The Chairman of the Board
Denis Thiery (62, French) has been Chairman of the Board of Directors for Neopost since the meeting held on 12 January 2010. He was also Chief Executive Officer from 19 June 2007 to 1 February 2018. Denis Thiery joined Neopost in 1998 as Group chief financial officer. From 1991 to 1997, he was chief financial officer and Chief Executive Officer of Moorings, a world leader in leisure boat rentals, based in the United States. From 1984 to 1991, he held a number of senior positions with Wang France before becoming chief financial officer in 1989. Having graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), Denis Thiery started his career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand both in France and in the United States. He was appointed as a director by the Annual General Meeting of 10 July 2007.
His mandate was renewed at the Annual General Meeting of 1 July 2016 for a new three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2019.
The Lead Director
On 29 March 2016, the Board of directors modified its bylaws to be able to appoint a lead director. On the same date, Vincent Mercier was appointed as a lead director. His role is to ensure the smooth operation of governing bodies, the absence of conflicts of interests and the good consideration of the shareholders' concerns regarding governance.
Vincent Mercier (66, French), Civil Engineer of Les Mines, holds a DESS in economics and an MBA from Cornell University. Until 2014 he was Chairman of the worldwide supervisory Board of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants after having been in charge of French and Chinese operations until 2010. Vincent Mercier’s mandate as a director of Neopost S.A. was approved at the Annual General Meeting of 7 July 2009. His mandate was renewed at the Annual General Meeting of 1 July 2015 for a three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2018.
The other members of the Board of Directors
Hélène Boulet-Supau (50, French) graduate of ESSEC Business School. She began her career at Arthur Andersen and then joined Groupe Pierre et Vacances, where she held a number of positions between 1991 and 2000, notably as Chief Financial Officer. She went on to work as a financial consultant, before taking the helm at Larroque, a company that creates and distributes ready-to-wear women’s apparel, working in tandem with the fashion designer who founded the firm. Since 2007, she has been Chief Executive Officer and a shareholder of Sarenza, a leading online footwear and leather goods website, which ranked as the favorite website of the French population in a May 2015 survey by UFC-Que Choisir. Under her leadership, Sarenza has changed dimension, growing its annual revenue from €5 million to €200 million and successfully expanding across international markets through the opening of local-language sites in 12 European countries developed in France. She was a prize-winner in the 2013 Prix Veuve-Clicquot awards for business women. The ratification of the appointment of Hélène Boulet-Supau to the Group’s Board of Directors was approved by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 30, 2017. Hélène Boulet-Supau’s term will extend through the remaining term of her predecessor, Isabelle Simon that is until the Annual General Meeting that will rule on the financial statements of the financial year ending on January 31, 2018.
Éric Courteille (49, French) has been President of New R SAS and Chief Executive Officer of La Redoute SAS since 2 June 2014. Éric Courteille is a graduate of ESCP-EAP and started his career at Arthur Andersen France, as an auditor, from 1995 to 2000. He then co-founded the company Sporever. In November 2002, Éric Courteille joined the PPR group: within the Guilbert subsidiary where he was appointed head of internal audit of Guilbert group. From 2004 to 2006, he worked in several senior roles at CFAO until he became chief financial officer of Eurapharma. At the end of 2006, he joined Redcats as chief financial and administrative officer for The Sportsman’s Guide (Redcats USA). In April 2009, he became chief financial officer and corporate secretary of Redcats SA. On 4 July 2012, the Annual General Meeting ratified the appointment by the Board of Éric Courteille as a director. His mandate was renewed at the Annual General Meeting of 30 June 2017 for a new three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2020.
Virginie Fauvel (41, French) is an engineer, a graduate of the École des Mines de Nancy, a French engineering school. She began her career at Cetelem, first in charge of the risk management before taking the lead of the e-business which set up and developed under her responsibility the on-line platforms of Cetelem in Europe. In 2009, within BNP Paribas, Virginie Fauvel became manager of the online bank. She created and developed four online banks within BNP Paribas including Hello Bank!. In 2013 Virginie Fauvel joined the group Allianz as executive committee member and handled the transformation of Allianz to a company based on the digital technologies since then. Virginie Fauvel was appointed director of Neopost S.A. during the Annual General Meeting on 1 July 2016 for a three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2019.
William Hoover Jr. (67, US citizen) had been a senior partner at McKinsey for 30 years until July 2007. William Hoover Jr. holds a MA in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. He settled in Denmark in 1980 where he focused his consulting activity mainly in the fields of high technology, telecom as well as industry. He advised companies for their establishment and growth in particular in China, a country he still often visits. William Hoover Jr.’s mandate as a director of Neopost S.A. was approved during the Annual General Meeting of 2 July 2013. His mandate was renewed at the Annual General Meeting of 30 June 2017 for a new three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2020.
Catherine Pourre (59, French) graduated from ESSEC, holds a law degree from the Université Catholique de Paris and is a chartered accountant. Catherine Pourre started her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she was a partner from 1989 to 1999. Before joining Unibail-Rodamco in 2002 as deputy executive director, and then as a member of the supervisory Board of Unibail-Rodamco SE from 2007 to 2013, Catherine Pourre had been executive director of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young since 1999. Catherine Pourre was appointed as a director of Neopost S.A. at the Annual General Meeting of 6 July 2010. Her mandate was renewed at the the Annual General Meeting of 1 July 2016 for a new three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2019.
Richard Troksa (53, US citizen) is responsible for executive level consulting and board of director guidance in the field of new techonologies at Gold Aspen Consulting. An engineer by training, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Engineering from Colorado State University. Richard began his career at IBM in 1984 and held numerous technical and business positions leading to a Business Line Manager executive role in 2003. He then joined Exstream Software, becoming President and CEO in 2007. In 2008, he joined Hewlett-Packard (HP) as Vice-president of Enterprise Software until 2010. Richard also possesses strong financial and managerial experiences associated with the development and deployment of new technologies in both hardware and software markets. Richard Troksa was appointed director of Neopost S.A. during the Annual General Meeting on 1 July 2016 for a three-year term, i.e. until the Annual General Meeting of 2019.
Nathalie Wright (52, French) began her career at Digital Equipment France before joining NewBridge Networks France. Ms. Wright was then Country Manager and Sales Director for France at MCI, then Easynet, then Vice President of Southern Europe in charge of the Commercial Strategy for France, Italy, Spain & the Middle East on behalf of AT&T. She then joined Microsoft in 2009 as Director of the Public Sector division and then General Manager of the Large Enterprise and Strategic Alliances division. Since 2017, Nathalie Wright is Vice President of Software at IBM France. Nathalie Wright was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 2011 (French National Legion of Honor award) for her involvement in promoting diversity in companies. Nathalie Wright was co-opted to replace Mr Jean-Paul Villot, who resigned his position as Director on July 28. Nathalie Wright‘s mandate will extend through the remaining term of her predecessor and until the Annual General Meeting that will rule on the financial statements of the financial year ending January 31, 2019.