Management Committee and Executive Committee
A Management Committee has been created in May 2009 and is presided by Frédéric Vincent. Its mission consists in managing the Group, defining and directing its strategy.
Frédéric Vincent - Chairman and CEO.
Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge - Chief Operating Officer. His perimeter covers all operational activities of the Group including all geographical areas as well as the High Voltage Business Group. The Industry, Supply chain and Purchasing department.
Frédéric Michelland - Senior Corporate Executive Vice President. The High-Voltage and Underwater Cables Business Group as well as the North America and South America Areas are placed under his supervision.
Pascal Portevin - Senior Corporate Executive Vice President in charge of the Europe Area. The Middle East, Russia and Africa Area is placed under his supervision. The Information Systems Department reports to him.
The Executive Committee, presided by Frédéric Vincent, provides the forum for reflexion, exchange and discussion concerning the Group's interests. It includes:
The Management Committee members and :
Nicolas Badré - Chief Financial Officer
Nicholas Ballas - Executive Vice President Asia-Pacific Area
Norbert Bluthé - Executive Vice President, South America Area
Giuseppe Borrelli - Executive Vice President, Europe Utilities & Operators Market Line
Antoine Caillault - Senior Corporate Vice President, Manufacturing & Logistics. The Purchasing Department reports to him
Anne-Marie Cambourieu - Senior Corporate Vice President Human Resources
William English - Executive Vice President Middle East Russia Africa Area (MERA)
Benjamin Fitoussi - Senior Corporate Vice President Strategy & Development. The Technical Department reports to him
Christopher Guérin - Executive Vice President, Europe Industry Market Line
Stephen Hall - Executive Vice President, North America Area
Jean-Philippe Machon - Executive Vice President, Europe Distributors & Installers Market Line
Paul Nelson - Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa International Division
Jean-Claude Nicolas - Senior Corporate Vice President Communications
Patrick Noonan - General Counsel, Senior Corporate Vice President, Secretary General
Dirk Steinbrink - Executive Vice President High Voltage & Underwater Cable
Chairman and CEO.
Frédéric Vincent is Chairman and CEO of Nexans since May 2009.
In 2006 Frédéric Vincent was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Nexans. From 1978 to 1985 he was a member of a major audit firm. After joining Alcatel in 1986, Frédéric Vincent integrated the Cables and Components sector in 1989, where he was appointed in 1994 Deputy Managing Director (Administration and Finance) of Alcatel's undersea telecommunications activities, and in 1997 of Saft, Alcatel's batteries activity. He became Nexans' Chief Financial Officer in 2000.
Frédéric Vincent is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris. He has a Bachelor in Business Law.
Chief Operating Officer. His perimeter covers all operational activities of the Group including all geographical areas as well as the High Voltage Business Group. The Industry, Supply chain and Purchasing department.
Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge has more than 20 years of experience in the Metallurgy industry. Within the Groups Usinor and then Arcelor-Mittal, he led the international operations in Europe, Africa and the Community of Independent States, the former Soviet Republics. He was until July 2013 Executive Vice President, CEO of ArcelorMittal Long Carbon Europe.
Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge is a graduate Engineer from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussée and holds a Master of Science in Economics from Stanford University, United States.
Senior Corporate Executive Vice President. The High-Voltage and Underwater Cables Business Group as well as the North America and South America Areas are placed under his supervision
He started his professional career with JP Morgan and SG Warburg where he worked in trading rooms, in France and abroad. In 1996, he joined the Financial Department of the Suez Group as Corporate Finance Officer. He worked first on Mergers and Acquisitions in the frame of Suez development in the energy sector. He was then responsible of the Group’s quotation project in the United States. In 2000, he was appointed Financial Communication Director. In 2003, he moved to the head of the Financial Control Department of the Group.
Frédéric Michelland is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris and of INSEAD, with a Master's degree in Finance and a MBA.
Senior Corporate Executive Vice President in charge of the Europe Area. The Middle East, Russia and Africa Area is placed under his supervision. The Information Systems Department reports to him
Until 2011, Pascal Portevin was Senior Corporate Executive Vice President in charge of the Middle East, Russia and Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America and South America Areas, as well as commercial & innovation policies for the Group. From 2003 to 2009, he was Executive Vice-President in charge of Strategic Operations and between 1999 and 2003, President of the Telecom Division at Nexans. From 1996 to 1999, he was appointed Managing Director of the General Market product line with the Cables and Components sector of Alcatel after having headed its Telecommunications Cable operations. From 1993 to 1996 he was Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Fibres Optiques, then Director of Operations of the Optical Fibres product line. From 1990 to 1993 he was Technical Director of Alcatel North America when the Claremont (North Carolina) optical fibres factory was being built. From 1988 to 1990, he was the CEO of CGTI, a subsidiary of Alcatel specialized in the microwave communication. He began his career with Câbles de Lyon in 1985.
Pascal Portevin is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.
Chief Financial Officer
Nicolas Badré held at ‘Groupe Saint-Gobain’ (1995 – 2007) various Financial Directorship positions in operational subsidiaries across the group globally. In 2007, Nicolas Badré joined the Owens Corning group as European Financial Director, where he was responsible for executing financial processes across its European operations. While at Owens Corning, Badré also managed the operational financial direction in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) as well as two divisions operating worldwide. Nicolas Badré graduated from the Haute Ecole de Commerce (HEC), Paris and has a CEMS Master in Management (Community of European Management Schools). He has also achieved the following French Ministry of Finances qualification: Cycle des Hautes Etudes pour le Développement Economique
Executive Vice President Asia-Pacific area
Nicholas Ballas joined Nexans in 2009. Prior to joining the company, Nicholas was Vice President and General Manager of the Asia Pacific region for Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals company based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Nicholas joined Cabot in 1987 and held various positions in finance, strategy and general management in the USA, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Nicholas Ballas has an MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Executive Vice President, South America Area
Norbert Bluthé started his professional career with Rhodia where he was involved in research, marketing and management of business units in France and in the U.S. In 2005, he joined Nexans France as Building and Infastructure Activities Manager. He was then appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He moved to Executive Vice President, Western Europe, Country Manager France in 2009.
Norbert Bluthé graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the CEDEP (INSEAD). He has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.
Executive Vice President, Europe Utilities & Operators Market Line
Giuseppe started his professional career with Alcatel where he held several managerial positions. In 1995 he moved to the USA with Pirelli Cables North America as Vice President Operations of their Telecom Systems Group. In 1997 he joined Alcatel Cables and Components as Vice President Electromechanical Components and in 2002 he became President of the Power Systems Division. Between 2004 and 2007 he held the position of Vice President Customer Satisfaction and Quality at Alcatel and then Vice President Global Supply Chain and Procurement Quality at Alcatel-Lucent. In 2007 he joined Nexans as Country Manager Italy.
Giuseppe Borrelli graduated with honors from the University “Federico II” of Naples (Italy) as mechanical engineer.
Senior Corporate Vice President, Manufacturing & Logistics. The Purchasing Department reports to him
Antoine Caillault has been the Nexans Corporate Industrial and Supply chain Vice President since 2008. Prior to joining Nexans, Antoine Caillault held various positions at Faurecia (leading automotive equipment manufacturer) in Business Unit General Management, Corporate Quality, Sales & Marketing and Industrial Management. In his earlier career steps, he worked for Pirelli Cables (today Prysmian) in industrial operations, running one energy plant in France and one in the USA.
Antoine Caillault has an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (major in shipbuilding) and a PMD from Harvard Business School.
Senior Corporate Vice President Human Resources
Prior to joining Nexans in 2012, Anne-Marie Cambourieu held the position of Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources at Accor. Prior to that she was Executive Vice President Human Resources in Bull from 2009 to 2010. She also held high level Human Resource positions in the French Group Danone from 1997 to 2008 and the Dutch Group Whirlpool from 1988 to 1997. Her career commenced in Philips France as HR Manager.
Executive Vice President Middle East Russia Africa Area (MERA)
William English started his career in 1973 in the aluminum industry, and joined the financial department of Alcatel in 1978. He worked first as Financial Controller in the Public Switching Division, and then in the Business Systems Division. He was appointed Finance Director for Alcatel in the UK in 1985, and subsequently was responsible for the Telecom activities of the Business Systems Division in the UK. He became head of Financial Control of Alcatel in 1994, and joined Alcatel Câble en 1998. After having been in charge of the Industrial Applications Product Line, he was appointed Country Manager for Benelux in 2001.
William English graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Senior Corporate Vice President Strategy & Development. The Technical Department reports to him
Benjamin Fitoussi started his career at Gemini Consulting as a consultant specializing in the automotive and aeronautic sectors in 1996. In 2000, He moved to Roland Berger Strategy Consultants where he was responsible for managing and driving simultaneous multi-national projects in the aerospace and defense, and transportation sectors. He then moved to Alstom Power in 2006. While at Alstom, he held different positions, based in France and Switzerland: VP Marketing & Strategy, Supply Chain Director and VP Boiler Product Line. Benjamin Fitoussi has an engineering degree from ‘Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aéronautique’, and a Masters in management from the French business school HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) of Paris.
Executive Vice President, Europe Industry Market Line
Christopher began his career in sales with Linde Group in 1995 during two years in England before joining Alcatel Cables in 1997 in the Metallurgy Division, he held various sales and marketing Directorship positions. He joined Nexans’ headquarters in 2005 as Sales Director Europe, and lead the Sales Transformation program for the Group. In 2007 Christopher was appointed Vice President of Marketing for the Industry sector, and in 2009 became the General Manager of the Industry Activity in France. In 2011, he was appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Industry Market line in Europe.
Graduated from ESDE / American Business School, Christopher Guérin followed the Management Acceleration program at INSEAD.
Executive Vice President, North America Area
Stephen Hall started his career with Shell Canada and joined Canada Wire & Cable* in 1986 to focus on developing process control systems for the cable industry. He has held a wide variety of management roles within the company covering Engineering, IT, Production and General Management. Earlier in 2009, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer responsible for production and sales for North America, and became lately in the year, Executive Vice-President for the Group’s North America Area. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and an MBA from York University. Stephen is a Canadian and currently based in Ontario, Canada.
Executive Vice President, Europe Distributors & Installers Market Line
Jean-Philippe Machon started his career in 1978 with Nortel Canada as Product Line Manager. Then he held different positions in financial control before becoming Financial Controller of the Nortel Telecom Cable division. He joined the Thomson Group in 1985 as Chief Financial officer of Thomson Cuivre S.A which became Alcatel Copper. He was appointed in 1989 Managing Director of Euromold NV and became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Interface SA. Subsequently he was responsible for the Accessories Business Group. In 2000 he was appointed Country Product Line Manager of Industrial Applications for Nexans France. He moved to the head of the Group Marketing Department in 2004 and became in 2007 Sales & Marketing Vice President for Europe.
Holding the French and Canadian citizenship, Jean-Philippe Machon graduated as mechanical engineer from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon. He has an MBA degree in finance from the Lyon Management Business School and an MBA in international Marketing from HEC Montréal.
Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa International Division
Paul Nelson started his career within the cable industry in 1980, with BICC. He joined Alcatel in 1998 and was appointed as VP Business Improvement within the Cable Network Product Line (Telecom) and was also country manager for the UK & Ireland. Following the creation of Nexans, as a result of the IPO, he took responsibility for managing the Cabling Solutions Product Line in 2001. Since the inception of the regional structure within Nexans, which was introduced in 2003, he has held the position of Country Manager UK & Ireland.
Paul Nelson graduated from Humberside University with BA Hons Business Studies.
Senior Corporate Vice President Communications
Jean-Claude Nicolas started his career in 1978 with the PSA Peugeot Citroën group where he held different positions within the Coporate Communications department before he was appointed Communications Associate Director. He joined the SNECMA group in 1990 as Communications Director. Then, from 1996 to 1997, he was in charge of communications for the French Automotive Industry Committee. In early 1997, he became Communcations Director of Pechiney. He joined Airbus in 2003 as Communications Director until the end of 2005.
He joined Nexans in March 2006 to become the Group's Communications Director.
Jean-Claude Nicolas has a Master in law and is a graduate of the Institut des Sciences Politiques of Paris.
General Counsel, Senior Corporate Vice President, Secretary General
Patrick Noonan is in charge of the headquarters legal, risk and insurance departments. He has been General Counsel of the Nexans Group since 2001 and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He began his professional career in the United States at major law firms in Washington D.C. and Palo Alto before joining Texas Instruments in France in 1985 as European Counsel. In 1988, he joined Alcatel NV (Brussels and Paris) before going to Canada in 1992 to become General Counsel of the Americas Sector of Alcatel Cable. In 1996, he became General Counsel of the Cables & Components Sector of Alcatel and in 1998 was appointed Deputy General Counsel of Alcatel.
Patrick Noonan is a graduate of Stanford University in the United States (B.S. Engineering, Juris Doctor).
Executive Vice President High Voltage & Underwater Cable
Until June 1st, 2011 Dirk Steinbrink was responsible for the Land High Voltage Business Group. In 2007 and 2008 he was Managing Director of a privately owned company in Germany, Harting Electric. Dirk Steinbrink was appointed Managing Director of Nexans’ Hanover unit in 2004, and held different responsibilities between 1999 and 2006 in the Hanover management and Product Line organization. He joined Alcatel Cable in 1998 as Head of Project Management & Export Sales in Hanover.
Dirk Steinbrink is graduated as a doctor of Electrical Engineering in High-Voltages from the Bergische University of Wuppertal (Dr.-Ing).