The Verallia Executive Committee, which is focused on operations, is composed of members in charge of Group functions and members in charge of Business Operations with heads of key regions. The Committee is focused primarily on driving and implementing the Group’s strategy, monitoring performance and coordinating projects in the different countries and regions of the Group.
The Board of Directors has 12 members and 2 observes and brings together individuals with complementary professional backgrounds and skills.
Michel Giannuzzi has been Verallia’s CEO since September 2017. Thanks to the development and implementation of a fruitful value creation strategy, he successfully led Verallia’s initial public offering on the Euronext Paris regulated market in October 2019.
Before joining Verallia, he served as Chairman of the Management Board of Tarkett, world leader in innovative solutions for floor coverings and sports surfaces, from 2007 to 2017. During his mandate, he implemented a profitable and sustainable growth strategy, leading to Tarkett’ initial public offering on the Euronext Paris regulated market in 2013. Prior to that, Michel Giannuzzi held a series of executive positions within the Michelin Group and the Valeo Group. He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and Harvard Business School.
Robert Seminara, born in 1972, holds a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. From 1994 to 1996, he worked as a financial analyst in the Media & Communications division of Lazard Frères & Co. In 1996 he joined the Private Equity team at Evercore Partners where he most recently served as a vice-president. In 2003 he joined Apollo as partner in the Private Equity department. Since 2012, he has been senior partner in the Private Equity department at Apollo Management International LLP. In addition, he has been Head of Europe and Head of European Private Equity at Apollo Management International LLP since 2018.
Pierre Vareille is a graduate of the École Centrale de Paris and an alumnus of the Université de la Sorbonne and Sciences Po. He was CEO of several international corporations, including Wagon Automotive, a British automotive supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange, and FCI, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic connectors. Pierre Vareille served as Chief Executive Officer of Constellium, a global supplier of value-added aluminium products, traded on the New York Stock Exchange until July 2016. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bic and director of Outokumpu Oyj, in Finland.
João Salles, born in 1981, holds a B.A. in Economics from INSPER, an M.A in Economics and an M.S. in Finance both from Columbia University in New York, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of São Paulo. He has been a Managing Director at BWSA, a holding company, since 2017, and a member of the Investment, Risk and Management Committees of BWGI, an asset manager, since 2014. João Salles currently holds positions as Board Member of Itaú Unibanco, of IUPAR (which controls Itaú Unibanco), and is also a member of the Finance Committee of Alpargatas. Between 2013 and 2018, João Salles was a Partner, Investment Professional and member of Cambuhy Investimentos’ Investment Committee. Prior to that, he worked as an Investment Banker at J.P. Morgan in New York, focusing on M&A, ECM and DCM transactions.
Marcia Freitas is, since 2013, Executive Director and member of the Executive Committee of Brasil Warrant S.A. (BW), where she is responsible for overseing all legal, tax and regulatory matters of the holding company and of BWGI, the group’s asset management subsidiary. Before joining BW, Marcia Freitas worked for more than 25 years as a lawyer in the Brazilian financial industry, 15 of which as head of legal and general counsel for Unibanco and HSBC Brazil. Marcia Freitas obtained her Law Degree at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) in 1988 and has an LLM in “corporate law” from the New York University School of Law (1993). She also attended the Corporate Governance and Capital Markets for Executives Programme at B.I. International, in partnership with Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University, in 2014.
Sébastien Moynot, born in 1972, is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and a graduate of the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Capital Development Steering Committee at Bpifrance Investissement, where he is in charge of equity investments in midcaps and large corporates. Previously, Sébastien Moynot spent around 10 years working in various roles at the Ministry of Finance Treasury Department. He was notably in charge of the transport sector at the Agence des Participations de l’État, and was previously Head of Strategy and then Market Operations at the Agence France Trésor.
Marie-José Donsion, born in 1971, graduated from the European School of Management (Paris) business school and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Arkema. Prior to that, she was a director on the Arkema Board of Directors and Chairwoman of its audit committee. Prior to that, within the Alstom Group, she was Chief Financial Officer of the Group, after holding various financial positions within several subsidiaries in France and abroad. Prior to joining Alstom, Marie-José Donsion had begun her career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the audit branch.
Cécile Tandeau de Marsac, born in 1963, a former student of NEOMA Business School, holds a Master’s degree in Economics and has been since 2016, an independent director on the Board of Directors of the Sodexo Group, of which she chairs the Appointments Committee and the Remuneration Committee. From 2012 to 2019, she was General Manager in charge of Human Resources for the Solvay Group in Belgium. From 2011 to 2012, she led the integration of the Rhodia and Solvay groups. Prior to that, she held various positions in the Rhodia Group in the Human Resources Department from 2007 to 2011, and at Nestlé in marketing, sales, communication and human resources from 1987 to 2006.
Virginie Hélias, born in 1965, alumna of HEC Paris (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), has been Vice President in charge of sustainable development in the Procter & Gamble Group since 2016. She has been a member of the Procter & Gamble Group Executive Committee since January 2020. She began her career in 1988 in the same group, where she held various positions in France, the United States and Switzerland in marketing, brand management, sales, innovation and digital, before creating, in 2011, a sustainable development position at the intersection between brand management and the environment department.
José Arozamena, born in 1960, an industrial and systems engineer graduate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, founded Cambium in 1996, a family investment vehicle that has invested in various companies in the United States, Europe and Latin America. José Arozamena is also Chairman and CEO of Arglass Yamamura in Georgia, USA. Between 2005 and 2018, José Arozamena was an operating partner of various private equity firms including Lindsay Goldberg and funds III and IV of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking. From 2003 to 2005, he led investments in American Rice and Mineraqua-Agua Castello. From 1995 to 2003, José Arozamena was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Private Equity Group, a private investment vehicle.
Dieter Müller, born in 1958, has worked for Verallia Deutschland since 1988, where he began his career as a sheet metal operator. He is a member of the Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau-Chemie-Energie (IG-BCE) trade union. In 1993, Dieter Müller was elected as a member of the Essen Works Committee, of which he became Secretary in 1996. In 2010, Dieter Müller was elected Secretary of the Verallia Deutschland Central Works Committee. Since 2017, he was also a member of the Verallia European Works Committee, of which he was elected Deputy Secretary. He resigned from these positions when he was appointed by the Group’s European Works Committee. Dieter Müller has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Verallia Deutschland for almost 20 years and its Vice-President for more than 10 years.
Guilherme Bottura, born in 1979, graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo with a bachelor’s degree in production engineering. Mr Bottura is Managing Director of BWGI, the global asset management division of BWSA, and has been a member since 2018 of the BWGI Investment Committee, Risk Committee and Management Committee. Mr Bottura is currently a director, a member of the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee of Eneva SA and a member of the Finance Committee of Alpargatas SA and a member of the Audit Committee of Fundo Patrimonial Amigos da Poli, an endowment fund affiliated with the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo. Between 2011 and 2018, Mr. Bottura was a partner and member of the Investment Committee of Cambuhy Investimentos. Before that, he has been portfolio manager at Lanx Capital between 2009 and 2011 and was a Vice-President at Goldman Sachs between 2005 and 2009.
Claudia Scarico, born in 1987, holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Bocconi in Italy. Claudia Scarico began her career as an analyst with Morgan Stanley, a position she held from 2011 until 2014. Since 2014, she has been Principal at Apollo Management International LLP.
The mission of the Audit Committee is (i) to monitor issues relating to the preparation and control of accounting and financial information, and (ii) to ensure the effectiveness of the risk monitoring and operational internal control system, in order to facilitate the Board of Directors’ performance of its control and audit duties in this area.
Within this framework, the Audit Committee’s duties include:
The Audit Committee is composed of Marie-José Donsion (Chairwoman), José Arozamena and BWSA (represented by Marcia Freitas).
The mission of the Nomination and Compensation Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in (i) the composition of the management bodies of the Company and its Group, and (ii) the determination and regular assessment of all compensation and benefits of the Company’s executive directors, including any deferred benefits and/or voluntary or forced severance packages of the Group.
Within this framework, the Nomination and Compensation Committee’s duties include:
The Nomination and Compensation Committee is composed of Cécile Tandeau de Marsac (Chairwoman), José Arozamena, Pierre Vareille et BWGI (represented by João Salles).
The mission of the Sustainable Development Committee is to monitor the inclusion of corporate social responsibility matters in the Group’s strategy.
Within this framework, the Sustainable Development Committee’s duties include:
The Sustainable Development Committee is composed of Virginie Hélias (Chairwoman), Michel Giannuzzi, Bpifrance Investissement (represented by Sébastien Moynot) and Dieter Müller (employee-representative director).