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Prior to becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors, Maxime Lombardini was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Iliad Group from 2007 to 2018. Before joining Iliad, he worked for the Bouygues group in which he held successive positions from 1989 as General Secretary of TPS (satellite television), Development Director of TF1 and Chief Executive Officer of TF1 Production. Maxime is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holds a post-graduate degree in corporate and tax law from the University of Paris II.


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.


Thomas Reynaud is Chief Executive Officer of the Iliad Group. He has been with Iliad since 2007, propelling it forward in its role as a maverick in the French telecoms sector. He joined the Company as Head of Business Development before becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and then a Senior Vice-President in 2010, tasked with structuring the Group's growth. Before embarking on the Iliad adventure, Thomas began his career in New York in 1997 and then held the position of Managing Director in charge of the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector at Société Générale, where he advised European companies on their business development, and notably Iliad at the time of its IPO. Thomas is a graduate of HEC business school and New York University.


Before joining Iliad in 1998, Cyril Poidatz worked for ten years at Cap Gemini. For several years he served as Finance Director for Cap Gemini Italia, leading the restructuring of Cap Gemini’s Italian divisions. In his new role within Iliad he will participate in creating the Group’s Corporate Secretary’s Department.


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.

Virginie Calmels, Independent Board member.

Virginie Calmels is a graduate of Toulouse École Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) and holds a post-graduate degree in accounting and finance (DESCF). She is also a certified accountant and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) of INSEAD. In March 2014, she was elected Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux in charge of the Economy, Employment and Sustainable Growth, working alongside Alain Juppé (Mayor). She is also a local councilor (Conseillère communautaire) in the Bordeaux region, where in December 2015 she was elected Vice-President in charge of major commercial development sites. In addition, since December 13, 2015 she has been a councilor (Conseillère régionale) for the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes region. Since January 8, 2013, Ms. Calmels has chaired the Supervisory Boards of Euro Disney and Euro Disney Associés S.C.A., of which she has been a member since March 2011. She has also been Vice-Chairman of the CEPS research center since July 2009, a director and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Iliad (Free) since June 2009, and a director of Technicolor since May 2014. She also founded SHOWer Company which she has chaired since April 2013. Virginie Calmels began her career in 1993 within the audit fi rm Salu stro Reydel. She then worked with the Canal+ group between 1998 and 2003, holding the positions of Finance Director of NC Numericable, Finance Director of the Canal+ group’s international and development divisions and subsequently Chief Financial Offi cer of Canal+ S.A. before being appointed as the group’s Deputy Chief Executive Offi cer and then joint Chief Operating Offi cer. Ms. Calmels joined Endemol France in 2003 as CEO and was appointed Chairman and CEO in October 2007. She became CEO of Endemol Monde in May 2012 while remaining Chairman of Endemol France before resigning from these positions in mid-January 2013. Ms. Calmels is also a member of the “Le Siècle” think-tank and has been awarded the title of Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit.

Marie-Christine Levet, Independent Board member.

Marie-Christine Levet holds a degree from HEC business school and an MBA from the Institut européen d’administration des affaires (INSEAD). She began her career at Accenture before joining Disney and then Pepsico where she held marketing and strategy positions. Over the last ten years, Ms. Levet has gained a wealth of experience in the Internet and telecoms sector. In 1997 she founded Lycos France and raised it to the position of the second-leading French portal in 2000. In 2001 she took on the role of Chairman of Club-Internet following its acquisition by Deutsche Telekom. In this position – which she held until July 2007 – she significantly developed Club-Internet’s broadband content and services offerings. From 2004 to 2005 she also chaired the French Association of Internet Service Providers (Association des Fournisseurs d’Accès), which represents the interests of market players vis à vis the public authorities. Between 2008 and 2010, Ms. Levet managed the hi-tech information group, Tests, and the Internet business of the NextRadioTV group. Between 2010 and 2014 she held the position of Associate Director of Jaïna Capital, the leading investment fund specialized in seed funding for entrepreneurs. Marie-Christine Levet is the founding member of LER (Les Entrepreneurs Réunis), a company that partners the development of start-ups in the web-based and new technology sectors (Instant Luxe, Avanquest, AssurOne, etc.).

Orla Noonan, Independant Board member.

Orla Noonan graduated from Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) with a BA in Economics in 1992 and from HEC business school in Paris (France) in 1994. She began her career with the investment bank Salomon Brothers in London, working particularly in the media and telecoms sector.
In 1996 Orla joined Groupe AB, working first on its IPO in New York and Paris and then managing its M&As, notably its purchases of the RTL9 and TMC television channels and TF1’s acquisition of a minority stake in Groupe AB. She subsequently took on responsibility for all of Groupe AB’s financial and regulatory matters, while at the same time remaining involved in its business development, which included the launch of a DTT offering (she was Chair of the NT1 television channel from its formation in 2005 until its sale in 2010).
Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Groupe AB in 2014, she led its strategy of acquiring other independent production companies, which reinforced Groupe AB’s position as a leading producer and distributor of audiovisual content in French-speaking Europe.
In 2009, Orla Noonan joined the Board of Directors of Iliad – the parent company of Free – as an independent director.
In 2017, following Mediawan's acquisition of Groupe AB, she became a member of Mediawan's Strategy Committee, and then an independent director of Schibsted (the shareholder group of Le Bon Coin). She also became an independent director of SMCP (Sandro Maje Claudie Pierlot) and Chair of SMCP's Audit Committee.
In September 2018, Orla Noonan stepped down as Groupe AB's Chief Executive Officer and was named Chair of the Board of Directors of MPI, a new company created to integrate Schibsted's international operations before its IPO.

Pierre Pringuet, Independent Board member.

Ancien élève de l’École polytechnique et ingénieur au corps des mines, Pierre Pringuet débute sa carrière dans la fonction publique. Il fut conseiller du ministre Michel Rocard de 1981 à 1985 avant de se voir confi er la responsabilité des industries agricoles et alimentaires au ministère de l’Agriculture. Il rejoint Pernod Ricard comme directeur du Développement en 1987, jouant un rôle majeur dans le développement du Groupe en Asie. Il est nommé directeur général de la SEGM (Société pour l’Exportation des Grandes Marques) de 1989 à 1996, puis président-directeur général de Pernod Ricard Europe de 1997 à 2000. En 2000, il rejoint Patrick Ricard à la holding en qualité de co-directeur général avec Richard Burrows. En 2004, il devient administrateur du Groupe. Il mène avec succès l’acquisition et l’intégration d’Allied Domecq en 2005. En décembre suivant, il devient l’unique directeur Général Délégué du Groupe. En 2008, Pierre Pringuet a mené l’acquisition de Vin&Spirit (V&S) et de sa marque ABSOLUT vodka, ce qui a permis de compléter le développement international de Pernod Ricard. Suite au retrait de Patrick Ricard, Pierre Pringuet est nommé directeur général de Pernod Ricard le 5 novembre 2008 ainsi que vice-président du Conseil d’administration le 29 août 2012. Atteint par la limite d’âge, il a quitté la direction générale du Groupe le 11 février 2015, tout en restant vice-président du Conseil d’administration. Il a été également président du comité Sully (1990 - 2015), qui défend les intérêts de l’industrie agroalimentaire française. En 2012 il devient président de l’Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP). En décembre 2014, Pierre Pringuet a été nommé président de la Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), l’organisme qui représente les intérêts de l’industrie du whisky écossais.

Corinne Vigreux , Independent Board member.

Corinne Vigreux is co-founder of TomTom and Managing Director of the consumer business. Corinne Vigreux is a graduate of the ESSEC Business School (BBA 1987) in Paris. She started her career in London at Psion, one of the first successful European technology start-ups, where she built the company’s international distribution network across the world. In 1991, Corinne Vigreux moved to the Netherlands where together with Harold Goddijn, Peter-Frans Pauwels and Pieter Geelen in 1992 she founded Palmtop Software, which later became TomTom. Assuming responsibility for branding, marketing and sales, she oversaw the change from a B2B software publisher company to a world leading B2C organization. Corinne Vigreux is on the Board of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Netherlands (CFCI), member of the Conseil de Coopération Franco-Néerlandais (CCFN), and president of the Conseiller du Commerce extérieur de la France (CCEF). She is a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and has been voted top fifty most inspirational woman in European tech in 2015 and 2016.

Bertile Burel, Independant Board member

Bertile Burel graduated from Sciences Po Paris in 1996, and in 1997 earned a post graduate degree in international business studies from Paris Dauphine University. She began her career in 1998 at WizArt Software (specialized in client/server applications), where she was responsible for operations in the Benelux region and subsequently Japan and the United States. Then in 2000 she joined TPS (a French satellite television company) as Head of Business Development.In 2004 Bertile founded Wonderbox with her husband, James Blouzard, on their return to France from a six-month round-the-world tour. Wonderbox now employs over 350 people and has been the leader in its market since 2013. It is still growing strongly, led by an overriding aim of always being at the cutting edge of innovation in the leisure industry. Aged 47, Bertile is not only a keen traveler but also has a black belt in karate (2nd Dan).

Ilan Dahan, member representing the employees

Ilan Dahan has been Head of Production Methods for the Iliad Group’s FTTH project since September 2017. In this role he is responsible for liaising between the Group’s various entities in order to optimize the FTTH connection process. Ilan joined Iliad in 2003 as a call center operator and subsequently developed his career within the Group, successively serving as a technician, a network operations supervisor and then Deployment Project Manager and Engineering Project Manager in the Group’s FTTH rollout team. He subsequently headed up the Group's FTTH design office from 2012 through September 2017. Ilan has been an employee-representative member of Iliad's Board of Directors since November 2015.