Board of directors
RAPHAËL GORGÉ, CHAIRMAN & SHAREHOLDER
Raphaël GORGÉ joined Groupe Gorgé, ECA Group’s mother company, in 2004 after a ten-year career in finance and technology. He initiated and implemented the Group’s withdrawal from the automotive sector (70% of its revenue in 2004), then steered its development toward new areas of business. Raphaël GORGÉ has been the Chief Executive Officer Groupe Gorgé since 2008, he is also Chaiman of Prodways Group and ECA Group.
HERVÉ GUILLOU, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hervé Guillou brings over 40 years of engineering and management experience in the defence industry. His career began with DCN in Cherbourg, working on submarine propulsion. 35 years later he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the same company, since renamed Naval Group. Meanwhile, he was CEO of companies including Cassidian Cyber Security and EADS Space Transportation. He directed the HORIZON anti-air warfare frigates programme between UK, Italy and France. Hervé Guillou graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, INSTN and INSEAD with degrees in engineering and a focus on shipbuilding.
JEAN-PIERRE GORGÉ, BOARD MEMBER
Before founding Groupe Gorgé (previously named FINUCHEM) in 1990, Jean-Pierre GORGÉ held various positions in public administration, including deputy Director of the chemical industries department of the French Ministry of Industry as well as SMI delegate and head of the regional affairs department at the Ministry of Industry.
Jean-Pierre GORGÉ is a Director of Groupe Gorgé.
Jean-Pierre GORGÉ has an armament engineering degree from the École Polytechnique and a degree from Science Po Paris.
CATHERINE GORGÉ, BOARD MEMBER
Catherine GORGÉ began her career as a process engineer at Atlantic Richfield, then joined the Technip Group as a project engineer. After working at the Industrial Projects & Services business at Groupe Gorgé, she joined the luxury sector. She currently runs the company CBG CONSEIL, specialising in business consulting.
Catherine GORGÉ is a Director of Groupe Gorgé and Prodways Group.
Catherine GORGÉ has an engineering degree from the École Centrale de Marseille and holds an advanced degree in project management.
CÉLINE LEROY, CENSOR
Céline LEROY joined Groupe Gorgé in 2007 as General Counsel, after having practised as an attorney at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer firm in the Finance and Mergers-Acquisitions departments. Céline LEROY has substantial experience in asset financing, mergers-acquisitions and restructuring for mid-sized and multinational groups in France and abroad. Celine LEROY has the Certificate of Aptitude for the Legal Profession (CAPA) and a degree in Tax and Business law from Paris I University.
ALEXANDRA AYAKATSIKAS, BOARD MEMBER
Alexandra AYAKATSIKAS started her career at AMADEUS IT GROUP, first in the Treasury department then in Business Controlling in France and the United Kingdom. She continued her professional career in England at LOW & BONAR, an industrial group, within its financial holding. In 2015, she joined the ECA group as Group Finance Business Analyst. Since 2019, she is Director of Financial Control. She holds a Master (“DESS”) in finance from the Center for the Study of Financial Techniques and Engineering of Aix-Marseille III university.
HÉLÈNE DE COINTET, BOARD MEMBER
Graduate from Paris IX-Dauphine Management Magistrate and the Financial Analyst Training Center, Hélène de COINTET began her career at CM-CIC Securities as a financial analyst in charge of the aerospace and electronics sectors. She then joined KPMG Corporate Finance before joining Safran in 2010 in the Mergers & Acquisitions department. Since 2015, she has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Safran Corporate Ventures, which she co-created. In this context, she has invested and participated in the governance of growth companies in industry 4.0, automated vehicle and services sectors. Hélène de COINTET joined Groupe Gorgé as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2019.
LOÏC LE BERRE, CENSOR
Graduate in finance (Sciences Po Paris, DESCF, HEC Executive MBA), Loïc LE BERRE began his career at Arthur Andersen. He joined the Group in early 2006 after a stint in industry working for both mid-sized companies and international groups. Loïc LE BERRE is currently the Executive Vice-President of Groupe Gorgé, in charge of finance.
Corporate governance code
At the Board of Directors’ meeting on 3 March 2014, ECA Group decided to adhere to the Corporate Governance Code from MIDDLENEXT. MIDDLENEXT updated its Code in 2016. This Code can be consulted here and on the MIDDLENEXT website (www.middlenext.com).
Corporate governance report
The Corporate Governance Report is included in our 2018 Reference Document (p.35 to 55). It can be consulted here.