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 Guillemot, Group Chief Executive Officer
- Rosario Ambrosino, Chief Executive Officer of Elior Italia
- Bernard Duverneuil, Group Chief Information and Digital Officer
- Jean-Yves Fontaine, Elior France Chief Executive Officer
- Esther Gaide, Group Chief Financial Officer
- Ruxandra Ispas, Group Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer
- Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Elior India
- Antonio Llorens, Chief Executive Officer of Serunion
- Ludovic Oster, Group Chief Human Resources Officer
- Olivier Poirot, Chief Executive Officer of Elior North America
- Gilles Rafin, President of Elior Services
- Damien Rebourg, Chief Communications Officer
- Catherine Roe, Chief Executive Officer of Elior UK
Philippe Guillemot was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elior Group on December 5, 2017.
Between 2013 and 2016, Philippe Guillemot was Chief Operating Officer at Alcatel-Lucent, a global company with significant exposure to the US market and at the heart of the digital revolution. He was brought into the company to draw up a business recovery and transformation plan and subsequently oversaw Alcatel-Lucent's integration into Nokia.
From 2010 through 2012, he was CEO and a Board member of Europcar, where he modernized the company’s brand image and offerings to make them more appealing and more suited to customer expectations. During his time with Europcar he also launched a large-scale plan to improve operating efficiency in very challenging market conditions.
From 2004 through 2010, Philippe Guillemot served as Chairman and CEO of Areva Transmission and Distribution (T&D), which subsequently became a division of Alstom, and was a member of Areva’s Executive Committee. In this role he successfully implemented two strategic plans to turn around the business and significantly boost its profitability. During the six years he was with Areva T&D, the entity extensively enlarged its international footprint, doubled its revenue and increased its value fourfold.
Before joining Areva T&D, Philippe Guillemot was a member of the Executive Committees at the automotive suppliers Faurecia (2001-2003) and Valeo (1998-2000). At both of these companies he oversaw the global expansion of divisions with revenue of several billion euros. Prior to that he held executive posts at Michelin (1993-1998 and 1983-1989), where he was appointed to his first Executive Committee position at the age of thirty-six. Alongside Edouard Michelin he was the architect behind the product line-based organization structure that enabled Michelin to pursue a profitable growth trajectory and whose fundamentals are still in place today.
Philippe Guillemot holds an MBA from Harvard University and is a graduate of the French engineering school, École des Mines de Nancy. He is also a knight of the French National Order of Merit.
Philippe Guillemot is a director of two companies listed on the New York stock exchange (Constellium and Sonoco).
Rosario Ambrosino holds a degree in Economics from Luiss Guido Carli University in Italy as well as a post-graduate degree in Business and Management from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Rosario joined Elior Italia in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Prior to joining the Elior group, Rosario served in top-management positions in several companies, including Deputy CEO at Bartolini, Management Consultant at CEVA Logistics and CEO at TNT.
A graduate from École Polytechnique and Telecom ParisTech, Bernard Duverneuil has 25 years’ experience in information systems, digital transformation and innovation. He began his career in the services industry (Générale de Service Informatique), then moved to management and strategy consulting firms (Coopers & Lybrand, A.T. Kearney). Next, he founded and managed an e-commerce start-up before joining the Lagardère group where he was Chief Information Officer for 8 years. Additionally, between 2006 and 2008, he created and led the innovation hub, a transversal initiative to boost the development of innovative media offers linked to digital technology. In 2009, Bernard Duverneuil joined Essilor International as Group Chief Information Officer, also becoming a member of the Executive Committee. Managing the company’s information technology projects led him to define and implement the IT strategy that supported its digital transformation. Bernard Duverneuil has been President of Cigref (a society bringing together the CIOs of over 140 key French companies and administrations) since 2016. One of his missions there is to develop companies’ ability to implement and master digital technology.
Jean-Yves Fontaine graduated from the Paris Hospitality and Catering School (L’école hôtelière de Paris) and holds an MBA from the HEC business school. In 1983, he joined Générale de Restauration, which subsequently became Elior Group. Over the next few years, he was promoted up the ladder from restaurant manager to head of operations and then regional manager. In 2000 he took up the position of CEO of Sopresthel which he helped steer when the company was taken over by, and integrated into the Group. He was appointed Director of Operations for the French healthcare market in 2001 then became the Commercial Director of the Hôpital Services subsidiary. From 2006, as Chairman of Vivae / Alsacienne de Restauration then Ansamble, he orchestrated their integration into the Group, as well as their strategic repositioning and financial turnaround.
Esther Gaide graduated from Essec (Paris) and is a chartered accountant. She began her career in 1983 working in the external audit departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Paris and London, then with Deloitte in Paris and the USA. In 1994, she joined Bolloré Group where she was appointed Group Internal Audit Director, set up the Internal Audit Department and participated both in the reorganization of the maritime department and the takeover of the Rivaud Group. Between 1996 and 2006, she successively held the posts of CFO of the Logistics Division, CFO of the Bolloré Africa Logistics division and ultimately Group Controller, in charge of all Group accounting. In 2006, she moved to Havas to take up the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources. In 2011, Esther Gaide went on to join Technicolor (ex-Thomson) as Group Controller. In 2012, she was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer before becoming CFO and member of the Executive Committee in 2015. In addition, Esther is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Eutelsat Group. Esther Gaide was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Elior Group on March 15, 2018.
Ruxandra Ispas holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest. She started her career with Placoplatre, as pan-European project director, then joined Deloitte & Touche Consulting in France as senior manager, responsible for the Carrefour key account. In 2001 she joined Danone Group, where she held various leadership roles in procurement, supply chain, and organization over 11 years. Ruxandra Ispas led global ingredients procurement for the dairy division, developed agricultural sourcing across the world, built strategic supplier partnerships and enrolled suppliers on a collaborative R&D platform to accelerate innovation. She also led a major Group transformation program to increase organizational flexibility, improve efficiency and create conditions for growth. In 2011 she joined Diageo, the world's largest producer of spirits, as Group Senior Vice President for packaging procurement and procurement innovation. In this role she implemented best-in-class practices and excellence standards, led a major supplier investment to support growth and developed the process of collaborative innovation. Between September 2015 and December 2017 Ruxandra Ispas served as Group Chief Procurement Officer for SIG plc, a British BtoB distributor specialized in building materials. In this capacity she started the process of structuring and modernizing the function, and improving the performance across Europe.
Sanjay Kumar graduated in Physics from the University of Delhi and holds an MBA degree from IRMA Gujarat. Sanjay worked with Royal Dutch Shell Group for over 18 years, where he held various positions in Europe and Asia: set up joint-ventures, developed Shell’s Bitumen market in India, turned around the oil giant retail-lubricants business in 13 Asia-Pacific countries, including Oceania and China, launched several targeted consumer-initiative programs in Germany, Greece and Turkey and launch a Business Intelligence and Strategic Consulting unit in India. In March 2012 he was appointed CEO of Altran India, member of the Management Committee. During his 5-year tenure within Altran, he led the growth of the company from 250 engineers to nearly 2,000 engineers. Sanjay also supported the acquisitions of three companies and their integration within the Altran group.
Antonio Llorens has an Industrial Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia as well as an MBA from IESE Business School. Antonio has over 25 years’ experience in the contract catering industry. He has held several executive positions within Serunion, which he joined as Deputy Chairman and is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and he also served as CEO of Areas within the Elior Group. Antonio is the President of the Spanish Federation for Social Catering (FEADRS), and Restaurama (the Alimentaria International Food and Beverage Fair) and has been a member of Alimentaria’s management committee since 1998. He is also President of the Prevent foundation and patron of the Barcelona Food Bank Foundation and the Enriqueta Villavecchia Pediatric Oncology Foundation.
A graduate of Skema Business School (formerly ESC Lille), Ludovic, began his career in 1993 with the automotive supplier Delphi, where he held various HR posts (both at operations and corporate level) in France and the United States. He then joined the Valeo group in 1999, where he helped with the integration of a major acquisition, including by rolling out and optimizing employee engagement processes, particularly in the United States, Spain and Germany. Ludovic subsequently took on an operations HR role at division level, based in Spain and France, helping to boost business performance in a fiercely competitive international environment. In 2008, Ludovic joined the Norbert Dentressangle group as Chief Human Resources Officer and became a member of its Management Board in 2014. His main role was to help drive the group’s strong international growth by strengthening and structuring the human resources function, notably through management support initiatives and human resources development. Following Norbert Dentressangle’s acquisition by XPO Logistics in 2015, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer – Europe for the merged outfit where he implemented organizational change management processes in line with the group’s objectives.
Olivier Poirot, who holds dual French/American nationality, graduated from Sup de Co La Rochelle (France). In 1992, he joined Accor SA in the UK where he held various accounting and management positions before being appointed SVP Finance & Administration of the midscale and upscale segments of the hotel division of Accor North America. In 2003 he became EVP and CFO of Accor North America. In 2007, he was appointed CEO of Accor North America, notably in charge of all Motel 6 and Studio 6 operations. In 2011, he took up the position of CFO & SVP of Sodexo North America, where he was co-leader of business development. Since 2016, Olivier was CEO of the high-end café-bakery group, Le Duff America (La Madeleine, Mimi’s Café, Bruegger’s Bagels, Brioche Dorée).
A graduate from a business school, Gilles Rafin has close to 40 years’ experience in services, including cleaning. After becoming Sales Director at ISS France in 1983, he founded Hôpital Service the next year, a company specialized in cleaning and hospitality services for healthcare establishments. He was its Chief Executive Officer and then its President, working with successive shareholders such as ISS, Otor and Générale de Santé, a subsidiary of Générale des Eaux which supported the company for 14 years. Hôpital Service was a French leader in specialized cleaning and hospitality services for healthcare establishments when it became part of the Elior group in 2004. From 2005 to 2010, Gilles Rafin headed Elior France’s healthcare business unit. After the acquisition of Sin&Stes in 2010, he became President of Elior Services. Gilles Rafin is also President of Genim (French trade syndicate for multiregional cleaning companies) and Secretary of the French Federation of cleaning companies.
Damien Rebourg holds a postgraduate diploma in Political Communication from the Politics Department of the University of Paris I-Sorbonne. He began his career with a communications agency, before joining the Siemens group in 1999. After working in press relations for the Transportation Systems division of Siemens France, he was appointed Communications Manager for the Energy and Industry sectors in 2003, and Head of Communications and Corporate Relations of Siemens France in 2007. He was appointed Head of Corporate Communications South-West Europe for Siemens in 2013. Damien Rebourg was Corporate Communications Director of Bouygues Construction since February 2014.
Catherine Roe holds an MA (in Natural Sciences) from Oxford University and a post graduate qualification from Cambridge University. Her early career was at the Ladbroke Group and Hilton International where she performed various roles in finance and supply chain. She was appointed Head of Purchasing in the UK board of Gardner Merchant Sodexo in 1996. In 2005 she was Chairman of the Sodexo European Purchasing committee and member of the Continental Executive Committee. She joined Elior in 2006 and took on several roles including Managing Director of the Concessions division. She took on the role of CEO in 2014 and joined the Group Elior Executive Committee in October 2019. In addition she is the Chair of the Women of the Year organisation which was formed in 1955 and is well known in the UK as it recognises the achievements of women from all walks of life.