The Saint-Gobain management team is responsible for leading the Group’s operations. Under the chairmanship of Pierre-André de Chalendar, the team makes strategic decisions based on the objectives defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Pierre-André de CHALENDAR

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Pierre-André de Chalendar is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and École Nationale d'Administration.  A former civil servant (Inspecteur des Finances), he served as deputy to the Director General for Energy and Raw Materials within the French Ministry of Industry. 

    Mr. de Chalendar joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 1989 as Vice-President, Corporate Planning. He was subsequently Vice-President of the Abrasives business in Europe (1992-1996), President of the Abrasives business worldwide (1996-2000) and General Delegate for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (2000-2002) before being appointed Senior Vice-President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in charge of the Building Distribution Sector in 2003. 

    Appointed Chief Operating Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 2005 and elected to the Board in 2006, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

    Pierre-André de Chalendar is also a director of BNP Paribas, and has chaired Entreprises pour l’Environnement from 2012 to 2015.
    He directly supervises the Innovative Materials Sector from Saint-Gobain since October 29, 2015.

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  • Claude IMAUVEN

    Chief Operating Officer

    Claude Imauven is a graduate of École Polytechnique and  "Ingénieur au corps des mines." He began his career in 1983 at the French Ministry of Industry, where he held several management positions in public administration, especially as part of the Minister's staff (Foreign Trade and Industry).

    His career at Saint-Gobain began in 1993 within the Flat Glass Division, where he was  Vice President of Industrial Policy and later VP Industry and Finance. In 1996, he was appointed General Delegate for Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Returning to France in 1999, he joined the Pipe Activity as Chief Operating Officer of Pont-à-Mousson SA. In 2001, he became Chairman & CEO of that company and President of the Pipe Activity.

    From April 2004 until December 2015, Claude Imauven held the position of Senior Vice President of Saint-Gobain and President of the Construction Products Sector.
    Claude Imauven has been Chief Operating Officer since January 1, 2016. In particular, he oversees Innovation, the Digital Transformation of the Group, Operational Excellence and International Development.

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  • Benoit BAZIN

    Senior Vice-President in charge of the Construction Products Sector

    Benoit Bazin is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, with a degree in Economics from IEP Paris. He also holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He began his career in 1995 with the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance, as rapporteur to the Interministerial Committee on Industrial Restructuring, before moving to the Treasury Department where he was responsible for State investments in the aeronautics, electronics and defense industries.

    He joined Saint-Gobain in 1999 as Corporate Planning Director for the Abrasives business, moving on to become Vice President, Corporate Planning for Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in September of the following year. In 2002, he was appointed President of the North American Abrasives business in charge of the Bonded Abrasives business unit. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Group.

    Benoit Bazin from 2009 to end of 2015 has been President of the Building Distribution Sector and a Senior-Vice President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain since 2010.

    Benoit Bazin since january 2016 is President of the Construction Products Sector.

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  • John CROWE

    Senior Vice-President, General Delegate for North America, President and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation

    John Crowe holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York) and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston College. He began his career in 1978 at Norton Company, which was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1990, as a Process Engineer in the materials business. Over the years, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, financial management, business development, marketing and sales, as well as general management positions in Saint-Gobain's Abrasives, Advanced Ceramics, Crystals and Performance Plastics businesses. He was appointed President of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in 2004 and of Saint-Gobain Abrasives in 2008. 

    Since 2011, Mr. Crowe has been General Delegate for North America and President and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation, Saint-Gobain’s largest North American subsidiary. In 2013, he was promoted Senior Vice-President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and a member of Saint-Gobain’s World Management Committee, in addition to his other responsibilities.

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  • KÅRE O. MALO

    Senior Vice-President in charge of the Building Distribution Sector

    Kåre O. Malo is a graduate of Oslo Business School (BI). In 1981, he started as marketing director in Dahl Norway. In 1990, he was appointed senior Vice President for Dahl group in Stockholm.

    Kåre O. Malo has been President of the Building Distribution Sector in Nordic countries, Baltic states and Switzerland since 2006 until the end of 2015. He was also Director Procurement and Marketing for the Building Distribution Sector.

    Since January 1st, 2016 he is President of the Building Distribution Sector and since March 1st, 2016 is Senior Vice-President in charge of the Building Distribution Sector.

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  • Claire PEDINI

    Senior Vice-President in charge of Human Resources

    Claire Pedini is a graduate of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). She started her career at Total in 1988 as Corporate Controller, before assuming responsibility for Total’s admission to trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1991, and becoming Vice-President of Investor Relations in 1992, Vice-President of Media Relations in 1994 and Vice-President of New Information Technologies in 1997. In 1998, she joined Alcatel as Director of Financial Information and Shareholder Relations, becoming successively Vice-President, Investor Relations and Public Affairs in 2001, Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2004, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications in 2006, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Real Estate in 2007 and Executive Vice-President, Alcatel-Lucent for Human Resources and Transformation in 2009. She became a member of the Alcatel-Lucent Executive Committee in 2006.

    Since June 2010, Claire Pedini has served as Senior Vice-President in charge of Human Resources for the Saint-Gobain Group. She is also a director on the Board of Arkema.

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  • Jean-François PHELIZON

    Senior Vice-President in charge of Internal Audit and Internal Control

    Jean-François Phélizon is a graduate of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Business School and holds a PhD in Economics. 

    He has worked for many years at Saint-Gobain, becoming successively Chief Financial Officer of the General Delegation in Spain in 1983, Chief Financial Officer of the Paper-Wood business in 1985, Chief Executive Officer of Lembacel in 1987, CEO of La Cellulose du Pin in 1988, Chief Financial Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 1989, Senior Vice-President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 1998, CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp and General Delegate for the United States and Canada in 2000, and Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer in 2007. 

    Jean-François Phélizon has been President of Internal Audit and Internal Control since 2008. 

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  • GUILLAUME TEXIER

    Chief Financial Officer

    Guillaume Texier is chief financial officer since January 1st 2016. 

    He joined Saint-Gobain in 2005 as Vice President of Corporate Planning for Saint-Gobain in Paris.  He was subsequently General Manager, CertainTeed Gypsum Canada, President of CertainTeed Roofing (based in the US) and President of the Ceramic Materials activity worldwide.

    Before joining Saint-Gobain, Texier held several positions of responsibility with the French government, including Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Advisor to the Minister of Industry.

    Guillaume Texier is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and from Paris School of Mines.

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  • Antoine VIGNIAL

    Corporate Secretary in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Antoine Vignial, a qualified lawyer, is a graduate of IEP Paris and ESSEC Business School with a post-graduate degree in private law from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He began his career as a lawyer and then partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel before becoming a partner of the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer law firm in 1999.

    He joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 2012 as Corporate Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. He has been in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility since 2013.

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  • Patrick DUPIN

    President, Flat Glass Activity (Innovative Materials Sector*)

    Patrick Dupin is a graduate of Ecole de Commerce du Havre Normandie. After spending several years as a consultant at Coopers & Lybrand (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and eight years in Finance in subsidiaries and divisions of Chargeurs and MatraTelecommunications in Germany, he joined the Saint-Gobain Group in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer for the Abrasives Activity in Germany.

    In 2005, he was appointed Vice-President of Finance and Planning for the Flat Glass and High Performance Materials Activities, then for the Innovative Materials Sector as a whole. In January 2012, he became Chief Executive Officer of Sekurit Automotive Glazing within the Innovative Materials Sector. He has been President of the Flat Glass Activity since February 2014.

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  • Laurent GUILLOT

    President, High Performance Materials Sector (Innovative Materials Sector*)

    Laurent Guillot is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, with a post-graduate degree in Macroeconomics from Université Paris I. He began his career with the Finance Ministry, initially in charge of Energy in the Forecasting Department, then in charge of Central Africa within the Treasury Department’s International Division. In 1999, he was appointed technical advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, first on maritime issues and then on budgetary, financial and industrial issues.

    He joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 2002 as Vice-President, Corporate Planning. He was appointed Vice-President of Construction Abrasives in 2004, becoming Vice-President of High-Performance Refractories and Diesel Particulate Filters the following year. In 2007, he was appointed General Delegate for Brazil, Argentina and Chile. 

    Laurent Guillot has been the Group’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to the end 2015.

    Laurent Guillot since January 2016 is in charge of the High Performance Materials Sector and directly oversees the Ceramic Materials Activity.

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  • Fabrice DIDIER

    Vice-President, Marketing

    Fabrice Didier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1995 and has a PhD in Solid State Physics.  He has spent his entire career in the Saint-Gobain Group, occupying a range of positions in R&D and then in production management within the Glass division.

    He was Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Glass in Germany before being appointed General Manager of the Group’s Solar business.

    Fabrice Didier took up his current role of Chief Marketing Officer of the Group in August 2014.

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  • Delphine GENY-STEPHANN

    Vice-President, Corporate Planning & Strategy

    Delphine Gény-Stephann graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and from Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris. In 1994 she joins the French Ministry of Economy & Finance, working at the Treasury Directorate General, International Affairs Department, then she is Head of Division at the State Holdings Agency (Agence des Participations de l’Etat).

    Delphine Gény-Stephann joins Saint-Gobain in 2005 as Development, Mergers & Acquisitions Director of the High Performance Materials Sector. In 2009, she is Financial Director for the Ceramic Materials Activity then, in 2013, External Venturing Director and Mergers & Acquisitions Manager for the Innovative Materials Pole until October 2014, when she joins the Compagnie de Saint-Gobain to be Vice-President, Corporate Planning & Strategy.

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  • Charles HUFNAGEL

    Vice-President, Communications

    Charles Hufnagel is Communications VP for Saint-Gobain since January 1st, 2016. He is member of the General Management Committee.

    Charles Hufnagel graduated from IEP Paris and holds a history degree. He has held a number of communications positions in his career, notably as press officer for EDF (1998/2001), media department head then deputy Corporate Communications VP for Areva (2001/2008) and communications advisor to Mr. Alain Juppé, Defence Minister

    then European and Foreign Affairs Minister (2010/2012). He was also Managing Director of Areva in Abu Dhabi then in South Korea between 2008 and 2010. Since 2012, he was Communications VP for Areva.

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  • Benoît D'IRIBARNE

    General Delegate in Germany, Austria and Benelux, coordinating the Industrial Excellence programs, including WCM

    Benoît d’Iribarne holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

    He joined the Group in 1985 as R&D Engineer for Saint-Gobain Recherche Paris. In 1987, he joined Sekurit in Herzogenrath, Germany as Development Engineer. He was appointed Key Account Manager in the United Kingdom in 1989, Production Manager at Sekurit Belgium in 1992 and then Chief Executive Officer of Sekurit NFG in Germany in 1995. 

    In 1997, he was appointed Vice-President of Manufacturing at Saint-Gobain Glass, after which he was appointed President of Saint-Gobain Glass Outside Europe in 2000 and of Saint-Gobain Glass in 2005. In 2008, he became President of Saint-Gobain Glass and Sekurit.

    In 2012, Benoît d’Iribarne was appointed General Delegate for Brazil, Argentina and Chile and from July 2014 to end of 2015, he has served as President of the High Performance Materials Activity.

    Since January 1st, 2016 he is General Delegate in Germany, Austria and Benelux and also coordinate for the Group the Industrial Excellence programs, including WCM. 

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  • Didier ROUX

    Vice-President, Research & Development and Innovation

    Didier Roux was born in 1955, former student of the “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud”, he has been a member of the CNRS from 1980 to 2005. He is recipient of numerous awards and honors. He holds the silver and the Innovation medal of the CNRS. He creates two start-up in 1994 and 1998, he was Deputy Scientific Director of Rhone Poulenc and Rhodia between 1997 and 2005. He is from June 1, 2005 R & D and Innovation Vice President of Saint Gobain. He is a member of the Institut de France (“Académie des Sciences”) and member of the “Académie des Technologies”.

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CORPORATE DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT

  • Charles Hufnagel, Vice-President, Communications
  • Fabrice Didier, Vice-President, Marketing
  • Delphine Geny-Stephann, Vice-President, Corporate Planning
  • Didier Roux, Vice-President, Research & Development and Innovation

SECTOR MANAGEMENT

  • Patrick Dupin, President, Flat Glass Activity (Innovative Materials Sector)
  • Laurent Guillot, President, High Performance Materials Activity (Innovative Materials Sector)
  • Benoit Bazin, President, Construction Products Sector
  • Kåre O. Malo, President, Building Distribution Sector

GENERAL DELEGATES

  • David Anderson, General Delegate for Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Dominique Azam, General Delegate for Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
  • Mike Chaldecott, General Delegate for the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • John Crowe, General Delegate for North America
  • Benoit d’Iribarne, General Delegate in Germany, Austria and Benelux, coordinating for the Group the Industrial Excellence programs, including WCM
  • Thierry Fournier, General Delegate for Brazil, Argentina and Chile
  • Javier Gimeno, General Delegate for the Asia-Pacific region
  • Thierry Lambert, General Delegate for the Nordic Countries and Baltic States
  • Anand Mahajan, General Delegate for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • François-Xavier Moser, General Delegate for Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey
  • Hady Nassif, General Delegate for the Middle-East
  • Erwan Dupuy, General Delegate for Russia, Ukraine and the C.I.S.
  • Tomáš Rosák, General Delegate for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Eastern Adriatic countries
  • Gianni Scotti, General Delegate Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya)

SAINT-GOBAIN GROUP COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Claude Imauven, Chief Operating Officer
  • Claire Pedini, Senior Vice-President in charge of Human Resources
  • Guillaume Texier, Chief Financial Officer
  • Antoine Vignial, Corporate Secretary in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility

The Executive Committee meets once a week.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Claude Imauven, Chief Operating Officer
  • Benoit Bazin, Senior Vice-President in charge of the Construction Products Sector
  • John Crowe, Senior Vice-President, General Delegate for North America
  • Kåre O. Malo, Senior Vice-President in charge of the Building Distribution Sector
  • Claire Pedini, Senior Vice-President in charge of Human Resources
  • Jean-François Phélizon, Senior Vice-President in charge of Internal Audit and Internal Control
  • Guillaume Texier, Chief Financial Officer
  • Antoine Vignial, Corporate Secretary in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Patrick Dupin, President, Flat Glass Activity (Innovative Materials Sector*)
  • Laurent Guillot, President, High Performance Materials Activity (Innovative Materials Sector*)
  • Fabrice Didier, Vice-President, Group Marketing
  • Delphine Geny-Stephann, Vice-President, Corporate Planning
  • Charles Hufnagel, Vice-President, Communications
  • Benoit d’Iribarne, General Delegate in Germany, Austria and Benelux, coordinating for the Group the Industrial Excellence programs, including WCM
  • Didier Roux, Vice-President, Research & Development and Innovation

* Pierre-André de Chalendar supervises the innovative Materials Sector

The Senior Management Committee meets once a month.

LIAISON COMMITTEE

  • Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • The members of the Senior Management Committee

  • The General Delegates

  • The heads of the following businesses: Sekurit International (Houchan Shoeibi), Building Glass Europe (Jean-Marie Vaissaire), Abrasives (Patrick Millot), Ceramic Materials (Laurent GUILLOT), Performance Plastics (Thomas Kinisky), Saint-Gobain Adfors (Raimund Heinl), Pipe systems (Gustavo Vianna), Gypsum and Insulation (Claude-Alain Tardy), Industrial Mortars (Jean-Luc Gardaz), Saint-Gobain Distribution Bâtiment France (Patrice Richard), Lapeyre (Gonzague de Pirey), SGBD UK & Ireland (Mark Rayfield), SGBD Deutschland (Udo Brandt), SGBD Nordics (David Molho)
  • Vice-President, Information Systems and Group Purchasing (Frédéric Verger)
  • Vice-President, Sustainable Development (Emmanuel Normant)

The Liaison Committee meets three times a year.

Senior Management as of September 1st, 2016.

Photos copyrights : ©Jean Chiscano.