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Corporate governance

Parrot has adopted the MiddleNext governance code, specific to small and midcaps companies (available herein French). Detailed information on Parrot's corporate governance is available in the most recent Annual Report.

Corporate governance section includes:

  • Management
  • Managers biographies
  • Board of directors
  • Directors biographies

    Management of the Group

  • Henri SEYDOUX Chairman & CEO of Parrot SA
  • Gilles LABOSSIERE Executive vice-president & COO of Parrot SA

  • Mathieu BABEL R&D, Product development
  • Jacques BOUCHET HR, Parrot group
  • Ivan DJELIC R&D, Hardware, software & mechanics.
  • Ludovic FLORET Legal
  • Olivier MAURY Finance
  • Frédéric PIRAT R&D, Product development
  • Chris ROBERTS Sales & Marketing
  • Elise TCHEN THEBAULT Purchase & Industry

  • Jean-Luc TÉTÉ President of Parrot Automotive SA.

    Officers & Managers biographies

    Henri Seydoux 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.

    Gilles Labossière Gilles Labossière is Executive Vice President and COO of Parrot since May 2017; he had 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 drive the turnaround of this company.

    Mathieu Babel is an R&D officer, in charge of Product development since mid-2017. He began his career in 2008 as an inertial navigation engineer for Sagem Défense. In 2011, he joined Parrot as an automation engineer and worked on the development of automatic drone piloting systems. In 2013, he became responsible for the automatic team and in 2016 expanded his scope to include computer vision and propulsion. Mathieu is a graduate of ISAE in Toulouse and a master in astronautics from Cranfield University (UK).

    Jacques Bouchet has been Director of Human Resources at Parrot since 2017. Holder of a Master's degree in Science & Technology and a graduate of the IAE in Paris, Jacques has more than 20 years of experience in the management of Human Resources, consulting and implementing of transformation projects. He started his career in IT at EDS as Account Manager, then joined in 1992 an engineering company, SODETEG, as a project manager for international development projects in the field of training and education. He then joined Thales Airsys as Head of Competence Management, then as HR Site Manager and heading a newly created Customer Service Department. In 2003, he became Director of Human Resources France for Grass Valley (HD audiovisual equipment). In 2005, he held the position of HR Director Europe for Talc de Luzenac. Following the sale of Talks de Luzenac by Rio Tinto in 2011, he joined London to become, in 2011, DRH World of Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium business operating mainly in Africa and Canada. In 2013, as part of the digital transformation of the group's HR function, he is in charge of Rio Tinto's Diamonds & Minerals Division as HRD / HR Business Leader, setting up a new HR organization on the entire Group sites in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Australia.

    Ivan Djelic is an R&D officer, in charge of hardware, software and mecanics since mid-2017. He joined Parrot in 2004 as a software development engineer. From 2007 to 2013, he was responsible for the software team in charge of the operating system of all Parrot products. From 2013 to 2015, he supervises System, Network and Asic software development before fully focusing on drones in 2015. Ivan graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris.

    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.

    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 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.

    Frédéric Pirat is an R&D in charge of Product development since mid-2017. He specializes in developing solutions for the professional market. Frédéric Pirat joined Parrot in 2004. Holding an engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications, he began his career in 2001 at Texas Instrument and then joined Newlogic, a startup specialized in the development of wireless ASIC where he was in charge of developing the Bluetooth stack. In 2004, he joined Parrot as a software developer on Bluetooth handsfree kits, before being named Project Manager on the Zik range in 2006. In 2015, he switched to the development of drones, including the fixed-wing Parrot Disco.

    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 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.

    Jean-Luc Tété was appointed President of Parrot Automotive in March 2017 following the gradual merger between Parrot Automotive and Faurecia. He began his career in 1993 at Valeo Thermal Systems in Germany and joined Valeo's Engine Cooling division in 1998, where he was Managing Director UK from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, he joined Faurecia Seating (Faurecia Group's) as Commercial director in charge of Renault Nissan and then, from 2007 to 2009, as Director in charge of PSA (Peugeot-Citroën). In 2009, Jean-Luc Tété was appointed Commercial and Programs Director of the Mechanisms Division of Faurecia Seating. Since 2013, Jean-Luc Tété has been Vice President of the Comfort & Trim division of Faurecia Seating. Jean-Luc Tété is an engineer, graduated from ESTACA and Von Karman Institute (Belgium).

    Board of directors of Parrot SA

    The board of director is comprised of 9 members. It is chaired by Henri Seydoux, founder of Parrot, joined by 4 men directors and 4 women directors. At the end of 2017, 6 members of the board are independent.

  • Henri SEYDOUX Chairman, CEO and founder of Parrot
  • BPIFRANCE PARTICIPATIONS S.A. Director since 2016, represented by Paul-François FOURNIER, Executive director of BPIFrance.
  • Agnès BUREAU-MIRATDirector since 2017, independent.
  • Marie EKELAND Director since 2014, independent.
  • Stéphane MARIE Director since 2009, independent.
  • Jean-Marie PAINVIN Director since 2003.
  • Natalie RASTOINDirector since 2011, independent.
  • Geoffroy ROUX DE BÉZIEUX Director since 2006, independent.
  • Anne SAMAK DE LA CERDA Director since 2017, independent.

    Directors biographies

    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.

    Paul-François FOURNIER represents BPIfrance S.A. which was appointed as a Company director on June 16, 2016. 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. Paul-François Fournier is Executive Director of Bpifrance's Innovation Division since 2013, BPIfrance S.A. is the French public investment bank.

    Agnès BUREAU-MIRAT was appointed as a Company director on June 21, 2017. An IEP Paris graduate, with a masters in human resources management from Université Paris IX Dauphine, Agnès Bureau-Mirat began her career in 1986 as an Internal Communications and Human Resources Development Manager for La Samaritaine. In 1990, she joined the Ciments Français-Italcementi group, where she held various international human resources management positions, in Paris and Bergamo. In 1999, she moved to the Vivendi Universal group as Director of HR Development for VU Publishing, before being appointed VP Human Resources for VU Santé. From 2003, she served as VP Human Resources for the Valeo group's aftermarket activities. In 2006, she became the Arjowiggins group's SVP Human Resources and a member of its executive committee. She joined Elior in 2009 as SVP Human Resources and CSR, as well as a member of the group's executive committee. She also sat on the board of Grupo Areas in Barcelona from 2011 to 2015, a market leader for concession catering and stores serving airports, stations and highways in Spain and the US. Since 2017, she has been a Senior Business Advisor with the Paris-based consultancy X-PM, specialized in transition management and part of the international Wil Group network. As a company director, Agnès Bureau-Mirat has been a chartered member of the French Institute of Directors in Paris and the Institute of Directors in London since 2016.

    Marie EKELAND was appointed as a Company director on June 11, 2014. Marie Ekeland is the co-founder of Daphni, a venture capital fund focused on European digital startups. Marie is also Vice-Chairman of France Digitale, an association that brings together digital investors and entrepreneurs, and a member of the national digital council (Conseil National du Numérique). She began her career in 1997 as an IT engineer with the investment bank JP Morgan in New York. In 2000, she joined the innovation investment team at CPR Private Equity, which later became Crédit Agricole Private Equity. In 2005, she joined Elaia Partners, where she was notably involved in the investments in Criteo and Sigfox. Marie Ekeland also sits on the boards of directors of Criteo and Showroomprivé. Marie Ekeland has a degree in mathematics and IT engineering from Université Paris IX Dauphine, and a masters in economic policy and analysis from Ecole d’Economie de Paris.

    Stéphane MARIE was appointed as a Company director on June 18, 2009. Stéphane Marie is a chartered accountant and statutory auditor. He graduated from Dauphine and has an Executive MBA from HEC. He worked in international audit firms for nine years, including nearly three years in the US, before joining the Paris-based firm RSM in 1994. He is currently a partner and a member of the management committee, focused in particular on statutory auditing assignments for real estate, industrial and retail groups.

    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, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1999 to 2013. In 2013, he founded JM Investment, where he is currently its Chairman.

    Natalie RASTOIN was appointed as a Company director on May 31, 2011. She also satisfies the criteria to be considered an independent director. Since 2015, Natalie Rastoin has been Chairwoman of Ogilvy Paris. 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 globalization issues for global brands (Cisco, Yahoo!, IBM, AOL, Google), as well as startups, particularly in collaboration with NUMA, which she advises. She is also a director of Pégase (Carel, Carvil and Accessoire brands) and a member of HighCo's supervisory board.

    Geoffroy ROUX DE BÉZIEUX was appointed as a Company director 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, this group listed in London and took control of The Phone House. He became its Chief Executive Officer to develop Phone House in Europe from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, he set up the company Omea Telecom, which launched Breizh Mobile, the first alternative mobile operator (MVNO). In 2006, he convinced the Virgin Group to invest in this project and launched Virgin Mobile. In December 2014, Numéricâble bought out Omea Telecom for 325 M€. In January 2015, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux set up Notus Technologies, an industrial group of innovative companies serving retail markets, including firms such as Inès de la Fressange and Crédit.fr. In January 2016, he bought out Oliviers et compagnie, a company that produces (in France) and sells olive oil and related products worldwide (60% export). From 2003 to 2008, he was Vice-Chairman then Chairman of Croissance Plus, the association for high-growth businesses. He has been a member of the Board at France Investissement and been part of the Attali and Levy-Jouyet Commissions. From 2008 to 2012, he was Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Unedic for MEDEF. Since July 2013, he has been Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of MEDEF, in charge of its “Economy” section. He has been Vice-Chairman of the French telecoms federation (FFT). Lastly, with his wife, he has set up a charity foundation - the ARAOK Foundation - under the auspices of Fondation de France, providing funding for humanitarian associations.

    Anne SAMAK DE LA CERDA was appointed as an independent director for the Company on June 21, 2017. Based in San Francisco since the acquisition of Withings by Nokia in 2016, Anne is in Director of finance for the Digital Health Business. Since joining Withings as a CFO in 2013, she has built the financial and legal teams and put in place the operational processes in a context of strong growth. Previously at LeGuide.com, Anne held the position of Chief Financial Officer, a position created after the company's IPO in July 2006. She led the fundraising on Alternext, and two international acquisitions while structuring the financial and HR teams in the operational growth phase. Graduate of ESCP-EAP, Anne Samak from Cerda started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and then in the Vivendi group. Member of the French Institute of Directors and the Financial Executives International network since 2016.

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