GOVERNANCE

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. 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 how nuclear power is an essential solution to the climate challenge.

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

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

Member of the Executive Committee

Stéphane Aubarbier is a graduate engineer from INSA Lyon and holds an MBA from ESCP-EAP. He began his career at Assystem in operational functions and then took charge of the automotive sector.
He then applied his marketing skills by working on service offers at ABB. He was Director of the maintenance contracts division for France and then Southern Europe before taking over the Marketing and Business Development department of ABB Service, Southern Europe.

In 2002, Stéphane joined the Executive Committee of Assystem to develop the engineering activities. In 2005, he was appointed Executive VP of the group and became in 2018 General Manager Operations.
Between 2012 and 2014, Stéphane was President of Syntec Ingénierie (French federation gathering engineering companies). He has been a member of the CSFN (French nuclear industry strategic committee) since 2011 and President of the Nuclear European Leaders network since 2022.

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.

The Board of Directors has established two committees dealing with specific issues: an Audit Committee and a Compensation and Corposal 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 the 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 participates 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).

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.

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 articles of association (French only)

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 of Directors and is in charge, in particular, for monitoring the process of the financial reporting process, the relevance and consistency of accounting methods, monitoring the efficiency of internal control and risk management systems, monitoring the statutory audit of the annual accounts and consolidated financial statements by the statutory auditors, and checking compliance with the conditions of independence as defined by the applicable regulations for the statutory auditors.

The Audit Committee is composed of four independent Directors:

  • Mr. Gilbert Lehmann – Chair
  • Ms. Miriam Maes
  • Mr. Vincent Favier
  • Mr. Pierre Guénant

Compensation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee

It is in charge of submitting proposals to the Board of Directors for the appointment of the Board of Directors’ members. It makes proposals on the compensation of corporate officers. It ensures the level of commitment of the Group and the Company in terms of non-financial compliance, ethics and social and environmental responsibility.

Compensation and CSR Committee is composed of three independent Directors :

  • Ms. Miriam Maes - Chair
  • Mr. Gilbert Lehmann
  • Mr. Vincent Favier

Executive committee

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

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

    Stéphane Aubarbier is a graduate engineer from INSA Lyon and holds an MBA from ESCP-EAP. He began his career at Assystem in operational functions and then took charge of the automotive sector.
    He then applied his marketing skills by working on service offers at ABB. He was Director of the maintenance contracts division for France and then Southern Europe before taking over the Marketing and Business Development department of ABB Service, Southern Europe.

    In 2002, Stéphane joined the Executive Committee of Assystem to develop the engineering activities. In 2005, he was appointed Executive VP of the group and became in 2018 General Manager Operations.
    Between 2012 and 2014, Stéphane was President of Syntec Ingénierie (French federation gathering engineering companies). He has been a member of the CSFN (French nuclear industry strategic committee) since 2011 and President of the Nuclear European Leaders network since 2022.

    Thomas BRANCHE
    Senior Vice President of Engineering Activities
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    Thomas BRANCHE
    Senior Vice President of Engineering Activities

    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. In 2022, he has been appointed as Head of Assystem’s engineering activities.

    Christian JEANNEAU
    Senior Vice President of Digital Activities
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    Christian JEANNEAU
    Senior Vice President of Digital Activities

    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. In 2022, he has been appointed as Head of Assystem’s digital activities.

    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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