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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.

Edward PLANCHON
Director since 2004.
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer at Parrot, Inc.

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 the french magazine 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 marketing 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 24th, 2003. After graduating from Rice University in Texas with a masters in mechanical engineering, he began his career in 1975 as a regional director for Trailor SA, 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 to the senior management team at Compagnie Deutsch in 1994, where he has served as chairman and CEO since 1999.

Edward Planchon was appointed as a Company director on May 4th, 2004. He has a degree in economic sciences and international affairs from the University of Michigan, where he also obtained an MBA. He has lived in and traveled to numerous countries and speaks six languages. He began his career in 1957 at Chrysler, where, for 22 years, in the US, Europe and Japan, he was responsible in turn for financial management, marketing and sales worldwide. Over this time, he was in charge of Chrysler’s European distribution subsidiaries, a negotiator on the Chrysler-Mitsubishi agreements, and the CEO responsible for distribution networks for the automobile and heavy goods vehicle brands for Chrysler, Dodge and Mitsubishi around the world (excluding North America and Japan). He joined Valeo in 1987 and was part of its general management team for 16 years. Overseeing international affairs and marketing, he was responsible for the worldwide commercial development of the group. In 2000, he was promoted to CEO for the Valeo group. He was then appointed as an adviser to Valeo’s chairman in 2002, before leaving the group in 2003 (retired).

Olivier Legrain was appointed as an independent director for the Company on September 14th, 2006. He 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 the chairman and CEO of MATERIS, an LBO created out of the LAFARGE group's Specialty Materials branch (1.6 billion euros in revenues over 2006 and 8,200 people). 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 14th, 2006. After graduating from ESSEC, 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 put all his savings into opening up The Phone House, the first fully dedicated mobile telephony store. 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 group, and became its CEO. Today, The Phone House has 2,800 employees in France. At the same time, in 2004 and still with Carphone Warehouse as the main shareholder, he set up Breizh Mobile, an alternative mobile operator for the west of France. In April 2006, the project took on a national dimension through a structure in which he is still a shareholder alongside the Virgin Group and Carphone Warehouse, creating the fourth biggest mobile operator in France under the Virgin Mobile brand. Since then, he has been chairman of Virgin mobile France, while continuing to chair the supervisory board for The Phone House France. Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux also operates as a business angel, and is a director in a wide range of companies, from Micromania to Budget Télécom, Seloger.com, Sporever and Parrot. Since 2005, he has been chairman of Croissance Plus, the association for strong-growing businesses within which he defends the role of entrepreneurs in creating wealth and employment in France. Lastly, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux is overseeing the Auteuil Foundation, France's second-biggest NGO, based on a group of business leader “ambassadors” in charge of subjects for funding.

Jean-Yves Helmer was appointed as a Company director following the General Shareholder meeting held on on June 4th, 2007. Mr. Helmer has been a managing partner at Banque Lazard in Paris since April 2001. 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 Peugeot’s Poissy automobile production centre and, from July 1988 to March 1996, the head of the group’s automobile division. 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. Jean-Yves Helmer is a Corps des Mines engineer, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and has a PhD in economic sciences.

Stéphane Marie was appointed as a Company director following the General Shareholder meeting held on June 18th, 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. He is currently a partner, focused in particular on statutory auditing assignments for real estate, industrial and retail groups. As a director, he brings to Parrot his expertise on legal, financial and risk management issues, as well as regulatory and legislative issues for businesses and more specifically listed companies.

Natalie Rastoin was appointed as a Company director following the General Shareholder meeting held on May 31, 2011. Mrs. Rastoin meets the criteria of independent director. Since 2005, Natalie Rastoin has been Managing Director of Ogilvy France and President of Ogilvy One (since 2010). She started her carrier in strategic planning and went on to join Saatchi & Saatchi in 1986 as Director of Development. In 1991 she was appointed Vice-President, head of European development. In 1992 she became CEO of the Paris branch of BDDP Council before taking over as general managemer of Ogilvy & Mather Paris (1997-2005). Natalie Rastoin has been working with many clients in the High Tech (Cisco, Yahoo, IBM, AOL), particularly on global brand strategy.

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 Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas BESNARD Chief Technical Officer

Xavier BOSGIRAUD Director, Tests & Validation Officer

Samuel GRAND Director, Business Unit

Gilles LABOSSIERE Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Yannick LEVY Director, Business Development



Khaled MAALEJ Chief Technical Officer (Digital)

Guillaume PINTO Chief Technical Officer, Aftermarket

Pilippe POUSSIN Chief Production and Quality Officer

Eric RIYAHI Director, Business Units

Christophe SAUSSE Chief Human Resources Officer

Julien SERRY Chief Purchase Officer

Elise TCHEN Chief Industrial Officer, CEO of Parrot Asia Pacific



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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.


Nicolas Besnard joined Parrot in 1994 (year when it was founded) and has been its Chief Technical Officer for many years now, after working as a software development engineer then head of software development. After graduating from Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Supelec) in Gif-sur-Yvette, he began his career at the Kourou-Arianespace space center in French Guyana, carrying out software development research as part of the "ground resources" team for the European launcher Ariane IV.


Xavier Bosgiraud has been Chief Validation officer since 2008. In 2003, he joined Parrot as a Quality Engineer and in 2007 he became Responsible for Product Validation. He holds a PhD in Electronics and Robotics from the Pierre and Marie Curie University and began in the consulting sector working at Altran Technologies.


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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.


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Nicolas Halftermeyer joined Parrot in April 2005 as Head of Web & e-Commerce then, with the development of digital activities, Nicolas became Head of Digital Marketing & e-Commerce. Since January 1, 2013, he has been Head of Marketing & Communication. After graduating from Amiens business school, he began his career in October 1996 as a Product Manager with Netgem, before moving to Business Objects as Head of e-Business Development Europe from 1998 to 2001, then serving as Marketing Manager for high-tech start-ups from 2003 to 2005.


labossiereGilles Labossière 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.


levyYannick Levy graduated from Supelec in 1991 and completed his Ph.D. at Notre Dame University in the US in 1994. He began his career as a project leader with SAT, a Sagem group subsidiary, where he oversaw the development of digital equipment for cable television networks. In 1997, he joined the Luxembourg-based firm Astra as a systems engineer. In 1998, he created a new business unit within the American company Atmel, overseeing the development and sale of integrated chipsets for cable and fiber optic-based access to digital television and the internet. In 2000, he co-founded DiBcom, a pioneering company in the mobile television field; he led the company from 2000 to 2011 before joining Parrot when DiBcom was sold to Parrot in September 2011. At this point Mr. Levy headed the Digital Tuner business unit and he is now in charge of Business Development.


Khaled Maalej joined Parrot in September 2011 as Technical Director of the Digital Tuner business unit following the acquisition of DiBcom. In 2000, he co-founded DiBcom. Previously, Khaled Maalej was technical director of Atmel Communication’s broadband communications branch and spent five years in the signal processing team at Sat/Sagem, co-developing several integrated chipsets. Khaled Maalej graduated as an engineer from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau) and Ecole Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris).


Guillaume Pinto joined Parrot in January 2006 as Deputy Chief Technical Officer in charge of the organization of the research office, as well as project planning and coordination. A Polytechnique graduate, he worked in 2004 in the signal processing department which was part of Parrot's research office, before continuing with his studies at Stanford University (US).


Philippe Poussin joined the company in 2005, and after overseeing production and logistics, is currently the chief production and quality officer. After graduating from the INSA and Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Rennes, he began his career in 1991 as an industrialization engineer within the Océ Group. In 1996, he joined Num, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, working first as a methods engineer and then as head of production. In 2003, he joined ISS, a subsidiary of EADS, where he was in charge of industrialization.


Eric Riyahi joined Parrot in September 2005 as Executive Director for the OEM Key Accounts range. In 1994, he joined the Valeo Electronique group, working as an applications engineer and then project manager, responsible for costs, quality and deadlines. In 1999, he started off as a customer account manager for Visteon, where he then became a European product manager. Eric graduated from INSEAD YMP and EUDIL in Lille.


Christophe Sausse joined Parrot in April 2006 as Head of Human Resources. After completing his post-graduate DESS in human resources at the IEP in Paris, he began his career in 1995 at Saft, where he was responsible for executive recruitment then head of personnel. Between 1998 and 2000, he was involved in setting up the HR function as Human Resources Development Manager within the Sema Group. In 2000, he joined Bouygues Télécom, serving as HR manager then head of human resources for a subsidiary.


serry Julien Serry joined Parrot in November 2013 as Group Procurement Officer. He graduated from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne. From 1999 to 2007, he held various procurement positions within the PSA Peugeot Citroën group, including procurement manager for vehicle interior equipment. He then spent six years in the smartcard sector and more specifically with FCI, where he set up the procurement department for the FCI Microconnections division. From 2011 to 2012, he headed up the procurement department of the Linxens group (formerly FCI Microconnections), following the spin-off by the Bain Capital fund.


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.