Corporate Governance: Key Managers

The management team comprises ten top managers in charge of the Group's operational management: R&D, Sales and Marketing, Production and Purchasing, Finance, HR, etc. completed by the managers of the commercial drone subsidiaries.

The biographies of Parrot's key managers are presented below.

Additional information is available on the Annual report / reference document : information on the compensation of the executive officers and corporate officers (Chapter 15 - Compensation and Benefits) and the management chart and the bonus share / stock option allocation policy (Chapter 17 - Employees).

Henri SEYDOUX, Founder Chairman and CEO

Henri Seydoux founded Parrot in 1994 and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its creation. Self-educated, he began his career in 1978 as a trainee with “Journal Actuel”, where he was later employed as a journalist from 1979 to 1980. In 1981, he joined the sales team at the “Matin de Paris” newspaper. Then, in 1982, he joined SSCI as an operating system software developer, before working for Microarchi from 1983 to 1984 in the same role. In 1985, he set up BBS, a company intended to market the micro archi operating system. In 1986, he created BSCA, a synthetic 3D imaging company, and became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 1990. In 1991, with three other partners, he founded and became a director in the luxury goods company Christian Louboutin.

Jerome BOUVARD, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jérôme Bouvard has been Director of Strategic Partnerships since January 2019. He holds an engineering degree in electronics and embedded systems and began his career in 2005 at Sagem Mobile. He joined Parrot in 2010 as a software developer, and successively held the positions of software manager, head of partnerships for consumer products and head of developer relations. In 2016, he left for the United States to create the "Parrot Education" business unit, to develop the use of UAVs and coding in the the academic world (K-12 STEM program) Since 2019, Jérôme has been in charge of developing the company's strategic partnerships, working with key industry players to create an ecosystem of applications and services around the Anafi platforms.

Ludovic FLORET, Group General Counsel

Ludovic Floret joined Parrot in December 2014. He completed a Master 2 degree in International Law in 1990 and began his career as a Corporate lawyer in major engineering groups. First in the nuclear sector at Framatome (Areva), then in water treatment at Degrémont (Suez Environnement), during which he participated in numerous projects in Asia and America. In 2003 he created the legal department of the company Souriau ( aeronautic equipment), where he participed in the international development (India, Morocco, USA) during two successive LBOs. He became legal director of Oberthur Technologies (smart card) in 2011. Ludovic has more than 25 years of experience in leading High-Tech players, with strong exerptise in contract negotiation, litigation, M & A, risk management and compliance. In addition to Legal Affairs, he manages the Group's insurance program.

Pierre-Elie FORT, HR Director

Pierre-Elie Fort is the Human Resources Director at Parrot since January 2019. He holds a dual Master of Labor Law and Human Resources and began his career in 2006 as an HR Lawyer in a media and radio group. He then dedicated himself to recruitment as a Consultant within the specialised group Michael Page. With these achievements in two key areas of the HR function, he went on to hold various position as HR Manager, first in an event agency and then, at the end of 2010, at Acticall Sitel, a global leader in customer relations. Pierre Elie Fort joined the Parrot Group at the beginning of 2015 as Legal and Social Affairs Manager before taking on the role of HR Manager in 2017.

Gilles LABOSSIÈRE, Executive director of senseFly and MicaSense

Gilles Labossière is Executive Director of senseFly, the Swiss subsidiary leading the professional fixed-wing drone market and of MicaSense, the American subsidiary specialised in sensors for drones in precision agriculture. Gilles Labossière had joined Parrot in September 2008 as the Group's Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and was also COO and Executive Director of Parrot Drone before he took over the management of this two strategic subsidiaries. A graduate of HEC, he began his career as a Manager with the audit firm Arthur Andersen. In 1991, he was appointed to serve on the executive management committee of the logistics group Saga as Chief Internal Audit Officer then Chief Financial & Operations Officer. In 1997, he joined Techpack International as Chief Financial & Operations Officer. In 2000, he was involved in founding Republic Alley, a reknown incubator for innovative companies in France, where he was Chairman. In 2003, he became Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Linedata Services, before joining Rocamat as Deputy Chief Executive Officer to drive the turnaround of this company. 

Olivier MAURY, Group Chief Financial Officer

Olivier Maury joined Parrot in November 2015 and was named CFO in 2017. He began his career in management control at Valeo before joining Pechiney as manager of the internal audit department. In 2004, he joined Imerys where he held the positions of head of finance for various BU, then head of strategy & business development for a branch of the group. Olivier Maury is a graduate of EBP-KEDGE Bordeaux and of the Fachhochschule Münster in Germany.

Chris ROBERTS, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Chris Roberts joined Parrot in 2006, establishing the business & distribution subsidiary in the UK as Managing Director. In 2009 Chris Roberts was appointed Vice President EMEA based at Parrot Head Office in Paris with responsibility for the aftermarket business and subsidiaries in Europe, Middle East & Africa. From 2012 to 2016, as part of the international market development strategy, Chris held the position of Vice President & Managing Director for Parrot in the JPAC, with responsibility for Japan, Australia, New Zealand, & SE Asia. In October 2016 Chris was appointed Chief Sales & Marketing Officer based at Parrot Head Office in Paris with responsibility for the global Parrot Drones business and subsidiaries. Chris has over 25 years of experience in the mobile communications & consumer electronics sectors encompassing roles in general management, sales & marketing business development, technical and operations spanning Europe and Asia Pacific. Chris graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Adelaide (Australia) with high performance in strategic management, global branding and business performance improvement.

Elise TCHEN THEBAULT, Chief Industrial, Purchasing & Quality Officer

Elise Tchen Thebault joined Parrot in 2000 to oversee product manufacturing as the Chief Industrial and Quality Officer. She has transformed this department into an industrial division capable of sustaining strong growth. Since September 2006, Elise has been heading up Parrot's Asia-Pacific subsidiary, in Hong Kong and Shenzhen and is also responsible of the Purchase department. She has developed an entity covering both the industrial section and component sourcing. This entity is enabling the Group to be as close as possible to suppliers in order to ensure effective control over quality and reduce the costs of the products manufactured. After graduating from ENSEM in Nancy, she began her career at Renault, first in the research division, and then in the cabling engineering research team.