Role of the Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board conducts permanent control over the Company’s management by the Management Board and pays close attention to the quality of the information provided to shareholders and investors.
The Supervisory Board has put in place an internal charter stating the rules governing operation of the Board, the principles underpinning its conduct, the obligations of members of the Company’s Supervisory Board and the modus operandi of the Board and its committees.
The Supervisory Board decided to refer to the corporate governance code for listed companies published by the AFEP and MEDEF in December 2008, as amended in April 2010 and approved by the Autorité des marchés financiers as a reference corporate governance code.
Composition of the Supervisory Board
Birth : 1944
Nationality : American
Patrick Jones is currently Chairman of the board of directors for Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ symbol: LSCC), a fabless semiconductor company, and Dialogic Inc. (NASDAQ symbol: DLGC), which provides solutions for mobile operators that optimize network broadband capacity and enhance communication performance. He also sits on the board of directors of Fluidigm (NASDAQ symbol: FLDM), a creator and manufacturer of integrated fluidic systems for biology, of Adionics S.A., a company specialized in water desalination and industrial water waste treatment, and of Vesta Inc., a designer of electronic payment solutions for the telecommunications industry. In addition, he previously sat on the board of many high-tech firms financed by venture capital investors. From 1998 to 2001, Patrick was Senior Vice President and CFO of Gemplus SA (currently integrated into Gemalto), the smart card market leader, for which he successfully oversaw the initial public offering on the New York and Paris stock exchanges. He had previously served as Vice President for Finance and Corporate Controller at Intel and CFO at LSI Logic, a manufacturer of specialized semiconductors. He began his career as an engineer at IBM, before working for Singer Company in Thailand, France and Singapore. He has an MBA in finance from Saint Louis University (United States) and is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (United States).
Birth : 1965
Nationality : French
Jean Schmitt is Managing Partner of Jolt Capital and Chairman of Hattemer. Before founding JoltTech Capital, from 2001 to 2011 Jean Schmitt was Partner then Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners. Before that, Jean Schmitt had founded several companies, including SLP InfoWare, one of the worldwide leaders in predictive CRM software for the telecommunications sector, which he sold to Gemplus in 2000. He then held the joint roles of CEO of SLP InfoWare and Vice President for Telecoms Solutions & Applications at Gemplus. Jean Schmitt is currently a member on the board of directors of companies such as Heptagon (Singapore) or Fogale Interactive Technologies (Switzerland). He no longer serves on the boards of Myriad (SIX: MYRN) or Authentec since it was sold to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AUTH). Jean Schmitt is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris and holds a postgraduate degree in artificial intelligence. Jean lectures at Telecom ParisTech, Mines ParisTech and at HEC business school.
Muriel Barnéoud serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Docapost (a subsidiary of La Poste group with revenues of €450 million and 4,500 employees) specializing in digital and mobile transition of companies and institutions and an expert in document management, digitalization, and security of electronic communications. Muriel Barnéoud joined the La Poste group in 1994 after an initial experience at Arthur Andersen. She went on to become Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mail with responsibility for production. Muriel Barnéoud was non-executive chairman of two holding companies for the La Poste group’s logistics operations (Viapost and STP). She is the chairman of approximately ten boards of directors within the Docapost group. She also sits on the supervisory committee of Xange Private Equity, La Poste’s private equity company, and on the board of directors of Sofipost, the La Poste group’s holding company. In addition, she is a board member of the Syntec Numérique professional association (vendors committee) and of the Centre National de Référence (CNR) Santé à Domicile et Autonomie (French national organization set up to facilitate the development and use of information technology for health and dependency-related applications) and is also a member of the management committee for the CNAM Abbé Grégoire foundation. Muriel Barnéoud graduated from the IEP Paris and ENSPTT schools and holds a postgraduate diploma in finance and tax.
Birth : 1970
Nationality : French
Catherine Blanchet is a member of the board and chairman of the audit committee of Coheris (Euronext: COH), a CRM and analytics solutions provider. In 2015, she created her own company to support high-growth companies and help them accelerate their development strategy and build durable valuation. Ms. Blanchet began her career in 1994 with Crédit Lyonnais in New York, before joining the bank's international audit department in Paris. From 1998 to 2008, Ms. Blanchet worked with Completel, a B2B telecom operator notably as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in charge of strategic planning, financing and investor relations. From 2009 to 2015, Ms. Blanchet worked with Ingenico (Euronext: ING) as Investor Relations Director to build group visibility and attractiveness within the financial community, and then as Vice-President Investor Relations and External Communication to manage the transformation of the company's profile, from a leading industrial group to a payment market leader. Ms. Blanchet is a graduate of Paris IX Dauphine Business School (MSG 1993) and Telecom Management School (1994), with a major in telecoms for finance from Mines-Telecom Institute / Bretagne (France).
Alain Blancquart is currently chairman and CEO of Sierrabolics, a data analytics software company based in California. He has spent the past 40 years in positions from international vice-president to chairman and CEO in both emerging and well-established corporations, including publicly-listed companies, including Micropro, Borland, Computervision, Openwave, Esmertec, and Streamezzo. As chairman and CEO of Esmertec, Mr. Blancquart managed a successful IPO on the Swiss stock exchange four years after the incorporation of the company. His expertise in developing startups, restructuring corporations on a worldwide basis, and creating value for investors is well recognized. He holds an Electronic Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale in Paris, France.