Board of directors and Committees

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain refers to the corporate governance code for French listed companies published by AFEP and MEDEF. Compagnie de Saint-Gobain's practices comply with all of the recommendations contained in this code.

The Board of Directors of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain is comprised of 14 members including 55% of women and 82% of independent board members. In accordance with the AFEP MEDEF code and the Commercial Code, employee directors and directors representing employee shareholders are not taken into account in this calculation. Its decisions are made in light of the recommendations of three Board committees:

  • the Audit and Risk Committee, 
  • the Nomination and Remuneration Committee,
  • the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

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

At its meeting on November 24, 2016, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain’s Board of Directors decided to create the position of Lead Independent Director (Administrateur Référent), which is taken on since the Annual General Meeting held on June 6, 2024 by Jean-François Cirelli, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since the same date and an independent Director since 2020.

Benoit Bazin

Benoit Bazin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain
Director

Benoit Bazin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain
Director

After studying in France and in the United States, and spending four years at the Interministerial Committee for Industrial Restructuring (ICIR) and the Treasury Department within the French Ministry of Finance, Benoit Bazin joined Saint-Gobain in 1999. He held various positions in France, including Corporate Planning Director from 2000 to 2002 and, starting in 2002, in the United States – in a general management role within High-Performance Materials, before taking the Chief Financial Officer role of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 2005. From 2009 to the end of 2015, Benoit Bazin headed the Building Distribution Sector. In 2010, he was named Senior Vice President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain. From 2016 to the end of 2018, Benoit Bazin headed the Construction Products Sector. During 2017, he was President and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation in the United States. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain on January 1, 2019 and elected to the Board on June 3, 2021. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer as from July 1, 2021. He becomes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain at the close of the General Meeting of June 6, 2024.

In addition, Benoit Bazin was appointed as Director of Vinci on June 18, 2020; and is, as such, Chairman of the Strategy and CSR Committee and member of the Nomination and Governance Committee. He was also a Director and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Essilor between 2009 and 2017, chairing the Audit and Risk Committee from May 2016 to March 2017. He is also Director of the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine.

Sophie Brechu

Sophie Brochu

Independent Director
Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Sophie Brochu

Independent Director
Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Sophie Brochu, a Canadian citizen, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec from 2020 to 2023. She is also a director, member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Chair of the Human Resources Committee of CGI and Director, member of the Human Resources Committee and of the Audit Committee of CAE since 2023. 

Jean-François Cirelli

Jean-François Cirelli

Independent Director
Vice Chairman of the Board
Lead Independant Director
Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Jean-François Cirelli

Independent Director
Vice Chairman of the Board
Lead Independant Director
Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Jean-François Cirelli was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz de France between 2004 and 2008 and then Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) from 2008 to 2014. 

He is Chairman of BlackRock France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Jean-François Cirelli is also Senior Advisor to Advent International, a member of the Supervisory Board of Idemia, a member of the Supervisory Committee, the Advisory Committee and the Appointments and Remuneration Committee of Saur and a director of MET Holding AG (Switzerland). 

Director as an individual, and not as a BlackRock representative, Mr. Jean-François Cirelli does not represent BlackRock on the Board of Directors.

In addition, BlackRock has appointed a third party to exercise the voting rights attached to its Saint-Gobain shares.

Lydie Cortes

Lydie Cortes

Employee Director
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Lydie Cortes

Employee Director
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Lydie Cortes was titular member of the Works Council, Personnel Representative, member of the Hygiene, Health and Safety Committee of Weber and Central Union Delegate for the CFDT.

She was titular member of the Group Committee and Secretary of the European Convention and of the Select Committee of Saint-Gobain.

Sibylle Daunis Opfermann

Sibylle Daunis Opfermann

Director representing employee shareholders

Sibylle Daunis Opfermann

Director representing employee shareholders

Ms. Sibylle Daunis Opfermann was CEO of PUM from September 2016 to February 2024. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of PUMla Plateforme du Batiment.

Thierry Delaporte

Thierry Delaporte

Independent Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Thierry Delaporte

Independent Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Thierry Delaporte was Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini Group between 2017 and 2020 and Chief executive officer of Wipro Limited, leader in information technology, a Bangalore-based company (India) listed on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) and BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) from June 2020 to April 2024. 

Pamela Knapp

Pamela Knapp

Independent Director
Chairwoman of the Audit and Risk Committee

Pamela Knapp

Independent Director
Chairwoman of the Audit and Risk Committee

German national, Pamela Knapp held several positions within the Siemens Group from 1992 to 2009, including Board member and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Siemens SA, Belgium and Luxembourg from 1998 to 2000, Director of the Siemens Group’s central Corporate Development Executives Department from 2000 to 2004 and Board member and Chief Financial Officer of the Power Transmission and Distribution Division of the Siemens Group, until 2009. 

She is also a member of the Supervisory Board and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Signify N.V. (the Netherlands) and member of the Supervisory Board and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Lanxess AG (Germany) and Member of the Supervisory Board, Chairwoman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee of Douglas AG (Germany).

 
Agnès Lemarchand

Agnès Lemarchand

Independent Director
Chairwoman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Agnès Lemarchand

Independent Director
Chairwoman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Agnès Lemarchand was Chief Executive Officer of Industrie Biologique Française (IBF). She created IBF Biotechnics, a subsidiary of the Rhône-Poulenc Group and the Institut Mérieux, in the United States in 1987, of which she was appointed Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer. She has also held several positions within the Lagarge group between 1997 and 2004. 

Agnès Lemarchand is also Director and member of the Strategic Committee of Golocal and Senior Advisor of France Startups Océans.

Dominique Leroy

Dominique Leroy

Independent Director
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Dominique Leroy

Independent Director
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Belgian national, Dominique Leroy held various positions at Unilever Belgium and Benelux. She is a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom AG and CEO for Europe.

Dominique Leroy is also a member of the Board of Directors of T-Mobile USA and the Nomination and Governance Committee of T-Mobile USA (United-States) and OTE (Greece), both companies being controlled by Deutsche Telekom AG and Senior Advisor d'Apheon Capital.

Jana Revedin

Jana Revedin

Independent Director
Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Jana Revedin

Independent Director
Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

German national, Jana Revedin is an architect with a PhD in architectural and urban sciences, and full professor of architecture and urbanism at ESA (École Spéciale d’Architecture) in Paris.

She is an expert in sustainable architecture and urbanism. She is a member of the ENSAL-LAURE research laboratory "Environment, City, Society" of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and the author of reference works on sustainable architecture and cities. 

Geoffroy Roux De Bézieux

Geoffroy Roux De Bézieux

Independent Director
Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Geoffroy Roux De Bézieux

Independent Director
Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux is an entrepreneur and business leader who has been involved in associations serving businesses and then held senior positions at Medef, the largest French employer Federation (Mouvement des Entreprises de France) before becoming its Chairman from July 2018 to July 2023. He was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Stellantis (formerly Groupe PSA) between 2007 and 2019, then Lead Director and Vice-Chairman between 2015 and 2019.

Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee of Parrot, and a member of the Board of Directors of Bureau Veritas. 

Gilles Schnepp

Gilles Schnepp

Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Gilles Schnepp

Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Gilles Schnepp has held various positions within the Legrand group, including that of Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (2004), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (2006) and then Chairman of the Board of Directors between 2018 and 2020. 

He is director of Socotec, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Danone and member of its Audit Committee and Director, Chairman of the Nomination, Governance and CSR Committee and member of the Strategic Thinking Committee of Sanofi. 

Philippe Thibaudet

Philippe Thibaudet

Employee Director
Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Philippe Thibaudet

Employee Director
Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Philippe Thibaudet was Secretary of the CHSCT, Vice-Secretary of the Works Council and Union Delegate for the CGT.

In addition, he was titular member and Vice-Secretary of the Central Enterprise Committee, Central Union Delegate of SG Isover, and titular member of the Group Committee.

He has also held coordination and animation missions for the Glass Division at the Glass Federation. Lastly, he is also alternate representative of the Central Enterprise Committee at the ISOVER Board of Directors.

Hélène de Tissot

Hélène de Tissot

Independent Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Hélène de Tissot

Independent Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Hélène de Tissot has held various positions within the Pernod Ricard Group since 2002. She is also currently Executive Vice-President Finance and IT and Member of the Pernod Ricard Group Executive Committee.

Board secretary:

  • Antoine VIGNIAL, Corporate Secretary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain.

The following information was last updated on June 6, 2024.

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.

AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE 

Members

  • Pamela KNAPP, Chairwoman
  • Thierry DELAPORTE 
  • Gilles SCHNEPP
  • Hélène de TISSOT

Duties of the Audit and Risk Committee

The Committee is composed of 75% independent Directors, including its Chairwoman. 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 and extra-financial accounting 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.

Find out more in the Universal Registration Document

NOMINATION AND REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

Members

  • Jean-François CIRELLI, Chairman
  • Lydie CORTES
  • Dominique LEROY
  • Geoffroy ROUX DE BEZIEUX

Duties of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee  

The Nomination and Remuneration Committee fulfills the duties of both a nomination committee and a remuneration committee provided for in the AFEP-MEDEF code.

Two Committee members, including its Chairman, are independent Directors. Lydie CORTES, Director representing employees, is also a member of the Committee, in accordance with the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF code.
 

Find out more in the Universal Registration Document

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE

Members

  • Agnès LEMARCHAND, Chairwoman
  • Sophie BROCHU 
  • Philippe THIBAUDET
  • Jana REVEDIN

Duties of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee is responsible for ensuring that CSR issues are taken into account in defining the Group’s strategy and its implementation.

Find out more in the Universal Registration Document

Bylaws

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DECISIONS OF THE BOARD

Board of Directors as of June 6, 2024.

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