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Corporate Governance



Parrot has adopted the MiddleNext governance code, specific to small and midcaps.
Detailed information on Parrot's corporate governance is available in the most recent Annual Report.
This section higlights the corporate governance structure:



Board members

Henri SEYDOUX
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Marie PAINVIN
Director since 2003.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Deutsch.

BPIFrance Participations SA
Director since 2016.
represented by Paul-François FOURNIER, Executive Director of BPIFrance

Olivier LEGRAIN
Independant director since 2006.
CEO of Materis.

Geoffroy ROUX DE BÉZIEUX
Independent director since 2006.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Mobile France and founder of The Phone House.

Jean-Yves HELMER
Director since 2007.
Partner at Banque Lazard.

Stéphane MARIE
Director since 2009.
statutory auditor and certified accountant at Corevise.

Natalie RASTOIN
Independant director since 2011.
CEO of Ogilvy France.

Marie EKELAND
Independent director since 2014.
Co-founder and Co-chairman of France Digitale.

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Board members biographies


Henri Seydoux founded the Company 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.

Jean-Marie Painvin was appointed as a Company director on June 24, 2003. After graduating from Rice University in Texas with a Masters degree in mechanical engineering, he began his career in 1975 as a regional director for Trailor S.A., where he went on to become sales and marketing director between 1981 and 1988. In 1988, he became Chairman of Deutsch Relays, Inc. in the US, and was then appointed in 1994 to head up Compagnie Deutsch, where he has served as Chairman and CEO since 1999. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Deutsch group.

BPIFrance Participations SA was appointed as a Company director on June 16, 2016 and is represented by Mr Paul-François Fournier, Executive Director of Bpifrance's Innovation Division since 2013. A Polytechnique and Telecom ParisTech graduate, Paul-François Fournier joined the France Telecom-Orange group in 1994 as a sales engineer and spent seven years developing business services. In 2001, Paul-François Fournier was appointed head of broadband business at Wanadoo, ensuring the successful growth of ADSL offers in France. He was also involved in the group's international operations as a member of the Wanadoo Group executive committee. He led a number of strategic projects, including the launch of the Livebox and voice over IP, in partnership with Inventel and Netcentrex, two French startups. Paul-François Fournier has been Executive Director of Orange's Technocentre since 2011, in charge of product innovation.

Olivier Legrain was appointed as an independent director for the Company on September 14, 2006. Olivier Legrain graduated in civil engineering from the Ecole des Mînes and from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE). After various executive management positions within the Rhône Poulenc group, he served as the deputy CEO for the Basic Chemicals Division from 1986 to 1990, for the Fibers and Polymers sector from 1990 to 1991, and for the Organic Intermediates and Minerals sector from 1991 to 1993. In 1994, he was appointed deputy CEO for the Lafarge group and a member of the executive committee. In 1995, he was appointed to head up the Specialty Materials branch, before also taking on responsibility for the group's strategic coordination in 1997. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of Materis. He has also been a director at Rhodia since May 2005.

Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux was appointed as an independent director for the Company on September 14, 2006. After graduating from ESSEC and completing a postgraduate DESS at Dauphine in 1984, he spent two years in the special forces (Marine Commandos), with operations in Africa and Lebanon. He then joined the L'Oréal group, where he spent 10 years in various positions in both France and abroad, notably serving as head of marketing in the UK and then CEO for Poland. In 1996, he set up The Phone House the first fully dedicated chain of mobile telephony stores. One year later, he brought the English group The Carphone Warehouse on board as a shareholder. In 2000, with a network of 100 stores, he sold The Phone House off to this London-listed group and became its CEO for four years in order to develop Phone house in Europe. Today, The Phone House has 2,000 employees in France and 15,000 across Europe. In 2004 and still with Carphone Warehouse as a shareholder alongside him, he set up the company Omer Telecom, launching Breizh Mobile, an alternative mobile operator for the west of France. In 2006, he convinced the Virgin Group to invest in this project and launched Virgin Mobile. In 2008, he bought out Télé 2 mobile. Today, Omea Telecom (Virgin Mobile) has become Europe’s leading full mobile virtual network operator (full MVNO), using two operators simultaneously.
From 2005 to 2008, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux was President of CroissancePlus, the association for strong-growth businesses. He is a member of the Conseil de France Investissement and the Attali and Levy-Jouyet Commissions. From 2008 to 2010, he chaired Unedic. Since 2013, he has also been an Office member, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of Medef. He founded Alternative Mobile, the association for alternative operators, serving as its chairman from 2007 to 2009. He is a director at Unetel. Lastly, he has set up a charity foundation with his wife - the ARAOK Foundation - under the auspices of Fondation de France.

Jean-Yves Helmer was appointed as a Company director on June 4, 2007. Jean-Yves Helmer is a managing partner at Lazard Frères in Paris and Managing Director of Lazard LLC. In April 2001, he joined Lazard. He previously spent five years as the delegate general for armament at the French Ministry of Defense, where he was responsible for armament acquisitions, as well as a range of industrial activities, such as the naval construction division. Before being appointed as the delegate general for armament by the French government in March 1996, he had spent 18 years with the PSA Peugeot Citröen automobile group, where he held various positions, notably as the manager in charge of after-sales services and spare parts, the head of exports, the head of the Poissy production center and, from July 1988 to March 1996, the head of the automobile division, the group's number 2. Before joining PSA Peugeot Citröen, he began his career in the civil service, notably in the Ministry of Finance's treasury division and as an industrial affairs adviser for Prime Minister Raymond Barre from August 1976 to May 1978.

Stéphane Marie was appointed as a Company director on June 18, 2009. Stéphane Marie is a statutory auditor and certified accountant and graduated from CPA (HEC Executive MBA). He worked in international audit firms for nine years, including nearly three in the US, before joining the Paris-based firm Corévise in 1994, a member of Nexia International. He is currently a partner, focused in particular on statutory auditing assignments for real estate, industrial and retail groups.

Natalie Rastoin was appointed as a Company director on May 31, 2011. She also satisfies the criteria to be considered an independent director. Natalie Rastoin has been CEO of Ogilvy Paris since 2015. After starting off in strategic planning, she joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 1986 as Chief Development Officer, then, in 1991, she was appointed Vice-President in charge of European development. In 1992, she became CEO of the Paris branch of BDDP Conseil, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather Paris in 1997 (1997-2005). Natalie Rastoin has worked with many high-tech clients, particularly on brand globalization issues (Cisco, Yahoo!, IBM, AOL, Google) as well as start-ups, in particular NUMA, which she advises. She is also a Director at Pégase (brands Carel, Carvil & Accessoire) and Member of the Supervisory Committee of HighCo.

Marie Ekeland was appointed as a Company director following the General Shareholder meeting held on June 11th, 2014. Mrs. Ekeland meets the criteria of independent director. Marie Ekeland is the co-founder and co-chairman of France Digitale francedigitale.org), an association that brings together digital innovation investors and entrepreneurs for the development of this ecosystem. She is also a member of the national digital council (Conseil National du Numérique) and the strategy council of Bpifrance Le Lab. Marie Ekeland formely worked as a partner in Elaia Partners, a venture capital company focused on the digital economy. She began her career in 1997 as an IT engineer with the investment bank JP Morgan, initially in New York, where she was involved in developing an application for the Fixed Income trading rooms, then in Paris, where she managed the team in charge of its global support. Marie Ekeland joined CPR Private Equity’s innovation investment team in 2000, before moving to the Venture Capital team at Crédit Agricole Private Equity and then joining Elaia Partners in 2005.


Management

Henri SEYDOUX Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Olivier BRETT Director, Quality

Samuel GRAND Director, Business Unit

Ludovic FLORET Group General Counsel



Gilles LABOSSIERE Executive Vice President, COO

Olivier MAURY Director, Finance

Chris ROBERTS Director, Sales & Marketing

Elise TCHEN THEBAULT Director, Purchase & Production



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Key managers biographies


Henri Seydoux founded the Company 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.


labossiereGilles Labossière is Executive Vice President and COO of Parrot since May 2017; he joined Parrot in September 2008 as the Group's Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. An HEC graduate, 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 and Operations Officer. In 1997, he joined Techpack International as Chief Financial and Operations Officer. In 2000, he was involved in founding Republic Alley, a major incubator for innovative companies in France, where he was Chairman. In 2003, he became Chief Financial and Operations Officer at Linedata Services, before joining Rocamat as Deputy Chief Executive Officer to accompany the drive to turn this company around.


Olivier Brett joined Parrot in 2008 as an engineer to monitor the quality of the products. Since 2012, he holds the position of quality manager for Drones. He initially took charge of product quality (project and marketing follow-up), to which was added software quality and QSE (quality, safety and environment). A graduate of INPG, he previously worked for Airbus, Thales, and Safran.

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Samuel Grand joined Parrot in 2005 as Chief Procurement Officer, before being appointed to head up the new business unit Varioptic at the end of 2011. With a postgraduate DESS in procurement and electronics from Bordeaux University, he began his career in a tech firm from the telecoms sector in Portugal. Between 1998 and 2001, he served as a buyer and senior buyer respectively for Beta Electronics then ACT Manufacturing, two electronics subcontractors based in Ireland. Between 2001 and 2005, he became head of procurement for Eurologic then NCR, both American electronics manufacturers and world leaders in their fields.



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




Chris Roberts joined Parrot in 2006, establishing the business & distribution subsidiary in the UK as Managing Director. In 2009 Chris 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. In 2005 Chris was recognized by the University of Adelaide for the highest achievement in Operations Management.


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 growing at the same rate as the Company. Since September 2006, Elise has been heading up Parrot's Asia-Pacific subsidiary, in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. 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 dramatically 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.