Board of directors
Cyril Poidatz, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Before joining the Iliad Group in 1998, Cyril Poidatz had been working for Cap Gemini for ten years. In his role as Chief Financial Officer at Cap Gemini Italia for several years, he was mainly responsible for restructuring Cap Gemini's Italian divisions. Cyril Poidatz began his career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand.
Xavier Niel, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors & Chief Strategy Officer
Xavier Niel is the Iliad Group's majority shareholder and founder. He has been involved in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. In 1993, before dedicating himself full-time to developing the Group, he founded Worldnet, the first Internet service provider in France, which was sold to Kaptech (LDCom Group) in December 2000. He has been responsible for the Group's major strategic developments, from the launch of the ANNU service and the development of Internet access services based on France Télécom’s repayment scheme as a financial model to the launch of the Freebox project.
Maxime Lombardini, Chief Executive Officer
Maxime Lombardini is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the board of Iliad since 2007. Before joining Iliad, Maxime Lombardini use to work for the Bouygues Group. From 1989, he had been General Secretary of TPS (satellite TV), Head of business development for TF1 and Chief Executive Officer of TF1 Production. Maxime Lombardini is graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a Master's degree in business and tax law from Paris II University.
Thomas Reynaud, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development
Prior to joining Iliad, Thomas Reynaud was a Managing Director in Equity Capital Markets at Société Générale, responsible for the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector. He started his career at Société Générale, worked in both the Paris and New York offices, leading numerous transactions in connection with IPOs, privatisations and equity and debt offerings. In the last five years, Thomas Reynaud had worked closely with Iliad as an advisor, notably managing the Group’s IPO in 2004 and convertible bond issue in 2006. He joined the Group during the summer of 2007 as head of business development and member of the management committee before becoming chief financial officer of Iliad in January 2008. Thomas Reynaud is a graduate of HEC and New York University.
Antoine Levavasseur, Information Systems Director
Antoine Levavasseur has a degree in engineering from the French engineering school, EFREI. He joined Iliad in 1999 as manager of Free’s system platform and servers. Since 1999, he has been involved in developing the information system for subscriber management and in operating and developing the email platforms, Web servers and applications used by subscribers.
Olivier Rosenfeld, Board member.
Olivier Rosenfeld began his career in Merrill Lynch's investment banking division, where he was notably took part in various privatisation deals prior to joining the Goldman Sachs team in charge of primary issues in New York and Hong Kong. Olivier Rosenfeld acted as Iliad Group's Chief financial officer from January 2001 to january 2008, he is a member of the Audit Committee of Iliad. Olivier Rosenfeld sits on the Board of Directors of Monaco Telecom and Salt Mobile (Switzerland). He is a graduate of the Solvay Business School.
Pierre Pringuet, Independent Board member.
Pierre Pringuet has been Chief Executive Officer of Pernod-Ricard since 5 November 2008. He began his career in 1975 in the French civil service at the Ministry for Industry, before transferring to the department of Michel Rocard, Minister for Economic and Regional Planning (1981-1983) and Minister for Agriculture (1983), as technical advisor. He was then given responsibility for the farming and food-processing industries at the Ministry of Agriculture (1985-1987). Pierre Pringuet joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as Development Manager, Managing Director of the Société pour l’Exportation des Grandes Marques (SGEM) and then served as Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe from 1997. In 2000, he joined the corporate headquarters as Pernod Ricard’s Deputy CEO and was appointed Board Member of Pernod Ricard on 17 May 2004. Pierre Pringuet is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines.
Marie-Christine Levet, Independent Board member.
Marie-Christine Levet has been Chief Executive Officer of Tests Group since October 2008 (Nextradio TV Group), where she is responsible for all of the Group’s Internet and press magazine operations. Marie-Christine Levet began her career with Accenture, before joining Disney and then Pepsico in marketing and strategy positions. Over the past ten years, Marie-Christine Levet has gained a wealth of experience in the internet and telecom sectors. In 1997, she founded Lycos France and raised it to second place among French portals in 2000. In 2001, after it was purchased by Deutsche Telekom, she took over as Chairman of Club-Internet until July 2007. Among other achievements, she was responsible for the significant growth in broadband content and services. From 2004 to 2005, Marie-Christine Levet was also chairperson of the A.F.A (Association of Internet Service Providers), which represents the interests of all market players with respect to the public authorities. Marie-Christine Levet holds a degree from HEC and an MBA from INSEAD.
Virginie Calmels, Independent Board member.
Virginie Calmels is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Endemol France (since October 2007) and Chairman of Endemol Développement (since September 2006). Virginie Calmels started her career in 1993 with the Salustro Reydel practice as Financial Auditor, and subsequently as Assignment Manager. In 1998, she joined Canal+ Group as Chief Financial Officer of NC Numéricable, then Administrative and Financial Manager of Sky Gate BV in Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 2000, she became Chief Financial Officer for the group’s international division and development division, prior to her appointments as Chief Financial Officer of Canal+ SA (2000-2002), as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and subsequently as joint Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the TV network. In 2003, Virginie Calmels joined Endemol France Group as Chief Executive Officer, before being appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in October 2007. She has also been Vice-Chairman of Spect, the French TV show producer and creator association since its creation in 2004, and a member of CEPS (French strategic study and forecast centre) since 2004. Virginie Calmels is a graduate of the Toulouse ESC (higher business school), a qualified and certified accountant and Statutory Auditor, and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) of the European Business Administration Institute (INSEAD).
Orla Noonan, Independant Board member.
Orla Noonan has been acting as Director and Corporate Secretary of the AB Group since 1999. She is now in charge of all of AB Group’s financial and regulatory matters. She is also the chairman of the TV channel NT1 since DTT was launched in France in 2005. Orla Noonan started her career in investment banking with Salomon Brothers in London, where she participated in several M&A transactions, in particular in the telecom and media sectors. She joined the AB Group in 1996. She was first responsible for IPOs in New York and Paris and subsequently oversaw acquisitions, including the takeover of the RTL9 and TMC TV channels. Orla Noonan is a graduate of HEC and Trinity College Dublin.