EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT OPERATIONS & CFO
Olfa has almost 20 years of experience in international management roles; both financial and operational. Most recently with MetaPack, a London-based SaaS business and a global leader in e-commerce delivery management systems, she was in the past two years overseeing all the financial reporting for the company. Prior to this, Olfa was CFO, then Chief Operating Officer (COO), at VentureBeat in San Francisco, USA, the leading source for news & research on technology innovation. There she played a key role in a business model shift (subscription vs advertising revenues) that led to an exponential growth period. Her focus during those years, was to introduce agile practices and transform internal business processes. Among other positions, she spent 3 years with Ventadis, an independent multi-channel retail group (M6 Group) and 7 years with the Vivendi Group where she held various positions in finance and M&A. Olfa started her career at Societe Generale in M&A.
Olfa holds a Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris, an international business school, and has developed a broad experience, as a transformational and data-driven manager, in e-commerce & Media and in SaaS enabler technology businesses.
EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT SALES
Francis Griffiths is a long-standing executive with more than thirty years of experience in the realms of business and technology. He has a long history of success in the global marketplace with technical and scientific software solutions and has experience with the type of transformation we are driving at ESI. He brings to ESI an impressive track record of growth in Test & Measurement, Simulation and Industrial Automation in various industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Heavy Machinery, Communications, Energy, and Electronics. Prior to joining ESI, Francis held several roles within NI (NATI: NASDAQ) for 29 years, among them European Vice President of Sales and Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Field Marketing and Operations. More recently he founded Maiple, a start-up company focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning solutions in manufacturing and sustainable energy.
Francis holds a BEng (Hons) degree from Cardiff University in Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (FIET). He was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Cardiff University in 2019. Francis sits on the advisory board of FLEXIS (Smart Energy Systems Project) and is an advisor on the Cardiff University Strategic Oversight Board. He served as non-executive director of VERV, makers of the Home Energy Assistant.
EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT PRODUCT, INNOVATION & INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS
Emmanuel Leroy is EVP Product, Innovation & Industry Solutions at ESI Group, in charge of the industry strategy, the product strategy & roadmap, the go-to-market, and Innovation. He joined the Group in April 2020. Over the last decade, Emmanuel held different positions of increasing responsibility in the automotive industry at BMW, PSA, and Gestamp. At Gestamp, after serving as CAE/product team leader, he became the leader of the Paris R&D center in 2014, focusing on vehicle light-weighting and safety through BIW co-development. This approach was very successful and the following year he was asked to expand this competence globally (Europe, Japan, India, USA, and China). In 2017, he was appointed Global Co-development Director.
Emmanuel graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the Ecole des Mines de Paris with a double MSc. in mechanical engineering and materials sciences.
Yannick, 46, joined ESI Group in 2020 as Corporate HR Director France & Headquarters. Previously, he was Director of Human Resources for one of the largest subsidiaries of SAS, an American software publisher specializing in data analysis, employing nearly 14,000 people. In a highly international context, he contributed to accompany the phases of its transformation into a global company and obtained several labels acknowledging the good practices implemented with this company in terms of human resources.
Yannick Charron holds a DEA (Degree of in-Depth Studies) in Business Law from the Paris Cergy University (France). He began his career as a corporate lawyer, before moving into the human resources field, where he explored many aspects as his career evolved.
SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT GENERAL SECRETARY & GOVERNANCE
Corinne Romefort-Régnier is Corporate Governance and oversees all practices and principles that guide ESI business and ensures its accountability to its stakeholders and facilitates the flow of information. In her role, she is also the secretary of the Board of directors and the Group Executive Committee.
She holds a Master in corporate communication from La Sorbonne - Paris and a Master in economics from Dauphine – Paris. Prior to joining ESI in 1991, she spent some years in Polaroid company, in charge of marketing and communication for the Export Operations.