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. He is a graduate of the Solvay Business School.
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.
A graduate of HEC business school and Trinity College Dublin, Orla Noonan is Chief Executive Offi cer of the AB group. She began her career with the investment bank Salomon Brothers in London, where she participated in several M&A transactions, particularly in the media and telecoms sector. She then joined the AB group in 1996, working fi rst on IPOs in New York and Paris and then on external growth transactions such as the acquisitions of the television channels RTL9 and TMC. She was Chairman of the NT1 television channel from the launch of DTT in France in 2005 until it was sold to TF1 in 2010.
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).