Board of Directors
Implementing sound corporate governance principles has been a priority at ESI Group for many years. Both the Group's listing on the Paris Stock Exchange and its stepped-up international expansion are two tremendous accelerators of change in corporate governance.
The Board of Directors of ESI Group is comprised of 8 members, 4 of whom are independent, appointed by the General Shareholders Meeting. The Board of Directors determines the orientations of the Company’s business and oversees its implementation.
Dr Alain de Rouvray
Chairman and CEO since January 28, 1991
Chairman of the Strategic Committee, member of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee and member of the Technology and Marketing Committee.
Founder of ESI Group Company, Alain de Rouvray has been the General Manager since its creation. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1967), a degree from La Sorbonne (Economic sciences (1967), and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Berkeley (1971). Alain de Rouvray started his career as Research Engineer at Ecole Polytechnique (Solid Mechanics Laboratory) in 1972; he then became Director of the Advanced Mechanics Department for the international software subsidiary of CISI Group from 1972 to 1976. In 1973, he founded ESI SA and was the CEO and Commercial Director from 1973 to 1990.
Dr Jacques Dubois
Board member since January 28, 1991.
Graduated from the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris (1968) et holding a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California Berkeley (1972). He co-founded ESI SA in 1973, where he was Research Director from 1973 to 1990. He participated in the creation of ESI GmbH, ESI Group's German subsidiary, and ESI MW, the American subsidiary who was later renamed as ESI Corp and then ESI North America. From 1994 to 1998, he was COO in charge of inter-company Special Projects in pre-industrial Research and Development
Dr Vincent Chaillou
ESI Group Product Operations President & COO
Board member since July 1st, 2004. Member of the Strategic Committee and member of the Technology and Marketing Committee.
Vincent Chaillou holds a PhD in civil engineering from the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (1973) and an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique (1971). Before joining ESI Group in 1994, he was General Manager of the AEC business unit of Computervision for worldwide operations (which has now merged with PTC). During his 16 years with Computervision, he served several management positions in sales, marketing and general management, specifically of Asia-Pacific. From 1994-1998, he was Regional Vice-President for the American territory within ESI Group, and since May 2004 President and CEO of ESI Software India and ESI US R&D.
Dr Cristel de Rouvray
Board member, since July 8, 1999.
Chaiwoman of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee and member of the Strategic Committee.
Graduated from Stanford University, she holds a PhD in Economy from London School of Economics. She joined College Track in Oakland, California to be their Director of Program Evaluation in October 2005.
Mr Charles Helen des Isnards
Independent board member, since April 14, 2008.
Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Strategic Committee and member of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee.
After an international carrier within the BUE, the UBAF and the CIC Group, in France and in Italy, Charles-Helen des Isnards contributed to the creation of CIC Finance as member of the Board. As Senior Advisor, he is now in charge of mergers and acquisitions in this subsidiary of the CM-CIC Group. He graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) and has a degree in law.
Mr Francis Bernard
Independent board member, since November 16, 2007
Chairman of the Technology and Marketing Committee, member of the Strategic Committee and member of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee.
Co-founder of Dassault Systèmes, a group he spent over 25 years with and within which he was notably leading the much successful CATIA development and the implementation of the commercial partnership with IBM, Francis Bernard is a recognised expert in aeronautics.
He was CEO of ParallelGraphics, a start-up that is already benefiting from substantial renown in the aeronautical industry thanks to its 3D web centric solutions for product maintenance support.
Mr Eric d’Hotelans
Independent board member since December 5, 2008.
Member of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee
A graduate in economic sciences, Eric d’Hotelans began his career with Olivetti, spent nine years with Matra Informatique and ten with Tandem, where he was the director of the Emea Finance Business Unit. In 1998, he decided to join CMG, one of the oldest European IT Services companies, as a member of the executive committee, where he created CMG France, the group’s French subsidiary, of which he became the chairman. Eric d’Hotelans left the CMG group in 2003, following its acquisition by UK group Logica. He then participated in the development of an investment fund based in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), specialising in the research and analysis of IT-related activities.
Since November 2003, Eric d’Hotelans has been Deputy Chairman of M6 group’s board of Directors, in charge of management.
Mr Michel Barbier de La Serre
Independent board member, since June 30, 2005
Member of the Audit Committee
Graduated from IEP Paris and ENA, he has a Master of Science in Economics. He is Chairman & CEO of ALUTHEA SA, holding of a group of aluminium casting companies.