Board of Directors

Nexans board of directors comprises 13 members, 12 of whom are appointed by the general shareholders meeting and 1 representing employees is appointed by the France Group Committee. A censor also attends the meetings of the Board of Directors with a consultative role. Since 2003, the board’s functioning is governed by internal regulations.

The ethical rules that apply to members of the Board of directors are formalized in a Director’s Charter, attached to the Internal Regulations of the Board.


Georges Chodron de Courcel Chairman of the Board
Angéline Afanoukoé Director representing employee
Cyrille Duval(1) Director
Marie-Cécile de Fougières Director representing employee shareholders
Véronique Guillot-Pelpel(1) Director
Philippe Joubert(1) Director
Colette Lewiner(1) Director
Fanny Letier Director
Andrónico Luksic Craig Director
Francisco Pérez Mackenna Director
Hubert Porte  Director
Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke(1) Director
Marc Grynberg(1) Director
Anne Lebel Censor

Board of Directors

Nexans' Board of Directors with Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge

From left to right: Cyrille Duval, Marie-Cécile de Fougières, Francisco Pérez Mackenna, Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke, Philippe Joubert, Véronique Guillot-Pelpel, Georges Chodron de Courcel, Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, Fanny Letier, Hubert Porte, Andrónico Luksic Craig, Colette Lewiner, Marc Grynberg


Georges Chodron de Courcel is Chairman of the Board of Nexans since March 31, 2016. He joined BNP in 1972. After holding several management positions, he became Deputy CEO in 1993, then Managing Director in 1996. From 1999 to 2003, he was a member of the Executive Committee and Head of the Finance and Investment Bank of BNP Paribas and he served as COO of the Group from June 2003 until June 2014. Since November 2014, he has held the position of Chairman of GCC Associés (SAS), a strategy and financial advisory firm. He is a director of F.F.P. (Société Foncière, Financière et de Participations), Scor Holding (Switzerland) AG(2), Scor Global Life Rückversicherung Schweiz AG(2), Scor Switzerland AG(2), Scor Global Life Reinsurance Ireland(2) and a member of the Supervisory Board of Lagardère SCA. He is also President of the Ecole Centrale de Paris Foundation.

Angéline Afanoukoé is Nexans External Affairs Senior Manager since January 2017. In her role, she is in charge of improving the Group’s visibility and enhancing the brand image among Nexans stakeholders by managing the Group’s media relations as well as external and institutional communications activity on global scale. Prior to that, Angéline was in charge of communications with Individual and Employees shareholders within the investor relations department since 2001 before taking over the Group’s press relations activities in 2012. Angéline first joined the financial department of the Metallurgy division of Alcatel Cables and Components in 1998. She started her career in sales and events sector in mid-sized companies in 1991. Angéline holds a Masters in International Business (Master 1) of University Paris V René Descartes as well as the European Certificate of Financial Analyst (CEFA) of Société Française des Analystes Financiers (SFAF). She is also certified as Company Director by Sciences-Po and the French Institute of Directors (IFA).

Cyrille Duval is Chief Executive Officer of Sorame and Chairman of CEIR – two companies that together hold a 37% interest in Eramet. He was General Secretary of the alloys division of Eramet from 2007 until April 2016. Prior to that he served as Chief Financial Officer of both Eramet's alloys division and Aubert & Duval (an Eramet subsidiary). He has been a director and member of the Finance Committee of Metal Securities (Eramet's centralized cash management company) since 2005 and a director of Comilog (a mining subsidiary of Eramet's manganese business) since 2006.  

Marie-Cécile de Fougières started her career in 1996 in logistics for a large retailer in sports goods. In 1999 she joined Nexans where she has held functions both at operational level in several sites and Corporate level at Group HQ, in financial controlling and finance, in logistics and supply chain, in information systems and lastly in project management. She currently reports to the Transformation VP: her mission is to support Project Managers in the implementation of the strategic projects and transformation of the Group. Marie-Cécile de Fougières has a Degree in Fundamental Physics from Scotland, and has a Master's Degree from the Ecole de Management de Lyon, specializing in financial controlling and management in the industrial sector, in common with the Ecole Centrale de Lyon.

Marc Grynberg was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Umicore(2) in November 2008. He was head of the Group's Automotive Catalysts business unit from 2006 to 2008 and served as Umicore's CFO from 2000 until 2006. He joined Umicore(2) in 1996 as Group Controller. Marc holds a Commercial Engineering degree from the University of Brussels (Ecole de Commerce Solvay) and, prior to joining Umicore, worked for DuPont de Nemours(2) in Brussels and Geneva.

Véronique Guillot-Pelpel is judge at the Paris Commercial Court and Board member of the Nexans Foundation created in March 2013. Previously she held the position of Director of Human Resources and Communications for Nexans between 2006 and 2008 and had previously held the position of Communication Director for the Group between 2000 and 2006. Mrs Guillot-Pelpel was a member of Nexans' Executive Committee from October 2001 until she left the Group in 2008.

Philippe Joubert is the Executive Chairman of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI)(2) (at the World Energy Council), Senior Advisor and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)(2) and Chairman of HRH The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change(2). He is a member of the Advisory Board of A4S(2) (Accounting for Sustainability) and is a lecturer at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) of Cambridge University. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Joubert was Deputy CEO of the Alstom group in charge of strategy and development. He was a member of the Alstom Executive Committee between 2000 and 2012, President of Alstom Transmission and Distribution Sector from 2000 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2011 President of Alstom Power Sector. He previously occupied various management positions within the Alstom group beginning in 1986. He has been the permanent representative of The Green Option on the Board of Directors of renewable energy producer Voltalia since June 2014 and a director of ENEO Cameroun S.A.(2) since December 2014.

Fanny Letier is an Executive Director, Small and mid-cap investments, within Bpifrance since March 2015. She also manages Bpifrance's advisory services and coordinates its accelerator programs for SMEs and mid-market companies. Fanny Letier previously held several positions within the French State Administration, including Deputy Director of the Cabinet of the Ministère du redressement productif (Industrial recovery Ministry) in 2012-2013, Secretary General of the Interministry Committee on industrial restructuring in 2010-2012 and various positions within the French Treasury, relating to financial regulation. She was a financial advisor at the office of the French permanent delegation to the European Union in Brussels between 2008 and 2010. She is a member of the boards of directors of BioMerieux Group and Alliance Industry of the Future

Colette Lewiner is Advisor to the Chairman of Capgemini since 2012. Following several years of physics research and university lecturing (maître de conférences at the University of Paris VII), she joined EDF in 1979 where she set up the Development and Commercial Strategy Department in 1989. She was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SGN-Réseau Eurysis in 1992, before joining Capgemini in 1998 to set up the International Utilities Department. After Capgemini’s merger with Ernst & Young, she was made Head of the extended Energy, Utilities & Chemicals Department. In 2004, she also set up the Global Marketing Department of Capgemini which she managed until 2007. She is a director of several major industrial groups, including EDF, Eurotunnel, Bouygues, Colas (Bouygues subsidiary) and Ingenico since October 2015.

Andrónico Luksic Craig is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quiñenco(2), one of the main conglomerates in Chile, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1978. He holds several offices within the companies of the Quiñenco group. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banco de Chile(2), one of the main financial institutions in Chile. Also, within the Quiñenco group, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of LQ Inversiones Financieras(2), Chairman of the Management Board of Compañia Cervecerías Unidas(2) (CCU), Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores(2) (CSAV) and a member of the Board of Directors of Tech Pack(2), Antofagasta Minerals Plc(2) and Invexans(2) (shareholder of Nexans). He is also advisor to the Board of Directors of ENEX(2). Outside the Quiñenco group, Mr. Andrónico Luksic Craig has non-executive duties within Barrick Gold(2) as a member of the International Advisory Board. He is also an active member of several leading organizations and advisory boards, both in Chile and internationally, including the Federation of the Chilean Industry(2) (Sociedad de Fomento Fabril - SOFOFA), the Chile-Pacific Foundation(2), the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council to the municipality of Shanghai(2), the Brookings Institution(2) and the APEC Business Advisory Council(2).

Francisco Pérez Mackenna is Chief Executive Officer of the Chilean company Quiñenco S.A.(2). Before joining Quiñenco, between 1991 and 1998, he was Chief Executive Officer of CCU(2). He is also a director of some Quiñenco group companies including Banco de Chile(2), Tech Pack(2), Invexans(2) (shareholder of Nexans), CCU(2) (Compañia Cervecerías Unidas S.A.), CSAV(2) (Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores S.A.) and SM SAAM(2) (Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A.), and ENEX(2) (Empresa Nacional de Energía Enex S.A.).

Hubert Porte is Executive Chairman of the private equity firm Ecus Administradora General de Fondos S.A.(2), which was founded in 2004 and invests in Chile through private equity funds Ecus Private Equity I and Ecus Agri-Food. Hubert Porte is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chilean company AMA Time(2), and is a director of Invexans S.A.(2) (Quiñenco group, shareholder of Nexans), Plastic Omnium Chile S.A.(2) (Chilean subsidiary of Plastic Omnium group) and Loginsa(2). He is also managing partner of Latin American Asset Management Advisors Ltd(2) (LAAMA), which he founded in 2004, and which is the exclusive distributor for the Chilean and Peruvian pension funds of AXA Investment Managers’ mutual funds. LAAMA currently manages US$2 billion worth of investments for these funds.

Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke is the Group Performance Director at AKKA Technologies.. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President Group Performance and Transformation and Finance "Métiers" at Engie, which she joined in 2012. Between 1984 and 2012, she held various positions within the Siemens group, in finance, business development and general management in large regional companies. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Management Institute (TMI).

Anne Lebel is Chief Human Resources Officer of Natixis since July 1st, 2016. She began her career in 1987 at Bossard Consultants as an organization and change management consultant. In 1997, Anne joined Schering Plough France as Human Resources and Training Manager for France before moving to head up HR Organization and Development in Europe. In 2004, she joined Serono France as Head of Human Resources France. In 2008, Anne moved to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty where she was appointed Head of Human Resources for France, Italy and Spain, and later for Europe and Asia, before becoming Global Head of Human Resources between 2012 and 2016. Anne Lebel is graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg and holds a postgraduate diploma in Business Management and Administration (DESS CAAE) from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises graduate school of management in Paris.       


(1) Independent Director

(2) Positions held in foreign companies or institutions.

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