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Pierre Pasquier has more than 50 years’ experience in digital services and management of an international business. He and his associates founded Sopra Group in 1968, and he chairs the Board of Directors.
After graduating in mathematics from the University of Rennes, Pierre Pasquier began his career at Bull before focusing on starting up Sogeti, which he left to found Sopra. Recognised as a pioneer in the sector, he has always affirmed the entrepreneurial
spirit of the company, which aims to serve key account clients by drawing on innovation and shared success.
Pierre Pasquier oversaw Sopra’s expansion in its vertical markets and internationally. The 1990 IPO, successive growth phases and the transformational 2014 tie-up with Groupe Steria have secured the company’s independence in a changing market.
In 2011, Pierre Pasquier oversaw the IPO of subsidiary Axway Software, whose Board of Directors he continues to chair.
Pierre Pasquier served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sopra Group until 20 August 2012, when the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer were separated.
Éric Pasquier is Chief Executive Officer of Sopra Banking Software. He has been with the Group for over 20 years. He is also Vice-Chairman of Sopra Steria Group’s Board of Directors and Managing Director of Sopra GMT, the holding company for Sopra Steria Group and Axway Software.
After graduating from the EPITA IT engineering school, Éric Pasquier began his career in 1996 at the Altran group, where he managed IT projects on behalf of key account customers.
He joined Sopra in 1999, where he began to broaden his experience in the operational management of major projects, notably in telecommunications, a fast-changing field at the start of the new millennium.
In 2004, Éric Pasquier was given responsibility for setting up the Group’s first nearshore industrial service centre in Spain and thus acquired experience in the coordination of multi-country operations, in this case involving Spain and France.
He was named CEO of Sopra’s Spanish subsidiary in 2008. Thanks to his managerial skills and guided by his long-term vision, this subsidiary was able to deliver strong growth and withstand the 2008/2009 financial crisis, despite having many banking clients, before returning to a good level of economic performance in the early 2010s.
Éric Mr Pasquier returned to France in 2014 to serve as Deputy CEO of Sopra Banking Software and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2016.
In this position, he helps many financial players in Europe, the Middle East and Africa negotiate their digital transformation. He is overseeing Sopra Banking Software’s corporate plan in both specialist financing and retail banking,
Éric Pasquier also supervises all of the Group’s activities in the financial services vertical, and thus coordinates the banking business solutions provided by subsidiaries across all geographies concerned.
Kathleen Clark Bracco has worked at Sopra Steria Group for over 20 years. She is currently Director of Corporate Development.
After graduating with a Master’s degree in arts and literature from the University of California (Irvine), she began her career in teaching in the United States. In 1998, she left Silicon Valley for France, where she joined Sopra, working in the Communications Department. She served as Director of Investor Relations from 2002 to 2015 In that role, she forged solid relationships between the Group’s executive bodies and a range of increasingly international shareholders.
Kathleen Clark Bracco was also involved in the successful spin-off of Axway, which generates half its revenue in the United States. She joined Axway’s Board of Directors in 2011 and has served as its Deputy Chairman since 2013. This role therefore promotes strategic harmonisation between the two groups.
In 2014, she made a significant contribution to the success of the merger between Sopra and Steria. In 2015, she was appointed Director of Corporate Development for the new Group, where she oversees acquisition opportunities to round out the business portfolio in line with the Group’s strategy. She is also involved in a number of the Group’s corporate initiatives, in particular those addressing issues of fairness, anti-corruption measures, ethics and employee share ownership.
Thanks to her longstanding relationships with the Group’s executives, Kathleen Clark Bracco was also appointed Deputy Director of Sopra GMT in 2012 and Sopra GMT’s permanent representative on the Board of Directors of Sopra Steria Group in 2014.
Éric Hayat has been Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sopra Steria Group since 2014. He co-founded Groupe Steria in 1969 and served as its Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He was the group’s Chairman at the time of the tie-up with Sopra in 2014.
A graduate in engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique, Mr Hayat is a seasoned professional in the digital world. He contributed to the expansion of Groupe Steria both internationally and in a wide range of vertical markets, notably in the public sector. In 2014, Groupe Steria generated three quarters of its revenue outside France.
Alongside his professional career, Éric Hayat is recognised for his commitment to representing the digital sector. As Chairman of the Syntec Informatique employers’ organisation from 1991 to 1997 and of Fédération Syntec from 1997 to 2003, he led key projects such as the implementation of the collective bargaining agreement and the 35-hour working week.
As a member of the Executive Committee of MEDEF from 1997 to 2005, Éric Hayat chaired the committee tasked with negotiating the research tax credit.
He has served as Chairman of the French public interest group for the “Modernisation of Payroll Reporting” since 2000. In this capacity, he brings together public sector bodies, collective pension organisations, chartered accountants and software vendors to boost the digital transformation of social protection. As an example, the group contributed to the success of France’s new pay-as-you-earn tax system.
Michael Gollner is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and member of several boards of directors. His expertise spans the media and technology sectors and the field of business transformation. Holder of an MA in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania
Michael Gollner is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and member of several boards of directors. His expertise spans the media and technology sectors and the field of business transformation. Holder of an MA in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School, Michael Gollner began his career in investment banking at Marine Midland Bank from 1985 to 1987, Goldman Sachs from 1989 to 1994 and Lehman Brothers from 1994 to 1999.
With a passion for technology and media – sectors little understood by the market at the time – in 1999 he joined Citigroup Venture Capital (which later became Court Square Capital) as its Managing Director, Europe.
He founded investment firm Operating Capital Partners in London in 2008. As Managing Partner, Michael Gollner supports the development of a portfolio of companies in around 20 countries, mostly in the technology, media and cable sectors. On a day-to-day basis, he handles issues to do with data processing and business model transformation. Thanks to his expertise in this area, he is a director of Levelset, a payments platform in the construction sector.
Michael Gollner is also Executive Chairman of Madison Sports Group, which he founded in 2013. The group promotes the Six Day Series of professional cycling events, which have enjoyed great success worldwide.
Jean-Luc Placet has spent much of his career as a management, organisation and human resources consultant for large organisations.
After graduating from the ESSEC business school, he began his career at Saint-Gobain’s marketing department before joining the marketing department of monthly business magazine L’Expansion. He joined consulting firm IDRH in 1981 and became its Chairman and CEO in 1992. Ever since then, he has overseen IDRH’s expansion at the same time as being heavily involved in employers’ organisations (MEDEF and Syntec Informatique) as well as France’s Economic, Social and Environmental Council.
IDRH joined PwC in 2016, retaining Jean-Luc Placet as its Chairman. He is also a PwC partner.
In his role as Chairman and CEO of IDRH, Jean-Luc Placet has supported numerous ministries and French multinationals, defending the art of harnessing the power of people to transform organisations. By putting employee commitment at the heart of the corporate plan, he helps fuel Sopra Steria Group’s strategic thinking in this area. Compensation and governance have also been key areas of focus during his career.
His elected duties on various Syntec bodies, including chairing Fédération Syntec (2011-2014) and European federation Feaco (2007-2012), give him a broad overview of the social challenges posed by business transformation at the international level. He has also contributed to the work of France’s Economic, Social and Environmental Council on labour relations and new forms of management.
Sylvie Rémond has over 35 years’ experience in customer relations, structured finance and risk management. She has been Société Générale’s Group Chief Risk Officer since 2018 and a member of its Executive Committee since 2011.
After graduating from the ESC Rouen business school, Sylvie Rémond joined Société Générale in 1985. She held a number of positions in the Individual Client division, where she gained an understanding of retail banking, and subsequently the Large Corporate division, where she developed a flair for customer relations, with a heavily international focus.
She joined the Structured Finance Department in 1992, where she helped numerous businesses fulfil their strategic plans by structuring acquisition finance and leveraged deals.
In 2000, Sylvie Rémond was appointed Head of Corporate and Acquisition Finance Syndication, a role in which she developed her knowledge of international financial and debt markets.
In 2004, she was appointed Head of Credit Risk for the Corporate and Investment Banking business. Supported by a large team of experts, she was involved in signing off all financing deals where the bank was lead arranger. After being appointed Deputy Group Chief Risk Officer in 2010, she was notably responsible for managing the impact of the financial crisis on the bank’s lending book.
In 2015, she moved back to the commercial side of the business as Global Co-Head of Coverage and Investment Banking, overseeing a broad range of activities from financing to equity.
Sylvie Rémond was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in 2018. She manages all of the group’s credit, market and operational risks so that senior management can focus on transforming the bank in a way that is both profitable and resilient, in response to the challenges posed by increasingly strict regulations.
A trained scientist, Marie-Hélène Rigal-Drogerys has a sound understanding of the world of higher education, research and innovation, and of the public sector more generally, which she combines with an operational and executive approach to strategy
A trained scientist, Marie-Hélène Rigal-Drogerys has a sound understanding of the world of higher education, research and innovation, and of the public sector more generally, which she combines with an operational and executive approach to strategy and organisation.
Marie-Hélène Rigal-Drogerys has a PhD in mathematics and a DEA postgraduate degree in theoretical physics. She began her career as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Montpellier and subsequently at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. In 1998, she moved into the world of financial audit. In this field, she worked for key accounts in industry, services and the public sector and faced new and specific challenges. As a Senior Manager with the Mazars Group, she managed the financial audit of Sopra until 2008.
Marie-Hélène Rigal-Drogerys then worked as a Consulting Partner at Ask-Partners. From 2009 to 2017, she helped businesses and organisations transition to new models.
As Adviser to the President of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, she has been working since 2017 to help the institution emerge as a world-class university.
Throughout her career, she has naturally brought multiple stakeholders together to help decision-making bodies seek solutions in complex and changing situations.
In her role as Chairwoman of Sopra Steria’s Audit Committee, Marie-Hélène Rigal-Drogerys strives to integrate the strategic, business and human dimensions, with a constant focus on taking into the account the far-reaching transformation the Group is currently undergoing.
Jean-François Sammarcelli is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and spent his entire career at Société Générale until his retirement in 2015. He held top-tier positions there, giving him in-depth expertise in executive management, finance and control.
In particular, as Director of Real Estate Business from 1995 to 2000, Jean-François Sammarcelli oversaw the policy of restructuring the bank’s real estate business during the 1990s real estate crisis. He worked for the investment banking business from 2000 to 2004, first as Chief Operations Officer and subsequently as Chief Financial Officer and then Co-Head of the department responsible for relations with corporate and financial institution key accounts. During this period, he was involved in the global reorganisation of SGCIB after the internet bubble burst.
He then continued his career at Société Générale in the retail bank, where he served as Network Director, France, Deputy CEO and finally Head of Retail Banking, France.
Sopra Steria Group’s Board of Directors benefits from Jean-François Sammarcelli’s extensive and varied experience in the banking world, which has long been a strategic vertical market for the Group. Furthermore, he has served in executive management roles and as a director in a group recognised as a pioneer in digital transformation and innovation in customer relationships.
Jessica Scale founded digifit, a hub that provides strategy consulting for senior executives, in 2014. She helps companies grow by taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital, social and environmental transitions.
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holder of a PhD in political science, she has taught strategy at Sciences Po Paris since 1990.
Jessica Scale began her career in strategy consulting (at Bossard and PwC) working for key account clients in a wide range of industry sectors.
In 2002, she moved into the tech sector, where she worked for major players, first as Transformation Director at IBM Global Services and then as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Unisys Europe, which she joined in 2005. She took on further international responsibilities in 2008, when she became Director of Global Outsourcing at Logica-CGI, where she was later appointed Global Client Director. As Director, France at Logica-CGI from 2010 to 2013, she also gained in-depth experience of issues connected with governance, ethics and labour relations.
Jessica Scale has written numerous articles and books, including in particular Bleu Blanc Pub: Trente Ans de Communication Gouvernementale en France, which remains a landmark work for anyone seeking to understand major public communication campaigns.
She has long been involved in international entrepreneurship networks, with a particular focus on promoting women in business, and is keenly interested in the issue of the raison d’être of companies.
Noëlle Lenoir is a lawyer, former judge and politician, with expertise in ethics, professional conduct and European affairs.
Noëlle Lenoir is a lawyer, former judge and politician, with expertise in ethics, professional conduct and European affairs. A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, she earned her law degree from the Université de Paris and began her career at the French Senate in 1972, then joined the CNIL in 1982, the French Data Protection Authority.
As the CNIL’s Chief Legal Officer, she supervised the implementation of the French data protection and freedom of information act (“Loi informatique et libertés”.Noëlle Lenoir joined the Conseil d’État (France’s highest administrative court) in 1984 as a maître de requêtes (master of petitions) where she carried out the roles of Government Commissioner (now known as Public Rapporteur). She then became head of the French Minister of Justice’s office, before being appointed by the Prime Minister to carry out an investigation into bioethics law. Her report was used as the basis for drawing up the first law on bioethics in France.
The first woman named to France’s Constitutional Council (1992 to 2001), she also chaired UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee from 1992 to 1999 and was Chairman of the European Bioethics Group on science and new technology at the European Commission (1994 to 2001).
She later joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in New York and University College London, before returning to France in 2002 when she was named Minister for European Affairs. In this position, she notably took part in negotiations with accession countries in Central and Western Europe to prepare their integration into the European Union.
Subsequently, Noëlle Lenoir practised as a lawyer (specialising in digital and data protection law, internal and international investigation, compliance and anti-corruption, labour, competition and European law) before being appointed the first Chief Ethics Officer of the French National Assembly, where she served from 2012 to 2014, reviewing the statements of interest submitted by members and drafting initial recommendations based on members’ code of conduct.
Since then, she has chaired Ethics Committees at Radio France and the Parcoursup platform, further expanding her expertise relating to social issues.
Noëlle Lenoir has contributed many articles to law journals and is the author of several books and numerous reports. She has hosted programmes and moderated debates notably on BFM Business and France 24, and has been a columnist and contributor to L’Express, La Tribune and France Culture. She has taught at a range of prestigious schools and universities. She is Chairman of the “Cercle des Européens”, a forum for decision-makers to engage in dialogue with European leaders.
André Einaudi is the Founding Chairman and CEO of Ortec Group, an international integrator of construction and engineering solutions, with locations on four continents.
André Einaudi is the Founding Chairman and CEO of Ortec Group, an international integrator of construction and engineering solutions, with locations on four continents. An engineer and graduate of the IAE Aix-en-Provence business school, André Einaudi has spent his entire career in business services.
He joined a group of service companies in the south of France in 1980 as a project engineer. He built the company’s Service, Organisation and Methods Department from the ground up to meet the needs of its client Total. In 1985, he was named to head Industrial Agencies Department, managing a team of 300 people.
In 1987, he became Chairman of the Executive Board of an entity bringing together the industrial engineering firm Buzzichelli and the activities Industrial Maintenance and Environment Department, under his aegis which took the name Ortec.
Backed by a team of senior managers, André Einaudi led the leveraged management buy-out of Ortec in 1992. Newly independent, the young firm expanded into the fields of waste management and the decontamination of industrial sites. Through a series of successful acquisitions, André Einaudi has guided Ortec’s continuing development with a focus on diversification, with respect to both client sectors and business activities.
Hélène Badosa has worked at Sopra Steria Group for over 20 years. Alongside her professional role, she has also long experience of employee representative bodies.
With a master’s degree in information systems, Hélène Badosa began her career running a department at EDS’s data processing centre and went on to become a SAP ERP consultant.
She joined Sopra Steria Group in 2001, heading up numerous engineering projects in France and abroad. She is currently a testing specialist for one of Sopra Steria’s key account clients. Thanks to her experience in a broad range of roles, she has in-depth knowledge of issues in the field and the technological environment.
Keen to ensure that employees’ voices are heard amid the digital business transformation, Hélène Badosa has also held various corporate offices over the course of her career. As employee representative at EDS and subsequently Sopra Steria, trade union representative on the Lyon and Aix-en-Provence Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committees, member of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Economic Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Traid-Union, she is resolutely committed to employee representation. In particular, the tie-up between Sopra and Steria involved significant work with employees to ensure that the two companies’ cultures merged successfully.
Hélène Badosa joined Sopra Steria’s Board of Directors in 2018 as Director representing the employees. She brings her vision as an employee with a keen eye for synergies between the company’s and employees’ development.
He successively served in testing, business analysis and project management roles as an integrator for complex air traffic control systems.
David Elmalem holds an engineering degree from the ENAC civil aviation academy, and has a passion for aeronautics and new technologies.
Director representing employee shareholders
As Chief Financial Officer of Sopra Steria Benelux, Astrid Anciaux works across Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. She has been with the Group for over 30 years. She became a member of the Board of Directors when Sopra and Groupe Steria completed their tie-up in 2014 (term of office ended at the close of the 2020 General Meeting).
Astrid Anciaux is a graduate of the EPHEC business school in Brussels. In 2017, she also gained the Director qualification issued by Sciences-Po and the IFA.
After gaining experience with an accounting firm, she joined the finance department at Steriabel, Steria’s first Belgian subsidiary, in 1987. Over the years, she has played a part in the financial aspects of the business’s growth as well as its functional and cultural integration into the Group.
Since 2014, as well as serving as Chief Financial Officer, Astrid Anciaux has also been responsible for central support functions serving Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. She serves as a company officer for a number of subsidiaries of Sopra Steria Group.
Astrid Anciaux has extensive experience in employee share ownership.
A former director of Soderi, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Groupe Steriactions company mutual fund (FCPE) and member of the Supervisory Board of the Sopra Steria Actions FCPE, she also deals on a day-to-day basis with the question of how to motivate and attract talent – a key priority for the Group.
She will also bring to the Group’s Board of Directors her vast experience in the field, gained both as a senior executive and as a management representative within employee representative bodies (in Belgium and Luxembourg).
Astrid Anciaux(26th May 2021)
Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee
With regard to certain topics, discussions by the Board of Directors are prepared by specialised committees composed of members of the Board of Directors appointed by this body. These committees do not have decision-making authority but examine issues falling within their remit and submit their opinions and proposals to the Board of Directors.There are three permanent committees:
The Board of Directors may also establish one or more ad hoc committees.
The Audit Committee is composed of at least three members appointed by the Board of Directors, with financial or accounting expertise (currently 3 of the 4 members are financial experts).
The Audit Committee Charter gives a precise definition of the Committee’s remit and explicitly states the principal matters excluded from that remit. The Committee’s main responsibilities include:
The Compensation Committee is composed of between three and six members appointed by the Board of Directors.
The Committee’s main responsibilities are as follows:
The Nomination, EGovernance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee is composed of the Chairman of the Board of Directors and between three and six other members appointed by the Board.The Committee’s main responsibilities are as follows: