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 14 members, including 2 Employee Directors and 6 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 & Chief Executive Officer as Chairman of the board 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 Chairman & Chief Executive Officer is granted full powers to act in the name and on behalf of the Company in all circumstances.
Information about the directors
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. On 11 February 2015, the board appointed Mr Alexandre Ricard Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard
Graduate of École Polytechnique and 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 until the end of its mandate on 11 February 2015. He has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since 29 August 2012.
Mr Pierre Pringuet is Chairman of the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) (French Association of Private Enterprises).
He was also appointed chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association and Chairman of the board of AgroParis tech.
He holds the ranks of Knight of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Officer of the Mérite Agricole.
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, then Chairman and CEO of Pernod (a French subsidiary of Pernod Ricard) in July 2009.
The 1 July 2015, Mr César Giron is appointed Chairman and CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët (MMPJ).
Mr César Giron is a grand son of Mr Paul Ricard, founder of société Ricard.
- 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.
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.
Veronica Vargas, of Spanish nationality, received a MEng degree in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros (Seville, Spain) having completed her degree in France at ECP (Ecole Centrale Paris).
She started her professional career beginning of 2007 at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in Paris as part of the “Strategic and Acquisition Finance” team. In 2009 she joined the London team, where she continues to be involved in advising clients on all aspects related to the optimisation of their capital structure, as well executing strategic transactions to support the clients’ key business needs, including acquisitions, spin-offs or share buybacks.Veronica Vargas is one of the great-granddaughters of Mr Paul Ricard.
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.
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.
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.
Mr Ian Gallienne has been Managing 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 Rhône 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 Managing Director until 2012. He has been a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 2009, Imerys since 2010, Lafarge since 2011 and SGS since 2013.
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).
Mr Gilles Samyn is a Commercial Engineer and a graduate of the University of Brussels (ULB) - Solvay Business School, where he has held research and teaching posts since 1969. He began his professional career as an advisor to the Belgian Co-operative Movement before joining Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1974. After a year as an independent consultant, in 1983 he joined the Frère-Bourgeois group, where he is currently Managing Director.
Ms Kory Sorenson is a British citizen born in the United States. She holds a Masters degree in Corporate Finance and the International Capital Markets from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, a Masters degree in Applied Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science and Econometrics from the American University in Washington, D.C. In 2013, she completed the Harvard Business School’s executive education program, Making Corporate Boards More Effective. She speaks fluent French.
Ms Kory Sorenson has made her career in finance, with a focus on strategy and the management of capital and risk.
In 1992, she began her career in finance at Total SA and then in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. She then joined Credit Suisse where she led the team in charge of the financial markets specialising in insurance before leading the team in charge of debt markets for financial institutions in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands for Lehman Brothers.
From 2005 to 2010, Ms Kory Sorenson held the position of Managing Director, Head of Insurance Capital Markets at Barclays Capital in London, where her team conducted innovative transactions in capital management, mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity transactions, hybrid capital and risk management for major insurance companies.
Ms Kory Sorenson holds the following directorships:
- Director of Phœnix Group Holdings* (UK).
- Director of SCOR SE* (France).
- Member of the Supervisory Board of UNIQA Insurance Group AG* (Austria).
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Institut Pasteur, a non-profit, private foundation.
* Listed company
Ms Kory Sorenson is a member of Women Corporate Directors (Paris chapter) and the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA).
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.
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.