Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a collective body which represents all shareholders and acts in the company’s interest in all circumstances. The Board makes sure its membership is balanced and its operating procedures are appropriate in order to act in the company’s interest and fulfill its missions. The Board of Directors sets Carrefour’s business strategies and objectives and oversees their implementation, deliberates on all matters pertaining to the proper operation of the company and settles all relevant issues. In particular, the Board conducts any controls and audits it deems fit, including audits of company management and the fairness of the financial statements, reviews and approves the financial statements, and ensures that quality financial information is provided to shareholders and markets.

  • Robert Halley

    Honorary Chairman

     

  • Amaury de Seze

    Chairman

    Born on 7th May 1946. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 12,500.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.

    Amaury de Seze began his career in 1968 at Bull General Electric. In 1978 he joined the Volvo Group where he held the positions of General Manager, Chairman and Managing Director of Volvo France, Chairman of Volvo Corporate Europe, Member of the Executive Committee of the Volvo Group and Member of the Renault Volvo Strategic Committee. He joined the Paribas Group in 1993 as a Member of the Management Board of Compagnie Financière de Paribas and of Paribas Bank, in charge of equity holdings and industrial affairs and then as Manager of the Equity Holdings Division of BNP Paribas Bank. He served as Chairman of PAI Partners from 1998 to December 2007.

    Other appointments:

    Vice-Chairman, Power Financial du Canada; Board Member, BW Group, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, Erbe, Pargesa Holding S.A, Suez Environnement, Imerys and Supervisory Board of PAI and Publicis Groupe.

  • Lars Olofsson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Born on 19th December 1951. Swedish.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th April 2009.

    After graduating from Lund University in Sweden with a degree in business administration, Lars Olofsson joined Nestlé in 1976 as a product manager for Findus frozen products. From 1981 to 1992, he worked at Nestlé France, where he held different commercial and marketing functions. In 1992, he became Managing Director of France Glaces Findus. He was then appointed President of Pripps-Procordia Sweden before taking the head of the Dairy and Dietetic Products Division at Sopad-Nestlé. In 1995, he was appointed General Manager of Nestlé’s Nordic Markets. In 1997, Lars Olofsson became Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé France, before being named Executive Vice-President of the Nestlé Group in 2001 responsible for all European operations. In 2005, he was appointed Executive Vice-President of the Nestlé Group in charge of Strategic Business Units, Marketing and Sales worldwide. On 1st January 2009, Lars Olofsson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Carrefour. Since 5th May 2011, he has been responsible for Carrefour’s operational management in France. He also serves as Chairman of the Carrefour Corporate International Foundation and Carrefour Nederland BV’s permanent representative to the Carrefour Marinopolous Board of Directors (Greece).

  • René Abate

     

    Born 27th August 1948. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.
    Date of renewal: 28th April 2009.

    René Abate is a graduate of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Harvard Business School. He began his career as an engineer with the New York Port Authority in 1970, then joined BCG in 1974 where he was a consultant in the fields of strategy and organization to large companies in various sectors, notably in high turnover consumer goods, food and specialty retailing. He served successively as Senior Vice-President, responsible for overseeing the firm in France; Group Chairman for Europe; and World Executive Committee member, positions from which he resigned in 2006. He currently acts as Senior Advisor.

    Other appointments:

    Managing Partner of Delphen SARL; Member of the Board of Atos Origin, Laboratoire Français du Fractionnement et des Biotechnologies.

  • Bernard Arnault

     

    Born on 5th March 1949. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.

    Bernard Arnault began his career as an engineer at Ferret-Savinel. In 1974, he became the company’s Construction Manager, rising to Managing Director in 1977 and CEO in 1978. He held this position until 1984, when he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financière Agache SA and Christian Dior SA. He reorganized Financière Agache as part of a growth strategy focused on prestigious brands, with Christian Dior serving as the cornerstone of the new structure. In 1989, he became the majority shareholder of LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, thereby creating the world’s leading luxury group. He became its Chairman in January 1989.

    Other appointments:

    Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SA, Chairman of the Board of Christian Dior SA, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation (Corporate Foundation), Chairman of Groupe Arnault SAS, Member of the Board of Directors of Christian Dior Couture SA, Société Civile du Cheval Blanc, LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton Inc. (USA), LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton Japan KK, and Member of the Supervisory Board of Lagardère SCA.

  • Sébastien Bazin

     

    Born on 9th November 1961. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.
    Date of renewal: 4th May 2010.

    From 1985 to 1990, Sébastien Bazin worked first for the Clore Group, then for the Painewebber Group in New York, San Francisco and London. From 1990 to 1992, Sébastien Bazin was Deputy Director of Hottinguer Rivaud Finances in Paris. Between 1992 and 1997, he served as Managing Director of Immobilière Hôtelière SA. From 1997 to 1999, he was CEO of Colony Capital SAS. Since 1999, he has been Executive Managing Director of Colony Europe.

    Other appointments:

    Executive Managing Director of Colony Europe, CEO of SESE (Société d’Exploitation Sports et Événements) and HSE (Holding Sports et Événements), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the PSG Football Club, Member of the Board of Directors of Accor, Endered and Moonscoop IP, Member of the Supervisory Board of ANF (Les Ateliers du Nord de la France), Chairman (SAS) of Colwine, Colfilm, Bazeo Europe SAS and Colony Capital SAS, Managing Director (SAS) of Toulouse Canceropole and COLSPA SAS, Manager (SARL) of CC Europe Invest and Manager (SCI) of Nina.

  • Nicolas Bazire

     

    Born on 13th July 1957. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.
    Date of renewal: 28th April 2009.

    Nicolas Bazire was a junior official and later public auditor at France’s Cour des Comptes. In 1993 he became Chief of Staff to French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur. He served as a Managing Partner at Rothschild & Cie Banque from 1995 to 1999, when he was appointed to the Supervisory Board. He has been Managing Director of Groupe Arnault SAS since 1999.

    Other appointments:

    Managing Director of Groupe Arnault SAS, Member of the Board of Directors of LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, Atos Origin and Suez Environnement, and Member of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Cie Banque SCS.

  • Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

     

    Born on 14th July 1961. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.

    An engineering graduate of the École Polytechnique and École des Mines, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé joined BNP Group in 1993 in the Major Corporate Customers Division. After serving as Head of Strategy and Development from 1997, he oversaw the merger process between BNP and Paribas. Since 2002, he has been Head of French Retail Banking, Director of Networks for French Retail Banking and a member of the BNP Paribas Executive Committee. Mr. Bonnafé has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and has been managing the Group’s retail banking business.

    Other appointments:

    Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas, Member of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Personal Finance, BNL-Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (Italy) and BNP Paribas Fortis.

  • Thierry Breton

     

    Born on 15th January 1955. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.
    Date of renewal: 4th May 2010.

    Thierry Breton graduated from the Paris École Supérieure d’Électricité (Supelec), an engineering school, and the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN, 46th class), a security studies institute. In 1986, Mr. Breton became Project Manager of the Poitiers Futuroscope theme park, then headed its teleport operations. He later served as an advisor to Education Minister René Monory in the area of new information technologies. Mr. Breton also sat on the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council from 1986 to 1992, serving as Vice-Chairman from 1988. He then joined Bull as Director of Strategy and Development before becoming Deputy Managing Director then Chief Operating Officer. After joining the Group’s Management Board in February 1996, he was successively named Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Appointed CEO of Thomson (1997-2002) then CEO of France Telecom (2002-2005), he was France’s Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry between 25th February 2005 and 16th May 2007, before becoming a professor at Harvard University (USA) for “Leadership, Corporate Accountability”, then Chairman of the Management Board of Atos Origin in November 2008.

    Autre mandat :

    CEO of Atos Origin.

  • René Brillet

     

    Born on 1st August 1941. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 270,250.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.

    The former Carrefour Managing Director for Asia, René Brillet began his career as a radio officer in the Merchant Marine in 1968. In 1972 he joined Carrefour and successively held the positions of Chief Accountant in Italy and Brazil, then of Store Manager and Director of Organization and Methods while still in Brazil. In 1981, he moved to Argentina as Executive Director and then to Spain, where he was in charge of operations from 1982 to 1985, and finally to France, which he managed from 1986 to 1995. In 1996 he was appointed Managing Director for Europe and then Managing Director for Asia in 1998, a position he held until 28th February 2004.

  • Charles Edelstenne

     

    Born on 9th January 1938. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.
    Date of renewal: 4th May 2010.

    An independent accountant and a laureate of IFEC (accounting association), Charles Edelstenne joined Dassault Aviation in 1960 as Head of the Financial Studies Department. Serving, successively, as Deputy Corporate Secretary, Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Economic and Financial Affairs, Mr. Edelstenne was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1989, then elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2000, a position he still holds.

    Other appointments:

    CEO of Dassault Aviation SA, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dassault Systèmes, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault SAS, Member of the Board of Directors of Thales SA, Sogitec Industries and SABCA (Belgium), Chairman of Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation (USA), Chairman of Dassault International Inc. (USA) and Manager of ARIE and ARIE 2, NILI and NILI 2.

  • Mathilde Lemoine

     

    Born on 27th September 1969. French.
    Date of appointment: 20th May 2011.

    After obtaining a PhD in Economics, Mathilde Lemoine began her career as a post-graduate researcher and then teaching assistant for the Healthcare Economics and Management Chair at the French Political Science Foundation (between 1996 and 1999). In 2000, she was the economist and general secretary for the French Economic Observatory (OFCE) before serving as technical advisor for macroeconomic and globalization issues for the Foreign Trade Minister from 2002 to 2005. She was also the foreign trade and globalization advisor for the ministers of the Economy, Finance and Industry (2004-2005). She then served as the advisor on macroeconomics and taxation for the Prime Minister (2005-2006). Since 2006 she has been the Economist and Director of Economic Research and Market Strategy at HSBC France and the Economist for the HSBC Group. She is also a member of the French Council of Economic Analysis (CAE) and the French National Economic Commission (CEN) and Professor at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. Member of the second “Commission pour la libération de la croissance” and rapporteur of the Climate and Energy Conference, Mathilde Lemoine has published numerous articles on national and international economic trends as well as on structural transformations.

    At the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on 21st June 2011, shareholders will be asked to approve the nomination of Mathilde Lemoine as member of Carrefour’s Board of Directors.

  • Anne-Claire Taittinger

     

    Born on 3rd November 1949. French.
    Number of shares held in the Company: 1,000.
    Date of appointment: 28th July 2008.
    Date of renewal: 4th May 2010.

    Anne-Claire Taittinger graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and holds a Master’s degree in urban sociology and an advanced degree in urban development from the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires. She began her career in 1976 at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations as head of urban development operations at the Société Centrale d’Équipement du Territoire. She joined the Louvre Group in 1979 as Corporate Secretary and then became Chairman and Managing Director of the Compagnie Financière Deville. She was successively Chairman and Managing Director of the Compagnie Financière Leblanc and of ELM-Leblanc, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Industrial Division of Deville, Chairman and Managing Director of Parfums Annick Goutal France USA and then of Baccarat. She became General Manager and subsequently Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Société du Louvre in 1997. In 2002 she became Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Taittinger Group as well as General Manager of its subsidiary, the Louvre Group, in conjunction with the separation of functions of Chairman of the Board and Managing Director. She left these positions in July 2006 upon a change in the shareholder base at the Taittinger Group.

    Other appointments:

    Member of the Board, Audit Committee, Compensation, Appointments and Corporate Governance Committee of Club Méditerranée, Member of the Board of Financités, Tocqueville Finance Holding and Tocqueville Finances SA, Member of the Supervisory Board of Planet Finance, Chairman of SAS Le Riffray, and Managing Director of SAS DFT Immobilier.