Board of Directors

The composition of the Board offers a complementarity of experiences, nationalities and cultures. It reflects the diversity policy defined by the Board of Directors.

Benoît Potier

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Born in 1957 – French nationality

Date of first appointment: 2000
Start of current term: 2022
End of current term: 2026

A graduate of CentraleSupélec (Ecole Centrale Paris), Benoît Potier joined Air Liquide in 1981 as a Research and Development engineer. After serving as a Project Manager in the Engineering and Construction Division, he was made Vice-President of Energy Development in the Large Industries business line. In 1993, he became Director of Strategy & Organization and, in 1994, was put in charge of the Chemicals, Metal & Steel, Oil and Energy Markets. He was made an Executive Vice-President of Air Liquide in 1995 with additional responsibilities over the Engineering & Construction Division and the Large Industries operations in Europe. Benoît Potier was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in 1997. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2000 and became Chairman of the Management Board in November 2001. In 2006, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Air Liquide S.A.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: L’Air Liquide S.A.*, Air Liquide International, Air Liquide International Corporation (ALIC)
  • Director: American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., The Hydrogen Company, Air Liquide Foundation

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Member of the Supervisory Board: Siemens AG* (member of the Nominating Committee)
  • Co-chair: Conseil National de l'Hydrogène
  • Member: European Round Table (ERT), Paris-Saclay university Strategic Orientation Committee, Asia Business Council, Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy
  • Member of the French Board: INSEAD
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Geneviève Berger

Independent Director

Born in 1955 - French nationality

Date of first appointment: 2015
Start of current term: 2019
End of current term: 2023

With a Ph.D. in physics, Doctor of Medecine and with a Ph.D. human biology, Geneviève Berger was Director of the mixed laboratory for parametric imaging CNRS-Broussais Hôtel-Dieu from 1991 to 2000. She was General Manager of the CNRS between 2000 and 2003. She served as University Professor and Hospital Managing Director at La Pitié-Salpêtrière between 2003 and 2008 before joining Unilever as Chief Research and Development Officer and then Chief Science Officer from 2008 to 2014. Geneviève Berger was the Head of the research departement at the Swiss company Firmenich from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021 and Strategic Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until December 31, 2021.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L'Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Environment and Society Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Strategic advisor: OM Pharma
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Anette Bronder

Independent Director

Born in 1967 - German nationality

Date of first appointment: 2020
Start of current term: 2020
End of current term: 2024

A German citizen, Anette Bronder is a graduate of the University of Stuttgart (holder of a Master in Economics and Social Sciences). She started her career with Hewlett Packard GmbH in 1997, specializing in IT and Consulting, and held a number of senior management positions. In 2010, she was appointed Director of Enterprise Technology at Vodafone Germany, and became Director of Enterprise Technology for Vodafone Group worldwide in London in 2013. In 2015, Anette Bronder joined T-Systems International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, as Director Digital Division and a member of the Management Board, responsible for building up and managing the growth areas "Internet of Things", "Public Cloud" and "Cybersecurity". Fom June 1st, 2019 to December 31, 2021, Anette Bronder was the Group Chief Operating Officer of Swiss Re, a world leading provider of re-insurance, based in Zurich.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L'Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Audit and Accounts Committee

(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

 

Philippe Dubrulle

Director representing the employees

Born in 1972 - French nationality

Date of first appointment by the Group Committee in France: 2014
Start of current term: 2022
End of current term: 2026

An enginneering graduate from École Supérieure de l’Énergie et des Matériaux, Philippe Dubrulle has held various positions as an engineer, Product Manager and International Sales Manager at several aeronautical groups both in France and abroad. He joined Air Liquide Group in 2008. Based in Sassenage, he is an employee of the subsidiary Air Liquide Advanced Technologies. He is Programmes & Services Manager, Aerospace & Defense. Philippe Dubrulle was appointed as the Director representing the employees by the Group Committee in France on June 18, 2014, his office was renewed by that same Committee, at its plenary session on December 6, 2017. A Member of the French Institute of Directors, he has been a Certified Company Director – ASC France since November 2016.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Environment and Society Committee
  • Programmmes & Services Manager, Aerospace & Defense: Air Liquide Advanced Technologies
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Bertrand Dumazy

Independent Director

Born in 1971 - Nationality French

Date of first appointment: 2021
Start of current term: 2021
End of current term: 2025

Bertrand Dumazy is a graduate of ESCP Europe and holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He started his career in 1994 as a consultant with Bain & Company, first in Paris and later in Los Angeles. He then worked as an Investment Director of BC Partners in 1999. In 2002, he joined the Neopost group. Initially Head of Marketing and Strategy, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Neopost France in 2005 and then Executive Vice President, Finance for the Neopost Group in 2008. In 2011, he became President and CEO of Deutsch, a world leader in high performance connectors, a position he held until the group was acquired by TE Connectivity. In 2012, he joined Materis as Executive Vice President then CEO and eventually President and CEO of the group, renamed Cromology. In October 2015, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Edenred group.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Appointments and Governance Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Edenred SA*
  • Director: Neoen SA*
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

 

Aiman Ezzat

Independent Director

Born in 1961 - French nationality

Date of first appointment: 2021
Start of current term: 2021
End of current term: 2025

Holder of a MSc (Master of Sciences) in chemical engineering from École Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Électronique de Lyon (France) and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management (UCLA), Aiman Ezzat joined the Capgemini Group in 1991, at Capgemini Consulting (now Capgemini Invent) where, in particular, he held the position of Global Head of Oil & Gas and Chemicals practice. Between 2000 and 2004, he managed the international operations of Genpact Headstrong Capital Markets, a consulting firm specializing in the technology used in the financial services sector, with clients based in Asia, North America and Europe. He then joined Capgemini, where he was appointed Deputy Director of Strategy in 2005, and then held several management positions: Chief Operating Officer (2007-2008) and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Global Business Unit (2008-2012), Chief Financial Officer (2012-2018) and then Group Chief Operating Officer in 2018. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini since May 2020. In September 2021, he was named the "Best European CEO" for the technology and software category in the "2021 All Europe Executive Team" Institutional Investor annual ranking.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Audit and Accounts Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Chief Executive Officer and Director: Capgemini SE * (since May 2020)
  • Chairman: Capgemini Service SAS (since May 2020), Capgemini Latin America SAS (USA) (since May 2020), SOGETI France 2005 SAS (since May 2018)
  • Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer: Capgemini North America, Inc. (USA) (since May 2020)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors: Capgemini America, Inc. (USA) (since May 2020)
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Capgemini NV (Netherlands) (since November 2020)
  • Director: Purpose Global PNC (USA) (since April 2020), Capgemini International BV (Netherlands) (since May 2020), Capgemini Technology Services India Limited (since January 2021)
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Siân Herbert-Jones

Independent Director

Born in 1960 - British nationality

Date of first appointment: 2011
Start of current term: 2019
End of current term: 2023

Holder of a Master of Art degree in History from Oxford University and a graduate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Siân Herbert-Jones first practiced for 13 years with the firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in the London office from 1983-1993 in particular in the capacity of Corporate Finance Manager, then in the Paris office from 1993 to 1995 in the capacity of Mergers & Acquisitions Manager. She then joined the Sodexo Group in 1995 in which she was successively in charge of international development from 1995 to 1998 and the Group’s Treasury Department from 1998 to 2000 then Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2000. From 2001 to December 21, 2015, she was Chief Financial Officer; and member of the Executive Committee of the Sodexo Group. Since 2016, she holds several positions within Board of Directors of large companies and also pursues other consulting activities in societal and environmental fields.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Chairman of the Audit and Accounts Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: Cap Gemini SE* (member of the Audit and Risks Committee), Bureau Veritas* (member of the Audit and Risks Committee), Compagnie Financière Aurore Internationale (Sodexo Group - Belgium)
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Xavier Huillard

Independent Director - Lead Director

Born in 1954 - French nationality

Date of first appointment: 2017
Start of current term: 2021
End of current term: 2025

Career

Xavier Huillard is a graduate of the École polytechnique and the École nationale des ponts et chaussées. He has spent most of his working life in the construction industry in France and abroad. He joined Sogea in December 1996 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of international activities and specific projects, and then became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. He was appointed Deputy General Manager of VINCI in March 1998 and was Chairman of VINCI Construction from 2000 to 2002. He was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of VINCI and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Energies from 2002 to 2004, then Chairman of VINCI Energies from 2004 to 2005. Xavier Huillard became Director and Chief Executive Officer of VINCI in 2006 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of VINCI on May 6, 2010. He was Chairman of the Institut de l’Entreprise from January 2011 to January 2017. Xavier Huillard is Chairman of VINCI Concessions since June 20, 2016.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L'Air Liquide S.A.* (Lead Director since May 2022)
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Chairman of the Appointments and Governance Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: VINCI*
  • Chairman: VINCI Concessions SAS
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board: VINCI Deutschland GmbH
  • Permanent representative of VINCI on the Board of Directors of VINCI Energies, and of Fabrique de la Cité
  • Permanent representative of Snel on the Board of Directors of ASF
  • Permanent representative of VINCI Autoroutes on the Board of Directors of Cofiroute
  • Chairman: Fondation d’entreprise VINCI de la Cité
  • Director: Kansai Airports, Association Aurore
  • Honorary Chairman: Institut de l'entreprise

(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

François Jackow

Director

Born in 1969 - French nationality

Date of first appointment: 2022
Start of current term: 2022
End of current term: 2026

François Jackow has a dual scientific and managerial education acquired in France and in the United States. A graduate from the École normale supérieure of Paris, he also holds a Masters degree in Chemistry from Harvard University in the United States and an MBA from the Collège des ingénieurs. He joined the Air Liquide group in 1993. After a very international career started in the United States and in the Netherlands which led him to successively hold responsibilities in sales, marketing, and engineering & construction, François Jackow worked for two years alongside Benoît Potier, Chief Executive of the Group at that time. In 2002, he was appointed Vice President of Innovation, supervising Research & Development activities as well as Advanced Technologies for the Group. Starting 2007, he undertakes the responsibility of Chief Executive Officer for Air Liquide Japan, based in Tokyo, before being appointed Group Vice President of the Large Industries Business Line in 2011. In 2014, François Jackow joined the Executive Committee and was designated as the Group’s Strategy Vice President. In this role, he oversees the development of the NEOS strategic plan and contributes to the Airgas acquisition in 2016. A member of the Executive Committee, François Jackow is currently Executive Vice President supervising notably Europe Industries, Europe Healthcare as well as Africa, Middle-East & India hubs. He is also in charge of the Healthcare World Business Line, the Innovation, Technologies, Digital and IT functions also report to him, as well as the Customer Division, which he created in 2014.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director: Air Liquide Santé International
  • Director: Air Liquide Foundation

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Member of the Management Committee: Atelier de Constructions Mécaniques de la Marne (A.C.M.M.)
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Kim Ann Mink

Independent Director

Born in 1959 - American nationality

Date of first appointment: 2020
Start of current term: 2020
End of current term: 2024

An American citizen, Kim Ann Mink holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Duke University, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mink spent most of her career in leading international groups in the chemical sector, where she held increasing managerial positions. She joined Innophos in 2015 as President and CEO and was named Chairman in 2017. Prior to joining Innophos, she served in senior executive positions at the Dow Chemical Company since 2009, most recently as business president of Elastomers, Electrical and Telecommunications. She had previously served for more than 20 years at the Rohm and Haas Company (which was acquired by Dow Chemical) where she held roles of increasing responsibility, including corporate vice president and general manager for the Ion Exchange Resins business.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: Eastman Chemical Company*; Avient Corp.* (formerly PolyOne Corp.*)
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Fatima Tighlaline

Director representing the employees

Born in 1979 - French nationality

Date of the first appointment by the European Work Council: October 1st, 2020
Date of current term: October 2020
End of current term: 2024

With a technology degree in Business and Administrative Management from Evreux Technology University (IUT) and a degree in Modern Languages from Paris New Sorbonne University, Fatima Tighlaline joined the Group in 2002 as a treasury accountant. She continued her career in the Rare Gases and Helium Department, and then at Air Liquide Santé France in the Procurement Department. In March 2020, she joined Vitalaire (a subsidiary specializing in Home Healthcare) as manager of the Île-de-France planning team. Pursuant to Article L. 225-27-1-II of the French Commercial Code and Article 11 of the Company’s articles of association, Fatima Tighlaline was appointed Director representing the employees and member of L’Air Liquide S.A.’s Board of Directors by the European Works’ Council on October 1, 2020. She has been a Certified Company Director – IFA Sciences Po since December 2021.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Head of the Île-de-France respiratory and O2 planning: VitalAire France 
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

Annette Winkler

Independent Director

Born in 1959 - German nationality

Date of first appointment: 2014
Start of current term: 2022
End of current term: 2026

Doctor in Economics from the University of Frankfurt (Germany), Annette Winkler became the Managing Shareholder of a medium-sized construction company. In 1995, she joined the Mercedes-Benz group, where she held a variety of positions and in particular that of Senior Director / Head Public Relations and Communications. After spending two years as Head of the Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlet in Braunschweig, she became Chief Executive Officer of DaimlerChrysler Belgium and Luxembourg (1999-2005), then Vice President of Global Business Management & Wholesale Europe (2006-2010). Vice President of Daimler AG, since 2010 she was Chief Executive Officer of smart (with overall responsibility for the brand, also in charge of the smart factory in Lorraine), until 2018.

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: L’Air Liquide S.A.*
  • Chairman of the Environment and Society Committee
  • Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Director: Renault S.A.* (Chairman of the Strategy Committee), Renault S.A.S.
(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.

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