Appointment of Philippe DONCHE-GAY as chairman and expansion of the board of directors

As announced in the press release of May 14, 2019, the Board of Directors has appointed Philippe Donche-Gay Chairman following his election as director at the Shareholders’ General Meeting of the same date.

After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique and Stanford University in California, Philippe Donche-Gay began his career at IBM in 1982. In 1994, he joined the management of Capgemini and participated in the creation of Capgemini Telecom & Media, of which he became Chief Operating Officer (CEO) in 2001.

In 2004, he was appointed CEO of Capgemini France, and in 2007 CEO of Capgemini Western Europe. In 2008, he became the head of operations of Bureau Veritas. He was appointed Executive Vice President of the Marine & Offshore Division in 2013, and Group Deputy CEO in 2017, a position he held until the beginning of 2019.

Philippe Donche-Gay said: “I would like to thank the Shareholders’ General Meeting and the Board of Directors for their trust. I hope to bring my knowledge of the world of digital to the Group and support its management in defining and implementing the new strategic plan, which will be presented soon.”

At the same meeting, the shareholders voted to expand the Board of Directors, which is now made up of:

  • Monsieur Philippe Donche-Gay, Chairman*  ;
  • Monsieur Didier Fauque, Chief Executive Officer ;
  • Monsieur Jérôme Abergel, director representing employees ;
  • Monsieur David Amar* ;
  • Monsieur Hervé de Beublain ;
  • Madame Nathalie Mesny, representative of Brand & Retail* ;
  • Madame Véronique Reille Soult de Dalmatie ;
  • Madame Ariel Steinmann* ;
  • Monsieur Philippe de Verdalle*.



David Amar joined Amar Family Office in 2009 and took over its management in 2013. He specializes in long-term investment in listed companies, wine estates, real estate and property development. David is also Vice-Chairman of Solocal, Executive Director of Holgespar Luxembourg and a Director of the Matignon Investissement et Gestion (Private Equity) investment fund. From 2006 to 2009, he was in charge of wealth management for various major Swiss banks. David received an MBA in Geneva in 2006.


Brand & Retail, founded in 2008 by Nathalie Mesny, provides consulting services in marketing and retail. To date, the company has carried out some 40 assignments to help major groups and SMEs in the manufacturing and retail industries, as well as investment funds, to identify and activate growth drivers both in France and internationally.


Since April 1, 2019, Nathalie Mesny has been Executive Vice President of Monoprix Online, which encompasses all of French retailer Monoprix’s e-commerce operations. A graduate of ESSEC business school, Nathalie began her career at Unilever before joining Carrefour France in 1998 as FMCG Purchasing Director. She then went on to become Marketing, Communication and Brand Director in 2005.

From 2011 to 2015, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Oxybul Eveil et Jeux, an ID Group subsidiary specializing in toys and early learning. In 2015, Nathalie took the reins of Carrefour’s non-food e-commerce operations, running the website. Nathalie is also a member of the Board of Directors of Carmignac (since July 2018) and a member of the Supervisory Board of Damartex (since May 2017).


Ariel Steinmann is Head of Digital Marketing for retail activities at BNP Paribas, which she joined in 2011. She has been in charge of digital marketing for retail banking in France for the two brands BNP Paribas and Hello bank! since 2013.A graduate of ISC Paris business school, Ariel began her working life in consulting and communications agencies in France and the United States.

She has since gained solid experience in the marketing, communications and digital fields, leading major transformation projects in these areas with large groups including Bouygues Telecom and ING Direct France, as well as BNP Paribas and Hello bank!.


Philippe de Verdalle is a partner at Weinberg Capital Partners and Managing Director of the Nobel fund. Prior to this, he was a member of the Management Committee of UBS France (2011-2015), Managing Director of HSBC France responsible for investment activities (2000-2011), and a lecturer in corporate finance at Sciences Po Paris (1997-2011). Philippe is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, has received accreditation from French financial analysts association SFAF, and holds an MBA from INSEAD business school. 

SQLI will present its strategic plan and publish its turnover for the first half of 2019 on July 10, 2019 after the close of trading.

* Appointed by the Shareholders’ General Meeting of June 27, 2019.