Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr. Sauvaire has been a Director and the Chief Executive Officer of EUROCEMENT Holding AG since April 2008. In 1989, Mr. Sauvaire started his career within the tax and legal department of KPMG S.A., where he gained the management of the Geneva tax and legal department in 1995. Mr. Sauvaire was appointed in the partnership in 1997. In addition, he was elected at the board of directors of this company in 2002, and was a member of the remuneration committee, until its resignation in March 2008, after more than 18 years of service.
Mr. Sauvaire was involved in acquisition and financing of large stakes in listed companies. During his career, he was advising and structuring various investments and divestments in Switzerland and abroad, mainly on the tax side, and was participating to many due diligences and merger process.
Mr. Thierry Sauvaire is a graduate from the Geneva law school, a Swiss attorney-at-law and a Swiss certified tax advisor.
Jurgen van Breukelen
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. van Breukelen is a Managing Partner of Gilde Equity Management. Having spent his military service as a lieutenant in the Royal Dutch Army, he joined KPMG in 1994. In 2000, at the age of 31, he became partner at KPMG, and from 2003 to 2007 he was Head of Corporate Finance in the Netherlands. In 2007 he joined the Board of Management of KPMG, being responsible for Advisory as well as for Clients & Markets. From 2012 to 2014 he acted as CEO and Country Senior Partner of KPMG in the Netherlands. During his professional career Mr. van Breukelen has held a number of senior executive roles at KPMG International, including serving on the boards of KPMG Europe, Middle East & Africa and then, until 2014, as a member of the Global Executive Team and Global Board of KPMG International. At the Global Board he chaired KPMG’s Global Quality & Risk Committee. He is a member of the supervisory board of Stichting Alzheimer Nederland and Urus Group LLC and a Director of VGG Holdco B.V. In addition, he is an Advisory Board Member of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and of Ponooc B.V. Until 2018, he was also a Senior Adviser at the private equity fund Permira Advisers LLP and a Senior Adviser to the investment bank of Barclays Bank PLC.
Mr. van Breukelen holds a Master Degree in Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Besnier has dedicated most of his professional career to the industry of telecommunications. He has begun his career in 1981 as regional commercial director of Poitou-Charentes at France Telecom (Orange). From 1985 onwards, he started performing commercial functions for France Telecom at a national level. From 1989 to 1992, he was in charge of setting up and managing a subsidiary of France Telecom in the South-West of France, Atlantic Telecâble. From 1992 to 2000, he was the CEO of France Telecom Câble. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Besnier managed the French subsidiary of UPC, first as managing director and then as CEO. In 2005, he became the CEO of Numericable and performed his duties in this function until 2008. Mr. Besnier has also been engaged in the defence of the cable networks industry in professional organisations.
Mr. Besnier holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Nantes and is a graduate from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and from the Ecole Nationale des Postes et Télécommunications.
Mr. Paulmier is a senior partner, member of the executive committee and investment committee at Cinven, a European private equity firm with offices in London, Guernsey, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Luxembourg, Madrid and Hong Kong. In 1999, Mr. Paulmier joined Cinven and has since then been involved in a large number of major transactions. As head of the Paris office, Mr. Paulmier is responsible for the French regional team and he is a member of the Business Services, Healthcare and Technology, Media and Telecom Sector team. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Paulmier was an investment director at Pallas Finance, a private equity firm based in Paris which became Electra Partners in 1995. Prior to that, Mr. Paulmier worked as a research and development engineer with Roussel-Uclaf, now part of Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Paulmier has an MBA from INSEAD Business School. He also holds a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the École Normale Supérieure and a MSc in Molecular Biology from the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Besides that, he was a Tower Fellow at Harvard University.