An aligned and committed board of Directors

Alignment and commitment were the guiding principles that drove the Board of Directors and its members throughout 2020. The free-flowing, transparent exchange and decisions at the height of the health crisis consolidated relationships and strengthened individual involvement. This alignment allowed the Board to continue helping management to successfully steer the Group.

The Board of Directors of Nexans, working with Executive Management, maintains regular, constructive dialogue to implement the Strategic Plan in the best interests of the Company and its stakeholders. The Board ensures that Nexans is fully engaged with all its stakeholders, supplying the critical links for economic and social development through innovative and sustainable solutions and services.

The Board owes its success to its independence, diversity and focus on sustainability. Its 14 members are true leaders in their fields — fields that are key to Nexans’ strategy. This diversity gives Nexans an international dimension and a deeper understanding of the wider market. All 14 members are assessed every year with respect to the independence criteria defined by the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF Corporate Governance Code.

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

Although Nexans came under huge pressure due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was imperative that the Board of Directors and Executive Committee continued to work in harmony to consolidate governance and instill a new governance style. The Board of Directors came together as never before and showed extreme flexibility in its speedy adaptation to video-conferencing. This allowed for more frequent and elaborate meetings, carried out in an atmosphere of openness and solidarity.

The Board met 15 times in 2020, with an average annual attendance rate of 87.2%. The Directors had to address several priorities during the year, including workplace health & safety, business continuity, strategic planning, risk management and control, attention paid to the Group’s cash position.

PREPARATORY COMMITTEES PLAYING A KEY ROLE

The 4 committees in place within the Board of Directors are compliant with the rules of composition, responsibilities and operation as set forth by law and the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF Code:

■ Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee
■ Appointments and Corporate Governance Committee
■ Compensation Committee
■ Strategy and Sustainable Development Committee

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Membership at May 12, 2021)

Typical profile of a Nexans Director :

  • 53.3 average age

  • 45.5% are women

  • 57.1% are binational or foreign nationals

  • over 63.6% are independent

JEAN MOUTON

Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors

Angéline Afanoukoé

Director representing employees
■ Nexans Head of Institution Relations

Jane Basson

Independent Director
■ Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer and Head of People Empowerment in Operations of Airbus

Anne-Sophie Hérelle

Permanent representative of Bpifrance Participations
■ Director, Member of Bpifrance Capital Développement Executive Management Committee

Selma Alami

Director representing employee shareholders
■ Deputy Chief Executive Director of North West Africa at Nexans

Marc Grynberg

Independent Director
■ Chief Executive Officer of Umicore

Oscar Hasbún Martinez

Director proposed by Invexans Limited (UK) (Quiñenco group)
■ Chief Executive Officer of CSAV (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores S.A.)

Sylvie Jéhanno

Independent Director
■ Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Dalkia, subsidiary of the EDF Group

 

Anne Lebel

Lead Independent Director
■ Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Group Executive Board Member of Capgemini
■ Chair of the Appointments, and Corporate Governance Committee
■ Chair of the Compensation Committee

Andrónico Luksic Craig

Director proposed by Invexans Limited (UK) (Quiñenco group)
■ Chairman of the Quiñenco Board of Directors
 

Bjørn Erik Nyborg

Director representing employees
■ Responsible for Warehouse Consumables at the Halden plant in Norway

Francisco Pérez Mackenna

Director proposed by Invexans Limited (UK) (Quiñenco group)
■ Chief Executive Officer of Quiñenco

Hubert Porte

Independent Director
■ Founding Partner and CEO of Ecus Administradora General de Fondos S.A.

Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke

Independent Director
■ Executive Vice-President, Group Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer of Plastic Omnium

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