Board of directors and Committees

In accordance with French law, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain refers to and complies with the principles of corporate governance set out in the French AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code for listed companies.

The Board of Directors of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain is comprised of 17 members. Its decisions are made in light of the recommendations of three Board committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee, 
  • Nomination, Compensation and Governance Committee,
  • Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

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

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  • Isabelle Bouillot

    Chairman of China Equity Links

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

    Isabelle Bouillot  is also Chairman from CEL Partners Ltd (Hong Kong), Director from Yafei Dentistry Limited, Crystal Orange Hotel Holdings Limited and from JD Holding Inc.

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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 Axa. 

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  • Bernard Gautier

    Member of the Management Board of Wendel

    Bernard Gautier is also Chairman of Expansion 17 SA SICAR, of Global Performance 17 SA SICAR, of Winvest International SA SICAR, of Oranje-Nassau Développement SA SICAR, Management Council of CSP Technologies Sarl, Chairman of the Management Advisory Board of Winvest Conseil Sàrl, Legal Manager of Materis Parent and of Constantinople GmbH,  Director of IHS Holding Ltd., of Sofisamc,  of Stahl Holdings BV, of Stahl Group SA, of Stahl Lux2, of Stichting Administratickantor II Stahl Groep II, of Trief Corporation SA, of Wendel Japan KK and of Winvest Part BV. 

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  • Anne-Marie Idrac

    Former Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Consultant

    Anne-Marie Idrac is also a director of 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 Lazard Limited and Casino Group. 

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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, Nomniations, Compensation and Governance Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee of Peugeot S.A. and a member of the Board of Directors of HKP Group AG.

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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

    Corporate Director

    Agnès Lemarchand is a director of CGG, a member of the Supervisory Board of Vivescia (representing Bpifrance France Participations), and is also Director of Biomérieux and Chairman of Orchad SAS.

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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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  • 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., DECOCERAM and Thuon S.A.S.

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  • Olivia Qiu

    Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Philips Lighting Executive and 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 of Airbus Group and co-Chairman of La Fabrique de l’industrie,  and Director of Scilab Enterprises SAS. He is Chairman of the "Haut Comité du Gouvernement d’Entreprise" and Chairman of the Board of Directors of l’Ecole Polytechnique.

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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 is also Managing General Partner of Michelin.

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  • Philippe Varin

    Chairman of the Board of Directors of Areva

    Philippe Varin is also a director of EDF 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, 2015.

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

  • Jean-Dominique SENARD, Chairman
  • Pamela KNAPP
  • Agnès LEMARCHAND
  • Frédéric LEMOINE

Duties of the Audit and Risk 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 Audit and Risk 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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NOMINATION, COMPENSATION AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Members

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

Duties of the Nomination, Compensation and Governance Committee 

As of December 1, 2015, three of the Committee’s four members, including the Chairman, were independent directors. The Nomination, Compensation and Governance Committee fulfills the duties of both a nominations committee and a remuneration committee provided for in the French AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code for listed companies.

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STRATEGY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE

Members

  • Jean-Martin FOLZ, Chairman
  • 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-November 2015, 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 December 1, 2015.