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Our executive committee and its members

The Group executive committee works closely with the board of administrators and the board committee. It is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Group and its businesses. It works to achieve the objectives by implementing the strategic direction that has been set.

Véronique Fontaine-Heim, new managing director of the VIVESCIA Cooperative, and Olivier Miaux, Managing Director of VIVESCIA Industries and Director of VIVESCIA Services, work together to lead our Group’s operations, as part of the executive committee. Operating under the authority of the board of administrators and Group President Christoph Büren, they and their teams are responsible for executing the Group’s strategy.

Véronique Fontaine-Heim
Véronique Fontaine-Heim
Managing Director of the VIVESCIA Cooperative and its agricultural subsidiaries
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Véronique Fontaine-Heim
Véronique Fontaine-Heim , Managing Director of the VIVESCIA Cooperative and its agricultural subsidiaries

A graduate of AgroParisTech with a specialised master’s degree from ESSEC business school, Véronique Fontaine-Heim has spent her entire career in the food service industry: 25 years at Nestlé in France with successive roles at head office and with its subsidiaries, then the last 10 years heading up functional and executive teams within Sodiaal cooperative group, Sysco France, and Agromousquetaires group. Véronique has acquired solid experience in managing companies with a variety of business models, in diverse channels, while working in a context of transformation and change.

Véronique Fontaine-Heim oversees, since 1 September, all VIVESCIA’s agricultural businesses  – the Cooperative and its agricultural subsidiaries 

Olivier Miaux
Olivier Miaux
Managing Director of VIVESCIA Industries and VIVESCIA Services
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Olivier Miaux
Olivier Miaux , Managing Director of VIVESCIA Industries and VIVESCIA Services

Olivier Miaux began his career in 1990 as a financial analyst with the broker Fauchier Magnan Durant des Aulnois. In 1991, he moved to Arthur Andersen Audit Paris as an external auditor. He then joined Fichet-Bauche Group as internal auditor and head of management control, and he was appointed director of management control in 1996.

In 2000, he became chief financial officer and financial director of the Gunnebo Integrated Security business unit. In 2007, Olivier made his move to the food industry when he joined Bel Group as head of internal auditing. He was promoted to the role of corporate chief financial officer in 2008, and in 2015 moved to Terrena where he had the same role. In December 2018, he joined our Group as chief financial officer.

In July 2019, he was appointed managing director of VIVESCIA Industries, and in March 2020 he took on the additional role of managing director of VIVESCIA Services.

Olivier is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion.

Frédéric Kasak
Frédéric Kasak
CFO of VIVESCIA Group
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Frédéric Kasak
Frédéric Kasak , CFO of VIVESCIA Group

Frédéric Kasak began his career in 1989 as an internal auditor at Rhône-Poulenc. He held a series of different roles within the company: corporate finance manager, CFO of the Netherlands in 1994, director of management control for Europe, and lastly director of operations for the Nordic and Benelux regions in 1997.

He became deputy CFO, Europe, for Solectron in 2000 and was then CFO of Iveco France and Irisbus Group from 2001 until 2008. He then joined Eurapharma Group (PPR/CFAO) as CFO, before moving to Aelia Group (Lagardère) in 2012. He held CFO roles successively at Alliance Healthcare Group France (Walgreens Boots Alliance Group) from 2014 until 2019, and then at Pichet Group from 2019 until 2020.

In December 2021, Olivier was appointed CFO of VIVESCIA Group

Frédéric Kasak is a graduate of ESCP.

Pierre Garcia
Pierre Garcia
Managing Director of Grands Moulins de Paris
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Pierre Garcia
Pierre Garcia , Managing Director of Grands Moulins de Paris

Pierre Garcia started his career in Pamplona, Spain, in 1994 as sales manager at Harinas Guria. In 1996, he became phosphate market manager at Timab Industries, Rouillier Group, also in Spain. In 1999, he returned to France, joining Grands Moulins de Paris as Peyrehorade site manager and head of milling operations in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes and Hautes-Pyrénées departments.

In 2006, he became director of the Aquitaine region, heading up milling operations for the whole of South-West France. In 2013, he was appointed managing director of Grands Moulins de Paris.

Pierre is an engineer by training, and graduated from ESA Purpan in Toulouse in 1991. He also gained a Master’s degree in trade and marketing, specialising in B2B marketing, from CNAM in 2017.

Robert O’Boyle
Robert O’Boyle
Managing Director of Délifrance
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Robert O’Boyle
Robert O’Boyle , Managing Director of Délifrance

Robert O’Boyle began his career in 1999, as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in Dublin. In 2002, he was appointed senior manager for audit and advisory financial services at KPMG Ireland. In 2006, he arrived in Paris, France, joining Coup de Pates as head of finance.

In 2008, he returned to Ireland briefly as associate director of transaction services at KPMG Ireland. The following year, he joined Arytza Group briefly as financial controller, and became Group head of finance in 2011. In 2013, he was appointed commercial director for Europe, and in 2016, he became managing director of the APMEA zone, with a seat on the group executive committee.

In August 2020, he joined VIVESCIA Group as managing director of Délifrance.

Robert O’Boyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Commerce and Finance from University College Dublin.

Olivier Hautin
Olivier Hautin
Managing Director of Malteurop
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Olivier Hautin
Olivier Hautin , Managing Director of Malteurop

Olivier Hautin has spent the majority of his career with Imerys Group, the world leader in mineral-based specialities for industry, where he held various roles as managing director on international markets, and recently oversaw the corporate development functions.

He joined VIVESCIA Group as managing director of Malteurop in April 2022 and is part of VIVESCIA Group’s executive committee.

Olivier is a graduate of ESCP Business School.

Hugo Naudet
Hugo Naudet
Managing Director of Kalizea
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Hugo Naudet
Hugo Naudet , Managing Director of Kalizea

Hugo Naudet started his career in 2006 as a sales representative at Céralis, where he was promoted to the role of commercial director in 2009.

In 2019, he joined VIVESCIA Group as commercial director of KALIZEA. He was appointed managing director in February 2022.

He is a qualified agricultural engineer with a degree from ENSA in Rennes. He also holds an Executive Master’s degree in Strategy and Management of International Business awarded by ESSEC Business School, Paris, in 2011.

Armand Barré
Armand Barré
Managing Director of NEALIA
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Armand Barré
Armand Barré , Managing Director of NEALIA

Armand Barré began his career in Tunisia in 1997 with a first cooperation mission under contract with Sofiprotéol, now Avril Group. In 1999, he joined Champagne Céréales as marketing manager, before taking on a variety of management responsibilities in the field.

In 2011 he was appointed managing director of Champ’Énergie. In 2015, he was appointed regional director of the VIVESCIA cooperative, and three years later he became commercial director of Nealia. In 2019, he was promoted to the role of managing director of Nealia.

Armand Barré graduated as an agricultural engineer from ESITPA, Rouen. He also obtained an Executive MBA from NEOMA Business School in 2018.

Jean-Christophe Duval
Jean-Christophe Duval
Managing Director of ARD
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Jean-Christophe Duval
Jean-Christophe Duval , Managing Director of ARD

Jean-Christophe Duval began his career in 1989 at Elf Atochem, where he managed business, marketing and industrial development from Eastern Europe to China. Jean-Christophe headed up the "Specialty chemicals" business unit at Atochem (which became Arkema) in Asia, based out of Japan. He then moved to head office to manage the strategic plan for Asia and development projects.

In 2002, he joined Acetex – a spin-off of Rhône-Poulenc – as commercial and marketing director. Four years later, he started his own company, Novialys, a start-up accelerator centred on innovation for firms working on sustainable growth.

In 2013, he became director for entrepreneurship at EIT/Climate KIC, a European agency, before joining ARD in 2015 as business development director. He was also simultaneously appointed managing director of ARD’s subsidiary Wheatoleo, which produces bio-sourced surface-active agents.

In July 2018, he was appointed managing director of ARD. He is also a member of the UIC and the IAR competitiveness cluster.

Jean-Christophe Duval is a graduate of Bordeaux's KEDGE Business School.

Valérie Frapier
Valérie Frapier
Group director of communications, CSR and external relations
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Valérie Frapier
Valérie Frapier , Group director of communications, CSR and external relations

Valérie Frapier began her career in 2000 at Publicis Consultants, the corporate subsidiary of Publicis Group. After starting out as a non-specialist consultant, in 2005 she was seconded to Nestlé France’s communication and public affairs department as a project manager. In 2008, she became director of Publicis Consultants.

In 2010, she left Publicis Group to become director of corporate communications at Charal. In 2014, she headed back into consultancy as director and senior consultant at Meanings, a corporate communications agency, and in 2016 she was appointed managing director.

In January 2018, she joined VIVESCIA Group as communications director. She was promoted in September 2020, becoming group director of communications, CSR and external relations.

Valérie Frapier holds a Master’s degree in CSR management from IAE Gustave Eiffel (Paris) and a Master’s degree in corporate and institutional communication from CELSA (Paris Sorbonne IV).