Board of directors

In accordance with article L.225-37 of the French Commercial Code (Code de Commerce), Compagnie de Saint-Gobain refers to and complies with all the principles of corporate governance set out in the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code for listed companies

The Board of Directors of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain is comprised of 16 members. Its decisions are informed by the recommendations of three Board committees:

  • Financial Statements Committee, 
  • Appointments, Compensation and Governance Committee,
  • Strategy and Corporate Committee.

Directors are elected for a four-year term, in accordance with the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF code for publicly listed companies in France (article 9 of the bylaws).

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  • Isabelle Bouillot

    Chairman of China Equity Links

    Isabelle Bouillot is a director of Umicore and Air France, as well as the Managing Partner of IB Finance. 

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  • Alain Destrain

    Director representing employees

    Alain Destrain has held numerous mandates: Secretary in charge of union affairs for the Aisne Regional Union, Member of the Federal Bureau of Glass and Ceramics, responsible for collective bargaining for the Mechanical Glass Branch, Union Representative and then full member of the Saint-Gobain Emballage Works Council, Central Union Delegate Verallia, Saint-Gobain Group Council Secretary, Member of the Convention for European Social Dialogue and a Member of the Select Committee.

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  • Jean-Martin Folz

    Corporate Director

    Jean-Martin Folz is a director of Alstom, Axa, Société Générale and Solvay. 

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  • Bernard Gautier

    Member of the Management Board of Wendel

    Bernard Gautier is also Chairman of Winvest International S.A. SICAR, Oranje-Nassau Développement S.A. SICAR, Expansion 17 S.A. and Global Performance 17 S.A., Chairman of the Management Advisory Board of Winvest Conseil, Legal Manager of Materis Parent, a director of Communication Media Partner, Stahl Holdings BV, Stahl Group S.A., Stahl Lux2, Stichting Administratiekantor II, Stahl Groep II, Trief Corporation, Wendel Japan KK, Winvest Part BV, member of the Supervisory Board of Altineis, and Legal Manager of BG Invest, BJPG Conseil, SCI La République, La Cabane Saint-Gautier, BJPG Participations, BJPG Assets and Sweet Investment Ltd. 

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  • Anne-Marie Idrac

    Former Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Consultant

    Anne-Marie Idrac is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Vallourec, a director of Mediobanca, Total and Bouygues, a member of the Advisory Board of HEC and Vice-Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation. 

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  • Sylvia Jay

    Corporate Director

    Lady Jay, a British citizen, is also a director of Alcatel Lucent, Lazard Limited and Casino Group, Chairman of the Pilgrim Trust, and Trustee of the Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme and the Prison Reform Trust. 

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  • Pamela Knapp

    Member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer and HR Director of GfK SE

    Pamela Knapp, a German national, is also a member of the Supervisory Board and the Finance and Audit Committee of Peugeot S.A. and a member of the Board of Directors of Hostettler, Kramarsch & Partner Holding AG (HKP).

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  • Pascal Laï

    Director representing employees

    Pascal Laï has held a series of mandates: full member of the Saint-Gobain Sekurit France Works Council, full member of the Saint-Gobain Group Council, Group Coordinator and full member of the Convention for European Social Dialogue.

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  • Agnès Lemarchand

    Executive Chairman of Steetley Dolomite Limited

    Agnès Lemarchand is also a director of CGG, a member of the Supervisory Board of Areva and Siclae (representing Bpifrance), and an associate member of Conseil Économique, Social et Environnemental (CESE) in its economic activities section. 

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  • Frédéric Lemoine

    Chairman of the Management Board of Wendel

    Frédéric Lemoine is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Oranje-Nassau Groep BV, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Trief Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bureau Veritas. 

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  • Gérard Mestrallet

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF Suez

    Gérard Mestrallet is also a director of Pargesa Holding S.A. and Suez Environnement Company, a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG, Vice-Chairman of Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona and, within the GDF Suez Group, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDF Suez Energie Services, Electrabel and GDF Suez Energy Management Trading, Chairman of GDF Suez Rassembleurs d’Energies S.A.S., and a director of International Power. 

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  • Jacques Pestre

    Senior Vice-President Saint-Gobain Distribution Bâtiment France, in charge of POINT.P Matériaux de construction. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Saint-Gobain PEG France corporate mutual fund

    Jacques Pestre also holds the following positions within the Saint-Gobain Group: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BMSO, BMCE, SONEN and Docks de l’Oise, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comasud, Chairman of BMRA S.A.S., MBM S.A.S., Cibomat S.A.S., Boch Frères S.A.S., Dépôt Services Carrelages S.A.S. and Thuon S.A.S. and permanent representative of POINT.P Développement on the Board of Directors of Nouveaux Docks. 

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  • Olivia Qiu

    Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Philips Lighting Executive Vice-President of Philips

    Olivia Qiu does not hold any other directorships. 

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  • Denis Ranque

    Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus Group

    Denis Ranque is also a director of CMA-CMG, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ParisTech Foundation and Chairman of the AFEP-MEDEF’s High Committee on Corporate Governance (Haut Comité de Gouvernance d’Entreprise).  

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  • Gilles Schnepp

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legrand

    Gilles Schnepp is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President or a director or permanent representative of a corporate director of various Legrand Group subsidiaries. 

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  • Jean-Dominique Senard

    Chief Executive Officer of Michelin

    Jean-Dominique Senard does not hold any other directorships. 

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  • Philippe Varin

    Former Chairman of the Managing Board of Peugeot S.A.

    Philippe Varin is also a director of Faurecia S.A. and Chairman of Cercle de l’Industrie. 

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Board secretary:

  • Antoine VIGNIAL, Corporate Secretary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility

The following information was last updated on December 1, 2014.

COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

The Board of Directors is assisted by three committees, which it consults prior to making certain decisions. The committees submit their recommendations to the Board for deliberation.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS COMMITTEE 

Members

  • Jean-Dominique SENARD, Président
  • Agnès LEMARCHAND
  • Frédéric LEMOINE
  • Denis RANQUE

Duties of the Financial Statements Committee

Three of the four Committee members, including its Chairman, are independent directors. No executive directors sit on the Committee. By virtue of their current or past positions, the Committee members each have considerable experience and high-level expertise in financial and accounting matters.

Without encroaching on the role specifically vested in the Board of Directors, the Committee mainly oversees the following matters:

  • The processes used to prepare financial information.
  • The effectiveness of internal control and risk management systems.
  • The work performed by the Statutory Auditors on the financial statements of the Company and the Group.
  • The Statutory Auditors’ independence.

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APPOINTMENTS, COMPENSATION AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Members

  • Philippe VARIN, Président
  • Bernard GAUTIER
  • Anne-Marie IDRAC
  • Sylvia JAY

Three of the Committee’s four members, including the Chairman, are independent directors.

Duties of the Appointments, Compensation and Governance Committee 

As of end-February 2014, three of the Committee’s four members, including the Chairman, were independent directors. The Appointments, Compensation and Governance Committee fulfills the duties of both a nominations committee and a remuneration committee provided for in the AFEP-MEDEF code.

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STRATEGY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE

Members

  • Jean-Martin FOLZ, Président
  • Pierre-André de CHALENDAR
  • Frédéric LEMOINE

Duties of the Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

In accordance with the Board of Directors’ internal rules in force at end-February 2014, the Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee is responsible for examining and identifying improvements to the Group’s business plan, reviewing any strategic issues proposed by its members and ensuring that CSR issues are taken into account in defining the Group’s strategy.

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Bylaws

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DECISIONS OF THE BOARD

Board of Directors as of June 5, 2014