companies). He is now a member of the CSFN (French nuclear industry strategic committee) board.

Since 22 May, 2014 Assystem has been a public limited liability company with a Board of Directors. This method of administration provides governance more closely aligned with management, while ensuring adequate oversight by the independent directors. 
Assystem’s senior management attaches great importance to the efficiency of its process for making important decisions and the smooth flow of information within the Group. This constant concern is largely due to its highly decentralised organisation and continues to play a relevant role as the company gradually grows more global.

Mission

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.

To carry out its tasks effectively, the Board receives regular and comprehensive information on the matters submitted to it prior to its meetings, and on all matters on the agenda including the quarterly reports on the management of the company.

The Board meets as often as the interests of the Company require it to, and at least three times a year.

Composition

The Assystem Board of Directors consists of nine members, all appointed for a renewable term of three years.

  • Dominique Louis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Gilbert Lehmann
  • Miriam Maes
  • Virginie Calmels
  • Nathalie Font, representing the employees
  • Vincent Favier
  • Julie Louis
  • Pierre Guénant
  • MC Conseil, represented by Mr. Michel Combes

On 5 June 2015, Mr. Philippe Chevallier was appointed Deputy CEO and CFO by the Board of Directors.

In addition, on 27 june 2019, two censors were appointed by the Board of Directors decision:

  • MC Conseils, represented by Mr. Michel Combes
  • Tikehau Investment Management, represented by Mr. Henri Marcoux

The Board of Directors has established two special committees, an Audit Committee and a Remuneration and Appointments Committee.

The rules of procedure of the Board of Directors, which is available for shareholders at the Company’s head office and also on this website, determine the responsibilities of the Board and of its committees. They specify the Board’s mode of operation and the procedures for implementing legal requirements and statutory provisions concerning its role in the management of Assystem. The rules also mention the rights and duties of the Members of the Board, particularly regarding the prevention of conflicts of interest, the strict confidentiality of its deliberations and the relevant despatch for participating in its work. They also set down the rules on transactions involving Assystem’s shares, as recommended by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.

Read the internal regulations of the board of Directors

Decision of the board

Publication de l'autorisation du conseil d'administration du 09 mars 2016 (French only)

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee assists the Board to exercise its powers and functions in the areas of finance and auditing, including the integrity of financial reporting, internal control, carrying out internal audits, the independence and performance of the Statutory Auditors, risk management, financial planning, monitoring major projects and ethical standards.

The Audit Committee consists of:

  • Mr. Gilbert Lehmann - Chairman
  • Ms. Miriam Maes
  • Tikehau Capital, represented by Mr. Vincent Favier

Remuneration and Appointments Committee

This is responsible for submitting to the Board proposals for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors, any executive officers and the members of the Audit Committee. It is also informed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the appointments of other executives.

In addition, the Committee proposes to the Board the amounts for Directors’ fees to be submitted to the General Assembly as well as their allocation between the members of the Supervisory Board.

The Committee may also propose to the Board the remuneration of certain executive officers and, upon request of the Chairman of the Board, to comment on the terms.

The Remuneration and Appointments Committee consists of:

  • Ms. Miriam Maes, Chairperson
  • Mr. Gilbert Lehmann
  • Tikehau Capital, represented by Mr. Vincent Favier

Executive committee

Philippe CHEVALLIER
Deputy CEO and CFO
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Philippe CHEVALLIER
Deputy CEO and CFO

Member of the Executive Committee

Philippe CHEVALLIER is a graduate of ESSEC and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Prior to Assystem, he was for 12 years Chief Financial Officer at Elior. He managed the capital refinancing operations, capital evolutions and mergers and cessions.

He began his career at Usinor (now ArcelorMittal) where he was Head of Financing and Mergers & Acquisitions Director.

Since 2015, Philippe CHEVALLIER is Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Assystem. He is a member of the executive committee, and reports to the Chairman and CEO, Dominique LOUIS.

    Stéphane AUBARBIER
    Chief Operating Officer
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    Stéphane AUBARBIER
    Chief Operating Officer

    As an engineering graduate of the Lyon INSA (National Institute for the Applied Sciences) and holding an MBA from the ESCP-EAP (European School of Management in Paris), Stéphane AUBARBIER started his career at Assystem on operational positions and took over the development of the automotive sector.

    Subsequently, Stéphane applies his skills in marketing to work on the service offers at ABB group. He successively occupied the positions of Director of the maintenance contracts division for France, then for Southern Europe, finally taking over ABB Service’s Marketing and Business Development Management for Southern Europe.

    In 2002, Stéphane joined Assystem’s Executive Committee to develop engineering activities. Since 2005, Stéphane is Executive Vice-President of the Assystem group.

    Between 2012 and 2014 Stéphane was the president of Syntec Ingénierie (French federation gathering engineering companies). He is now a member of the CSFN (French nuclear industry strategic committee) board.

    Thomas BRANCHE
    Senior Vice President Energy Transition & Infrastructures
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    Thomas BRANCHE
    Senior Vice President Energy Transition & Infrastructures

    A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines, Thomas BRANCHE began his career at Total Exploration & Production, before working for the French state, notably in the Directorate General for Energy and Climate. Previously Deputy Manager in charge of the Energy division in the office of Eric Besson, former Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, Thomas joined the Energy & Infrastructures division of Assystem as Deputy General Director in 2012, for the French nuclear market.

    In 2016, Thomas became Managing Director for Assystem in the Middle East. In 2017, Thomas was appointed Senior Vice President in charge of all activities related to energy transition and infrastructures development worldwide.

    Christian JEANNEAU
    Senior Vice President Nuclear
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    Christian JEANNEAU
    Senior Vice President Nuclear

    Trained as an engineer (INSA Lyon), Christian JEANNEAU joined Assystem in 1995 as a testing engineer working on French nuclear plants and in the naval sector. After an experience in South Africa in infrastructures and then at Renault, he took over the management of the Engineering branch in 2008. In 2011, he became Director of Assystem nuclear activities in France, and since 2017, he became Senior Vice President for nuclear activities worldwide.

    He is also Director of the Assystem Nuclear Institute, a training institute established in 2008 to transfer to new generations of engineers the skills and knowledge developed by the Group in the fields of dependability, commissioning and decommissioning.

    Franck LADEGAILLERIE
    Senior Vice President MPH
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    Franck LADEGAILLERIE
    Senior Vice President MPH

    A graduate of Grenoble Business School, Franck LADEGAILLERIE began his career at Peugeot, to develop the brand in the Eastern Europe and CIS countries, before joining ABB Group in the field of maintenance, developing outsourcing maintenance services in the industrial sector.

    Franck then moved to marketing and communication for Cospirit Group, in charge of developing media consulting services for the retail sector in Europe, before being appointed Sales Director for various sportswear brands in North America and Japan.

    In 2005, Franck joined Assystem as Key Account Manager for Renault and Framatome. He then moved to Dubai in 2013 to develop international engineering activities in the Middle East, South East Asia and eastern countries.

    Early 2018, Franck was appointed Managing Director of MPH, the manpower supply subsidiary of Assystem which headquarter is in Dubai.

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