Executive Committee

The Executive Committee reviews and authorizes material concerning operating contracts under negotiation in France and in international markets, and related capital projects. It does the same for proposed company acquisitions or divestments, strategic partnerships and acquisitions of contract or business portfolios.

Each month, the Committee reviews the Group’s operational and marketing performance and discusses the information derived from division-level performance reviews. It initiates and oversees cross-functional programs involving the sales and marketing, human resources, finance, budget control and purchasing functions, and programs to optimize productivity and the cost base.

The Group Executive Committee comprises the following members:

  • Philippe Salle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Cyril Capliez, Group Senior Vice-President in charge of Strategy, Development, Innovation and Public Affairs
  • Olivier Dubois, Chief Financial Officer
  • Pedro Fontana, Group Deputy CEO and CEO of Concession Catering Worldwide
  • Brian Poplin, President and CEO Elior North America
  • Nicolas Wertans, CEO of Elior France

Philippe Salle

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Philippe Salle is a graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Paris and obtained an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (Chicago, USA). He began his career at Total in Indonesia before joining Accenture in 1990. He moved to McKinsey in 1995, where he was promoted to Senior Manager in 1998. He joined the Vedior Group (now Randstad, a company listed on Amsterdam Euronext) in 1999 and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vedior France in 2002, and President of the Southern Europe zone in 2006 (France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland). He held this position until 2007, when he joined the Geoservices group (now Schlumberger, a company listed on the New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Zurich stock exchanges), a technological company in the oil sector operating in 52 countries with nearly 7,000 employees, first as Managing Director then as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer up to March 2011. Philippe Salle was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Altran group, the world leader in innovation consulting, since June 2011. He was appointed Chairman of the Elior's Board of Directors on March 10, 2015, and is Chairman and CEO of the Group since April 29, 2015.

Philippe Salle is a member of the Board of Directors of Banque Transatlantique since 2010, a member of the Board of Directors of GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) since February 2014 and a member of the Board of Directors of Bourbon since May 2014. He is Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Knight of the French Legion of Honour. He is also Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Cyril Capliez

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Cyril Capliez graduated from HEC Paris in 1993, and began his career at Ernst & Young as a Project Manager. In 2002, he became advisor to the French Minister for Trade and Consumption, until 2007. At the same time, he also worked as advisor in charge of State modernization from 2004 to 2005, with the French Minister of the Civil Service and State Reform. In 2007, he joined the METRO group, first as Director of Public Affairs, before being appointed Strategy and Business Projects director for Southern Europe region. He has also lectured in Management and Economics at Paris-Dauphine University. He joined the Elior Group in June 2016 as Group Senior Vice-President in charge of Strategy, Development, Innovation and Public Affairs. He is also Vice-President and Treasurer of Food Service Europe, the organization representing the interests of European contract catering sector, as well as an elected member of the Paris Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce, where he serves on the finance committee and on the regional economic development studies committee, and an elected member of the teaching board at the Ferrandi school.

Olivier Dubois

Olivier Dubois is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and Sciences Po Paris. Between 1980 and 1991, Olivier worked at Paribas bank, holding a number of different managerial positions before being appointed a senior banking executive (Fondé de Pouvoirs). In 1991 he joined the SPIE group, where he successively served as Director of Strategy, Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Control and Strategy, CFO and Deputy Chief Executive Officer serving on the Board of Directors. Subsequently, he became a member of the Management Board of Technip in 2002 as Technip’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he held until 2008. He went on to become Deputy CEO at Theolia and then Group CFO at CMA CGM. Prior to joining the Elior group, he took on the post of Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal in 2012. Olivier Dubois has been Elior Group's CFO since 2013.

Pedro Fontana

Pedro Fontana is an MBA graduate from Harvard University. He has spent his working life in banking, as Chairman of Banca Catalana from 1994 to 1999 and CEO Cataluña for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya until 2009. Alongside his professional career, he has also been President of the Círculo de Economía y del Patronato of the ESADE Foundation. He is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Fira de Barcelona, the Zeta Group and Tyrus Capital, a member of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and member of the Board of Ramon Llull University. He joined Áreas in 1998, first as a board member and then as Vice-Chairman from 2001. In 2012, he was appointed as Executive Chairman. Pedro Fontana has been CEO of Concession Catering Worldwide for Elior Group since August 2015. He was also appointed Group Deputy CEO on July 26, 2017.

Brian Poplin

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Brian Poplin obtained a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1996, a Master of Science in business management in 1998 and a Doctorate in health administration and policy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2010. He started his career in 1990 in the United States Air Force. He joined ServiceMaster in 1994 and became a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician. After ServiceMaster was acquired by Aramark in 2001, he moved into a series of corporate roles and became the leader in 2009 and the President of Aramark’s Healthcare Technologies business in 2011. In 2013, Brian Poplin joined Medical Staffing Network as President and CEO. Since April 2015, Brian is President and CEO of TrustHouse Services Group, the American contract catering subsidiary of the Group which became Elior North America in May 2016. 

Nicolas Wertans

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Nicolas Wertans graduated from Parisian engineering school Supelec in 1991, and obtained an MBA from the Insead business school in 1994. In 1991, he joined Cegelec as an electrical infrastructure engineer before moving, in 1994, to Ford Motor Company where he subsequently became CEO of Ford Motor Company Switzerland, in 2000, and then CEO of Ford Motor Company France, in 2004. The following year, he moved to BMW Group to take up the position of Group Vice-President in charge of company and direct sales, and then became Chairman of the Board of BMW Group France and Vice-President of BMW AG in 2006. Three years later, he was appointed Senior Vice-President and Director of International Operations at PSA, before going on to become Vice-President of the Group in charge of Business Development for Asia in 2010. In 2011, he became CEO of MAG, an automobile distribution group he co-founded, and, in 2014, was appointed Senior Vice-President Global Sales for Renault and Dacia and became a member of the Executive Committee headed by Carlos Ghosn. Since November 2016, he was Chairman of Ford France. He was appointed CEO of Elior France on June 1st 2017.