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Co-leader in the Wines & Spirits sector worldwide, Pernod Ricard has established itself as number one in the Premium segment. It operates through 80 affiliates and has chosen to focus on sustainable growth through a large portfolio of international brands and a high-end strategy, known as Premiumisation.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the Group’s governance in strict compliance with standards of ethics and transparency. Bringing together individuals with complementary backgrounds, it ensures adherence to the strategy and guarantees management in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.

Board of Directors

First row, from left to right:
Nicole Bouton, Pierre Pringuet, Danièle Ricard, Michel Chambaud

Second row, from left to right:
Wolfgang Colberg, Paul-Charles Ricard, François Gérard, Ian Gallienne, Susan Murray, Laurent Burelle, César Giron, Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza,
Alexandre Ricard, Anders Narvinger


Boards of directors

The Board of Directors determines the orientations of the Company’s activities and oversees their application. It seizes upon any issue regarding the operations of the Company, within the boundaries of its corporate purpose and subject to the powers expressly granted to the Shareholders Meeting.

Organisation and method of operation

The Board of Directors is comprised of 16 members, including 2 Employee Directors and 7 independent Directors. Pernod Ricard applies the independence criteria provided for in the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance Code. The Internal Regulations of the Board specifies its method of operation. The Chairman of the Board of Directors organises and directs the Board’s operations and reports these developments back to the Shareholders’ Meeting. 
He ensures in particular that the Directors are in a position to fulfill their duties. The Chief Executive Officer and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer are granted full powers to act in the name and on behalf of the Company in all circumstances.


Independent directors

Employee Directors

Information about the directors

  • Danièle Ricard
Danièle Ricard
Member of the Management team and Director of Société Ricard between 1967 and 1975, Ms Danièle Ricard has sat on the Board of Directors of Société Ricard, now Pernod Ricard, since 1969. She was Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Société Paul Ricard until 2004 and became Chairwoman of Société Paul Ricard’s Management Board in 2005.
Ms Danièle Ricard is a daughter of Mr Paul Ricard, the founder of the Société Ricard.
Ms Danièle Ricard was appointed Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Pernod Ricard by the Board of Directors on 29 August 2012.
  • Pierre Pringuet
Pierre Pringuet

Graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines, Mr Pierre Pringuet started his career in the French civil service. He was Advisor to government minister Michel Rocard from 1981 to 1985, before being given responsibility for the farming and food processing industries at the Ministry of Agriculture. He joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as Development Director, playing an active role in the Group’s international development and holding the positions of Managing Director of Société pour l’Exportation de Grandes Marques (1987-1996) and then Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe (1997-2000).
In 2000, he joined Mr Patrick Ricard at the Holding Company as one of Pernod Ricard’s two joint CEOs, together with Richard Burrows. He was appointed Director of Pernod Ricard in 2004 and led the successful acquisition of Allied Domecq in 2005 and its subsequent integration . In December 2005 , he became the Group’s sole Managing Director. In 2008, he carried out the acquisition of Vin&Sprit (V&S) and its brand ABSOLUT Vodka which completed Pernod Ricard’s international development. Following the withdrawal of Mr Patrick Ricard from his operational duties, Mr Pierre Pringuet was appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard on 5 November 2008, and was also appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors by the Board on 29 August 2012.
Mr Pierre Pringuet is also Chairman of the Sully Committee, which promotes the French food processing industry, and was appointed Chairman of the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) (French Association of Private Enterprises) on 29 June 2012.
He holds the ranks of Knight of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Officer of the Mérite Agricole.
  • Alexandre Ricard
Alexandre Ricard

Mr Alexandre Ricard is a graduate of ESCP, the Wharton School of Business (MBA majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship) and of the University of Pennsylvania (MA in International Studies). After working for seven years outside the Group, for Accenture (Management and Consulting) and Morgan Stanley (Mergers and Acquisitions Consulting), he joined the Pernod Ricard group in 2003, in the Audit and Development Department of the Holding Company.
At the end of 2004, he became the Administrative and Financial Director of Irish Distillers Group, and then CEO of Pernod Ricard Asia Duty Free in September 2006. In July 2008, he was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Irish Distillers Group and became a member of Pernod Ricard’s Executive Committee. In September 2011, he joined the Group General Management as Managing Director, Distribution Network and became a member of the Executive Board. Mr Alexandre Ricard was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Directors on 29 August 2012. He was the permanent representative of Société Paul Ricard (a member of the Board) , from 2 November 2009 until 29 August 2012, at which time he was co-opted as Director of Pernod Ricard.
Mr Alexandre Ricard is a grandson of Mr Paul Ricard, the founder of Société Ricard.
  • François Gérard
François Gérard
A graduate of ESSEC (1962) and holder of an MBA from Columbia University (1964), Mr François Gérard exercised his skills as a financial analyst with Lazard France (Paris) from 1965 to 1968. He then entered the Wines & Spirits sector when he joined Dubonnet Cinzano. Between 1976 and 1985, he was CEO and then Chairman and CEO of Cusenier. In 1986, he became Chairman and CEO of SIAS MPA, a position he held until 2001.
  • César Giron
César Giron
A graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon, Mr César Giron joined the Pernod Ricard group in 1987 where he has spent his entire career. In 2000, he was appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard Swiss before becoming Chairman and CEO of Wyborowa SA in Poland in December 2003.
Since 1 July 2009, Mr César Giron has been Chairman and CEO of Pernod, a French subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.
Mr César Giron is the son of Ms Danièle Ricard, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Pernod Ricard.
  • Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza
Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza

Mrs Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza is a graduate of the ICADE Jesuit Business School in Madrid and holds a PhD in Marketing from Valencia University. From 1991 to 1992, she worked in the Marketing Department of KP Foods (part of the British United Biscuits group).
She then pursued her career in the academic world and held various functions in the Faculty of Business Studies at the Universidad Politecnica of Valencia, notably as Director of the Marketing Department and head of the International Bureau. In 2004, she joined the Catholic University of Valencia where she held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies until 2008. Since November 2008, Ms Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza has been researcher in consumer behaviour and a lecturer in international masters programmes (MBA) and other diplomas in the Marketing Department of Valencia University.
In addition, Ms Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza is a member of the Spanish Marketing Association, the French Marketing Association and the American Marketing Association.
  • Paul-Charles Ricard
Jean-Charles Ricard

Mr Paul-Charles Ricard graduated from Euromed Marseille Business School, with a Masters in Management Science, and from Panthéon-Assas Paris 2 University with a Masters 2 in Communications (Media Law) as well as a Masters in Business Law. He joined Pernod Ricard in 2008 as Internal Auditor in the Audit and Business Development Department of the Holding Company. In 2010, Mr Paul-Charles Ricard was appointed G.H. Mumm International Brand Manager at Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët.
Mr Paul-Charles Ricard is a grandson of Mr Paul Ricard, the founder of Société Ricard .
He has been the permanent representative of Société Paul Ricard (a member of the Board) since 29 August 2012.
  • Nicole Bouton
Nicole Bouton

Mrs Nicole Bouton is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. From 1970 to 1984, she held the positions of Sub-Manager and then Deputy Manager in the Central Administration of Crédit Commercial de France. From 1984 to 1996, Ms Nicole Bouton went on to hold the positions of Deputy Manager, Manager and finally Managing Director of Lazard Frères et Cie and Lazard Frères Gestion. In 1996, she was appointed member of the Executive Committee of Banque NSMD (ABN AMRO France group) and became Vice Chairman responsible for Institutional and Bank Clients before being appointed Member of the Management Board in 2000.
She also took up the duties of Vice Chairman of the ABN AMRO France Holding Company the same year. She was appointed Chairman of the Management Board and then Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Asset Allocation Advisors and Chairman of the Banque du Phénix, which she merged with B anque NSMD in October 1998. Ms Nicole Bouton left ABN AMRO in 2001, and in 2002, she founded Financière Centuria Group, which she chaired until June 2010. In this capacity, she chairs several subsidiaries including Financière Accréditée, which was acquired in 2006. She is also Director of several other subsidiaries in the Financière Centuria group. At the end of June 2010, she sold her shares in Centuria and remains Chairman of Financière Accréditée. She was appointed Chairman of the Strategy Committee of Friedland Gestion, an investment management company, alongside two new partners.
  • Laurent Burelle
Laurent Burelle
Mr Laurent Burelle holds a degree in engineering from the Zurich Federal Polytechnic School (Switzerland) as well as a Master of Sciences from MIT (United States). He spent his entire career with Compagnie Plastic Omnium, including as Chairman and CEO of Plastic Omnium Spain from 1977 to 1981 and Vice Chairman and CEO of Compagnie Plastic Omnium from 1981 to 2001. In 2001, Mr Laurent Burelle was appointed Chairman and CEO of Compagnie Plastic Omnium. He is also a Director of the Jacques Chirac Foundation for disabled children.
  • Wolfgang Colberg
Wolfgang Colberg

Mr Wolfgang Colberg holds a PhD in Political Science, in addition to qualifications in Business Administration and Business Informatics. He has spent his entire career in the Robert Bosch group and BSH group.
After joining the Robert Bosch group in 1988, he held a post in Corporate Strategy, Control and M&A (Head Office), and then went on to become Head of Business Administration at the Göttingen production site (1990-1993), Section Head in Economic Planning and Control (Head Office) (1993-1994), before being appointed General Manager for the Group’s Turkey and Central Asia subsidiary. In 1996, he was appointed Senior Vice-President – Central Purchasing and Logistics (Head Office).
Between 2001 and 2009, Mr Wolfgang Colberg was Chief Financial Officer at BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH and member of the Executive Committee. Since 2009, he has been Chief Financial Officer of Evonik Industries AG as well as a member of the Executive Committee.
  • Michel Chambaud
Michel Chambaud

A graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (1973) and the Paris Institut d’Études Politiques (1975) with a PhD in Tax Law (1977), Mr Michel Chambaud was a Strategic Consultant at Arthur D. Little and held different teaching positions in Finance until 1978. From then until 1982, he was a consultant for African development banks under contract with the World Bank, concurrently founding Surf System (press group including the magazines Surf Session, Body Board Air Force and Surfer’s Journal).
In 1982, he joined the Schlumberger Group, where he was Chief Financial Officer in France, the United States and then Japan.
Mr Michel Chambaud has taken part in the development of the Pargesa-GBL group since 1987, holding positions in the holding companies alternately with operational positions in subsidiaries. Until 1996 he was Deputy Managing Director in charge of equity investment at Parfinance (Holding Company listed in France, subsidiary of Pargesa), and from 1996 to 2003, he was a member of the Management Board of Imerys, in charge of finance and strategy. He is currently Investments Manager of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.
  • Ian Gallienne
Ian Gallienne
Mr Ian Gallienne has been Deputy Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since January 2012. He graduated in Management and Administration, with a major in Finance, from the ESDE Business School in Paris and obtained an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. From 1998 to 2005, he was Manager of the private equity funds Rhô ne Capital LLC in New York and London. In 2005, he founded the private equity funds Ergon Capital Partners I, II and III, of which he was Deputy Director until 2012. He has been a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 2009, Imerys since 2010, Lafarge since 2011 and SGS since 2013. .
  • Susan Murray
Susan Murray

Ms Susan Murray is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, Compass Group Plc and Enterprise Inns Plc. Ms Susan Murray was a Board member of Littlewoods Limited from October 1998 until January 2004, and then CEO of Littlewoods Stores Limited.
Previously , she was Worldwide Chairman and CEO of The Pierre Smirnoff Company, part of Diageo Plc. Whilst at Diageo, she was the first Chairman of the International Center for Alcohol Policies in Washington DC. Ms Susan Murray is also a former Non-Executive Director of WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc, SSL International Plc and a former director and council member of the Advertising Standards Authority and the Portman Group complaints panel. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Anders Narvinger
Anders Narvinger
Mr Anders Narvinger, former CEO of ABB Sweden and the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alfa Laval AB (Swedish engineering company), Coor Service Management Group AB (service management) and Capio AB (healthcare). Mr Anders Narvinger holds degrees in engineering and economics and is a member of the Board of Directors of JM AB (building and construction), ÅF AB (technology consulting) and Deputy Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (Sweden).
  • Manousos Charkoftakis
Manousos Charkoftakis
Mr. Manousos Charkoftakis joined the Pernod Ricard group in 1998 within Pernod Ricard Hellas, its Greek affiliate. In 2002, he was appointed Area Sales Manager for Crete and the Aegean Islands. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration and he is also member of the Greek Management Association.
Mr. Manousos Charkoftakis is an Employee Director since the Board of Directors meeting held on January 21st, 2014, following its designation by the European Works Council on November 28th, 2013.
  • Sylvain Carré
Sylvain Carré
Mr. Sylvain Carré joined the Pernod Ricard group in 1988 within its affiliate Pernod as a highly skilled worker in distillation and new products. In 1993, he was appointed Bottling Line Supervisor. Since 2002, he is Production Team Manager at Pernod’s Thuir facilities.
Mr. Sylvain Carré is an Employee Director since the Board of Directors meeting held on January 21st, 2014, following its designation by the group committee (France) on December 2nd, 2013.