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Governance

Bernard CARAYON

Chairman of Board of Directors
 

Méka BRUNEL

Chief Executive Officer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 Bernard Carayon Bernard Carayon Chairman

Bernard Michel

Mr Bernard Carayon has a PhD in economics from Sorbonne University. With extensive experience in auditing and risk management and various positions as a director of public companies in the past, Mr Bernard Carayon's appointment will enable the Board to benefit from his banking, CSR and asset management expertise. Until March 2017, Mr Bernard Carayon was a Director and CEO of Amundi AM, Head of Risk Management and Control for Amundi, and an Advisor for Amundi's executive leadership team on SRI.

Méka Brunel Chief Executive Officer

MEKA BRUNEL

A business leader in the real estate industry, Méka Brunel is an ETP engineer, FRICS and has an executive MBA from HEC. From 1996, she held various Executive Management positions with Simco, which later merged with Gecina. In 2006, she became CEO of Eurosic, before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2009 as Executive Vice President in charge of its real estate business in Europe. She has been a Director at Gecina since 2014 and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Actively engaged in community life and industry associations, particularly as a Director of Crédit Foncier de France, Honorary President of the HQE-France GBC association, a Director of FSIF and EPRA, Méka Brunel was also named Professional of the Year in the 2013 and 2018 Pierres d’Or awards. In October 2017, she was appointed Chairwoman of the Development Board of Métropole du Grand Paris.

Gabrielle Gauthey Independent Director

Gabrielle Gauthey

Mrs Gabrielle Gauthey is an Ecole Polytechnique, Telecom Paris Tech and Ecole des Mines de Paris graduate, a Mines ParisTech engineer and has a postgraduate DEA in economic analysis. Mrs Gabrielle Gauthey's appointment will notably enable the Board to benefit from her expertise in new technologies and innovation. From February 2015 to March 2018, Mrs Gabrielle Gauthey was Director of Local Development and Investment and a member of the management committee of the Caisse des Dépôts Group, a French public institution.

Laurence Danon Arnaud Independant Director

LAURENCE DANON ARNAUD

Laurence Danon Arnaud joined the École Normale Supérieure de Paris in 1977, graduating as a qualified physics teacher in 1980. After two years of research in the French national center for scientific research (CNRS) laboratories, she entered the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines in 1981 and graduated as a Corps des Mines engineer in 1984. After five years with the French Ministry for Industry and the Hydrocarbons Division, Laurence Danon Arnaud joined the ELF group in 1989. From 1989 to 2001, she held various positions in the Total FINA ELF group’s chemicals branch, notably as CEO of Bostik, the world No. 2 for adhesives, from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, Laurence Danon Arnaud was appointed Chairwoman and CEO of Printemps and a member of the Executive Board of PPR (KERING). Following the repositioning and successful sale of Printemps in 2007, she moved to the world of finance. Initially, from 2007 to 2013, as Chairwoman of the Management Board of Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance, then from 2013 as Chairwoman of the investment bank Leonardo & Co. SAS (subsidiary of the Italian Banca Leonardo group). After Leonardo & Co was sold to Natixis in 2015, she devoted herself to her family office, Primerose. Laurence Danon Arnaud has been a Director of Amundi since 2015 and is Chairwoman of its Strategic Committee. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of TF1 since 2010, chairing its Audit Committee. She is also served as a member of other companies’ Boards of Directors, including the British company Diageo (2006-2015), Plastic Omnium (2003-2010), Experian PLC (2007-2010), Rhodia (2008-2011) and of the Supervisory Board of BPCE (2009-2013) where she chaired its Appointments and Compensation Committee. From 2005 to 2013, Laurence Danon Arnaud was also Chairwoman of the MEDEF Commission. From 2000 to 2003, she was Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of École des Mines de Nantes, and, from 2004 to 2006, Chairwoman of the École normale supérieure Paris Foundation.

Dominique Dudan Independent Director

DOMINIQUE DUDAN

After studying science, Dominique Dudan joined the real estate industry. Admitted as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), she subsequently became a Fellow of the institution. Between 1996 and 2005, Dominique Dudan held the position of Development Director inside the Accor Hotels & Resorts group. She then joined HSBC Reim as Director of Operations and Executive Board member, then BNP Paribas Reim as Deputy CEO and Director of Regulated Real Estate Funds. In 2009, Dominique Dudan created her own Artio Conseil structure and in 2010 she became CEO of Arcole Asset Management. From 2011 to 2015, she was the President of Union Investment Real Estate France SAS. Now a Senior Advisor at LBO France, Dominique Dudan is also Director of the Ile-de-France (Paris area) Real Estate Regional Observatory (ORIE), member of the MEDEF Economic Commission for the Service Professions group, member of the Cercle des Femmes de l’Immobilier and the Ile-de-France Club de l’Immobilier. She is a Knight of the National Order of Merit.

Claude Gendron Director

CLAUDE GENDRON

Claude Gendron is a professional lawyer. He holds the position of Special Advisor to the senior management team of Ivanhoé Cambridge, a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, one of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada. Until 2017, Mr. Gendron was Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Ivanhoé Cambridge and a member of its Executive Committee. Claude Gendron holds a degree in business administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada) in addition to a BA and MA in business law from the University of Montreal (Canada). Specialized in financial and real estate transactions for more than 30 years, he started as a legal adviser at the Banque Nationale du Canada, a leading Canadian bank (1975 to 1980). Claude Gendron then continued his career in law firms by joining Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, a leading international business law firm, where he was the senior partner (1998-2013) before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge.

Jacques-Yves Nicol Independent Director

JACQUES-YVES NICOL

Jacques-Yves Nicol graduated from ESSEC Business School and completed postgraduate studies in Economics. He was Managing Director of the ESSEC group Alumni Association, after being the Managing Director (France) of Aberdeen Property Investors and Tishman Speyer Properties. He has also held posts at Bank of America in France and internationally, at Bouygues (CFO and Deputy General Manager for Spain), then with the AXA group as Managing Director of AXA Immobilier, then responsible successively for overseeing life-insurance activities in Asia-Pacific and the South Europe/Middle East area of AXA. He is a member of the Club des Présidents de Comité d’Audit of the Institut français des administrateurs.

Sylvain Fortier, permanent representative of Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc Director

Sylvain Fortier, permanent representative of Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc

Sylvain Fortier serves, as of January 1, 2018, as Chief Innovation Officer, after having served as President, Residential, Hotels and Real Estate Investment Funds and as Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, at Ivanhoé Cambridge, a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, one of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada. He was responsible for a residential portfolio valued at CAD 12 billion and a hotel portfolio currently consists of almost 4,000 rooms in Canada and the United States, as well as the company’s acquisitions of real estate funds which combined represent over CAD 5 billion in invested capital worldwide. Mr. Fortier is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Otéra Capital, a mortgage lender valued at CAD 11 billion. Sylvain Fortier has almost 30 years of global experience in the investment and financing of real estate. He began his career at London Life, before joining Standard Life. After moving to the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec and its real estate divisions, he held a number of senior management positions both in Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was appointed Vice President, Strategic Advisory and went on to hold several strategic positions in this field, leading to the role as President, Residential, Hotels and Real Estate Investment Funds at Ivanhoé Cambridge and afterward to his current role. Sylvain Fortier graduated from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) with a Bachelor’s degree in commerce, specializing in finance and real estate. He is a member of the PREA and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and is a Director of Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Montreal).

Jean-Jacques Duchamp, permanent representative of Predica Director

Jean-Jacques Duchamp, permanent representative of Predica

Graduate of AGRO-INAPG and ENGREF. After a career abroad (India, Morocco and Colombia) in public works and hydraulics, and later infrastructure financing with the World Bank, Jean-Jacques Duchamp joined the Crédit Agricole group, where he has held a variety of positions in the general inspectorate of finances and auditing at regional mutuals of Crédit Agricole, and later internationally on capital markets, before joining the Board of Finances of Crédit Agricole group. In 2001, he was part of the personal insurance division of Predica where he assumed the management of “Financing and Corporate” on the Executive Committee. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy CEO of Crédit Agricole Assurance and member of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Office of the Economic and Financial commission of the Fédération Française de l’Assurance.

Inès Reinmann-Toper Independent Director

INES REINMANN-TOPER

After studying law (post-graduate degree in property law), Inès Reinmann Toper worked for Dumez SAE and Bouygues, then continued her career with Coprim (Société Générale group), first as Development Director, then as Operational Director and lastly as Corporate Real Estate Commercial Director. From 2000 to 2004, she was the CEO of Tertial, then between 2004 and 2007 was Director of the Icade Commercial Property Market, President of EMGP, President of Tertial and a Board member of Icade Foncière des Pimonts. Between 2007 and 2010, she occupied the position of Managing Director Continental Europe at Segro Plc. She was also a Director of that company. From 2010 to 2014, she was the partner in charge of the real-estate subfund of Acxior Corporate Finance. She is a member of the Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance Management Board, in charge of real estate, and Director of Cofinimmo. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In addition, she is a member of the Club de l’Immobilier Île-de-France and the Cercle des Femmes de l’Immobilier.

BOARD COMMITTEE
STRATEGY AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

MISSION

The committee submits opinions and recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the definition of the Company’s strategy proposed to it by the Chief Executive Officer, as well as the implementation of this strategy, major projects, investments and their impacts on the accounts. It ensures that key financial balances are maintained.

MEMBERS 

Sylvain Fortier, permanent representative of Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc., Chairman 

Méka Brunel 

Bernard Carayon*

Jean-Jacques Duchamp, permanent representative of Predica

 

AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE

MISSION

The committee is responsible for monitoring the Company’s financial information, reviewing the operational application and effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems, as well as significant off-balance sheet commitments.
It monitors the assessment of the quality of service provided for tenants.

MEMBERS 

Gabrielle Gauthey*, Chairwoman
 
Laurence Danon Arnaud *
 
Jean-Jacques Duchamp, permanent representative of Predica
 
Dominique Dudan*
 
Claude Gendron
 
Inès Reinmann-Toper*
GOVERNANCE, APPOINTMENTS AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

MISSION

The committee reviews the conditions for the remuneration of directors and executive officers. It is involved in the reappointment or selection of new directors and the appointment of executive officers. It reviews the operations of the Board and the various committees and makes proposals for governance improvements.

MEMBERS 

Inès Reinmann-Toper*, Chairwoman

Laurence Danon Arnaud *
 
Claude Gendron

 

*Independent Director

 

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Méka Brunel Chief Executive Officer

Méka Brunel

A business leader in the real estate industry, Méka Brunel is an ETP engineer, FRICS and has an executive MBA from HEC. From 1996, she held various Executive Management positions with Simco, which later merged with Gecina. In 2006, she became CEO of Eurosic, before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2009 as Executive Vice President in charge of its real estate business in Europe. She has been a Director at Gecina since 2014 and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Actively engaged in community life and industry associations, particularly as a Director of Crédit Foncier de France, Honorary President of the HQE-France GBC association, a Director of FSIF and EPRA, Méka Brunel was also named Professional of the Year in the 2013 Pierres d’Or awards. In October 2017, she was appointed Chairwoman of the Development Board of Métropole du Grand Paris.

Thibaut Ancely Executive Director Investments and Development

Thibault Ancely is an Essec MBA graduate and brings 14 years’ experience of finance and real estate. In 2001, Thibault joined Capital One Bank, where he held various positions in Paris, London and Milan, before moving to Unibail Rodamco in 2005 as Investment Director for its office division. In 2007, he was appointed Country Head - Director for France at Horizon Investment Management, going on to become a partner in this company. Following the sale of Horizon Investment Management to the multi asset-class manager Henderson Global Investors in 2012, then the acquisition of Henderson’s property business by US pension fund TIAA-CREF in 2014, he was appointed President of TH Real Estate for France. Thibault Ancely joined Gecina in july 2016 as Executive Director of Investment and Development.

Valérie Britay Executive Director Offices

Valérie Britay

Valérie Britay, 54, has a master in management and a postgraduate DESS in marketing from Paris-Dauphine University, and is a seasoned professional in commercial real estate industry. She has been with Unibail-Rodamco since 2005, serving as Commercial Director then Deputy Managing Director of the Office division, before being appointed Managing Director Retail France. Valérie Britay joined Gecina in july 2017 as the executive director of its Office division.

Sabine Desnault Sabine Desnault Executive Director R&D, Innovation and CSR

Sabine Desnault

With a master’s in energy economics from IFP School and a master’s in real estate management from ESSEC, Sabine Desnault, 44, began her career with Renault in 1996, where she was notably Head of Real Estate Projects until 2008. She then moved to the Nexity Group as Sustainable Development Director and Innovation Coordinator, before joining Stimergy in 2015 as Executive Director Marketing and Development. In 2016, she founded Innawak, a business consultancy focused on local sustainable innovation and regional development. Sabine Desnault will be joining Gecina as Executive Director R&D, Innovation and CSR from September 2018.

Nicolas Dutreuil Executive Director Finance

Nicolas Dutreuil

A Dauphine and Sorbonne graduate, with a postgraduate DESS in banking and finance, as well as a postgraduate DESCF in accounting and finance, Nicolas Dutreuil began his career at KPMG Audit, before moving to the Investment Banking Department at Calyon, where he stayed from 1999 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was Head of Operations and Finance for Dolmea Real Estate, then Head of Investment Banking at Crédit Suisse. From 2009 to 2013, Nicolas Dutreuil was Deputy Finance Director at Icade, where his responsibilities included mergers-acquisitions, financing, cash management and investor relations. Nicolas Dutreuil joined Gecina in September 2013 as Chief Financial Officer.

Julien Landfried Executive Director Communications and Public Affairs

Julien Landfried

Julien Landfried, 40, graduated from HEC Paris in 2002 and began his career as Marketing Director with the CFPJ school of journalism. He later moved to Ineum Consulting (2004-2006), then worked for the French daily Marianne, heading up internet activities. From 2009 to 2012, he was Executive Director of Paris Tech Review, an online magazine linked to the Paris Tech engineering schools group. In 2013, he joined Publicis Consultants’ Influence division as a Partner, providing communications advisory services for many different companies, particularly in the real estate sector. Julien Landfried joined Gecina in December 2017 and was previously Chief of Staff and Public Affairs, reporting to Méka Brunel, Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Franck Lirzin Franck Lirzin Executive Director Residential

Franck Lirzin

A Polytechnique graduate and Ecole des Mines engineer, Franck Lirzin has held various positions with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, notably in the Budget Department. His career path since 2006 has taken him successively from the RATP to the cabinet of the French Minister for Economic Affairs, Emmanuel Macron, and Société Générale Asset Management. Previously Deputy Chief of Staff for the French Secretary of State for Industry, Digital and Innovation, Franck joined Gecina as Executive Director Residential in 2017.

Philippe Valade General Secretary

Philippe Valade

Philippe Valade began his career in banking and then joined the LVMH group, where he spent 10 years as Human Resources Development Director for Cognac Henessy, then Human Resources Director for Kenzo in its fashion and perfume operations. He then joined the PPR group, where he served for five years as Human Resources Director for the credit and financial services division. More recently, he was HR Director for Fauchon. Philippe Valade joined Gecina in 2008 as Director of Human Resources, before becoming General Secretary in 2011.

Frédéric Vern Executive director legal affairs

Frédéric Vern

Frédéric Vern is a Sciences-Po Paris graduate, a qualified attorney and an associate professor at Sciences-Po Paris. Following several years as a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2002-2007) and Mayer Brown (2007-2010), he joined Ivanhoé Cambridge Europe in May 2010, serving as Vice President Legal Affairs Europe. In 2017, Frédéric Vern joined Gecina to head up all corporate and real estate legal functions, as well as the Board’s secretary’s office.

CYRIL MESCHERIAKOFF Executive Director Risks and Internal Audit

CYRIL MESCHERIAKOFF

An HEI engineer, Cyril Mescheriakoff, 46, began his career in 1996 with IBM, which he joined as a Digital Innovation Project Manager. Alongside this, he completed his training with a master’s in business administration from IAE, before moving into consulting with Price Waterhouse Coopers from 1999 to 2005, where he was Senior Manager in charge of Operational Strategy for the financial services sector. In 2006, he joined the investment banking arm of Société Générale, where he held several sales and management roles, before being appointed Head of Group Internal Audit for Capital Markets and Asset Management in 2014.

STATUTORY AUDITORS

INCUMBENT

Represented by Baptiste Kalasz

Partner

Represented by Jean-Baptiste Deschryver

Partner

DEPUTY

Jean-Christophe Georghiou

Gilles Rainaut

LEGAL INFORMATION

Company name:
Gecina
 
Registered office:
16, rue des Capucines, 75002 Paris, France
 
Legal form:
French limited company (Société Anonyme), governed by Articles L. 225-1 et seq and R. 210-1 et seq of the French commercial code (Code de commerce) and all subsequent legislation.
 
Governing law: 
French law.
 
Company incorporation and life:
The Company was incorporated on February 23, 1959 for a period of 99 years, ending February 22, 2058.

Trade and company register:
Paris trade and company register no. 592014476
 
SIRET identification number:
No.: 59201447600150
 
APE code: 6820A
 
Financial year:
The financial year runs for 12 months from January 1 through to December 31.

By laws:

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Board of Directors' Internal Regulations : 

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