Nicolas Jachiet, the Chairman and CEO of the Egis Group, has announced his retirement and is to leave the Group on 31 October 2020.
For the appointment of his successor, an open selection process was conducted which attracted several high-quality candidatures from inside and outside the Group. At the end of this procedure, the Caisse des Dépôts, the majority shareholder of Egis, decided to recommend the appointment of Laurent Germain, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Segula Technologies, as Egis’ Chief Executive Officer. This appointment will be approved at a future meeting of the Board of Directors and Laurent Germain will join the Group on 2 July.
Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman & CEO of Egis, said: “I take great pride in the growth and international development accomplished by Egis’s teams throughout the 15 years during which I have led the Group. While I have made a personal choice to retire, I look forward to supporting Laurent Germain in the coming months so as to lay the foundations for a transition that is beneficial to Egis. Our leading priority will naturally be to pursue the actions that we have initiated to respond to today’s public health and economic crisis, whilst guaranteeing the safety of our employees and our business continuity for our clients. And the Group will make every effort to return to the pursuit of ambitious development, working for a sustainable future for the benefit of populations, in accordance with its vocation.”
The Caisse des Dépôts will also propose the appointment of Paul-Marie Chavanne, already an Egis Director, as non-executive Chairman of Egis’s Board of Directors. Following a wide-ranging career in industry, Paul-Marie Chavanne has been Chairman of the Geopost group for the past 20 years, a position that he will soon be leaving.
Laurent Germain, 48, is currently Chief Executive Officer of Segula Technologies. Holding degrees from the ESSEC business school and Sciences Po Paris, he is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (2000). Following several positions at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, in 2004 he became Adviser to the Minister for Research, Mr. François d’Aubert, in charge of budgetary affairs. The following year he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the French National Centre of Space Studies (CNES), where he made a significant contribution to transforming project management. He also chaired the board of CLS, a subsidiary of CNES, which he helped to develop and where he coordinated the arrival of Ardian as a private shareholder. In 2014 he joined Segula Technologies, a global engineering and technology consulting group. As CEO, he has overseen strong growth in the Group (more than doubling its size in 6 years), in particular outside France, with a specific focus on innovation.
Paul-Marie Chavanne, 68, is currently Chairman of the Geopost group. An engineering graduate from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, he is an ’Inspecteur des Finances’ and began his career with an 11-year spell at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. Over a 31-year period, Paul-Marie Chavanne has since held top management positions in several industrial groups (Autodistribution, Strafor Facom and Citroën). In 2001, he became Chairman and CEO of Geopost, the express parcel delivery service of the La Poste Group, which under his leadership became the second largest express courier firm in Europe.
Laurent Germain: Philippe Couette / Paul-Marie Chavanne: Patrice Maurein