Following the announcement of Jean-Philippe Thierry’s appointment to the Management Board of Allianz, the AGF Group intends to adjust its organisation, with effect from 1 January 2006. Specifically, to simplify structures and render operations more efficient, the AGF Group intends to place all French activities except for Euler Hermes and Mondial Assistance under an entity called “ AGF France “.
On 11 October 2005, the Board of Directors of AGF SA approved a proposal submitted by Jean-Philippe Thierry, Chairman and CEO, to appoint two “ Directeurs Généraux Délégués “ (DGD) with effect from 1 January 2006: Laurent Mignon and François Thomazeau.
In addition, Laurent Mignon will be assigned operational responsibility for AGF France. He will chair the Executive Committee, the composition of which will change with the addition of three new members: Gilles Johanet appointed deputy managing director, Patrick Dixneuf and Gilles-Emmanuel Bernard. The responsibilities of the Executive Committee, now composed of seven members, will be assigned as follows:
– Laurent Mignon, DGD of AGF, Chairman of the Executive Committee,
– François Thomazeau, DGD of AGF, will be Chief Investment Officer,
– Louis de Montferrand, Deputy Managing Director, will remain in charge of Tied Agents and P&C Brokerage,
– Jean-François Lequoy, Deputy Managing Director, will assume responsibility for Life & Financial Services,
– Gilles Johanet, appointed Deputy Managing Director, will remain in charge of Health and Group,
– Gilles-Emmanuel Bernard, will assume responsibility for Human Resources and Internal Communications,
– Patrick Dixneuf, will be Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
The secretariat of the Executive Committee will be assigned to Murielle Lemoine, appointed Director of Strategy and Business Development.
François Thomazeau, appointed DGD of the Group, will also keep the responsibility for the legal, tax and reinsurance departments. In addition, he will remain Chairman and CEO of the holding company AGF International and Vice-Chairman of Mondial Assistance. He will be nominated for the position of Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Euler Hermes.
The operational heads of businesses outside France, as well as credit insurance and assistance, remain unchanged.
Laurent Mignon, 41, began his career as a trader before heading interest rate and currency option activities at Banque Indosuez (1986-90). Associate Director of Financière Indosuez from 1990 until 1995, he was then Assistant Director in charge of mergers and acquisitions of French financial institutions for Schroders Bank in London in 1996. He then joined the AGF Group in 1997 as Director of Finance. In 1998 he was appointed to the Executive Committee and was named Deputy Managing Director in 2001.
Since 2003, Mr Mignon has been Managing Director of the AGF Group, in charge of the Life & Financial Services division.
Laurent Mignon is a graduate of HEC and the Stanford Executive Programme.
François Thomazeau, 56, began his career as an auditor at the Cour des Comptes (the French National Audit Office) from 1977 to 1981. He then joined the Caisse Nationale de Crédit Agricole, where, from 1981 until 1987, he first headed the organisation and management control department, then the IT division. In 1987, he became director of finance and administration at Aérospatiale SNI, then Deputy Managing Director, before accepting a position as Deputy Managing Director at Air France in 1991.
After serving as Managing Director at UAP Assistance (1994-95), Mr Thomazeau was Managing Director then CEO of Athéna Finance. At the same time, he was CEO of Athéna Immobilier within Athena Assurances, before joining the AGF Group in 1998 as a member of the Executive Committee in charge of human resources and administrative services. Since 2003, he has been Managing Director in charge of human resources, administrative services, legal affairs, international operations and reinsurance.
Senior Auditor at the Cour des Comptes, François Thomazeau studied at HEC and ENA, also holds a master’s degree in economics, and is a graduate from Paris IEP.
Louis de Montferrand
Louis de Montferrand, 46, began his career in the AGF Group as a management controller for AGF International in 1984. General Secretary, then Director of Marketing for AGF Seguros in Madrid between 1986 and 1993, Mr de Montferrand subsequently joined AGF Garanti Sigorta in Istanbul as Managing Director. In 1997 he was named Director Delegate of AGF Unión-Fenix in Madrid before becoming Managing Director of AGF International from 1998 to 2001, then Chairman of the Management Committee of AGF Belgium from 2001 to 2004.
Since 2004, Mr de Montferrand has been Deputy Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee, in charge of Tied Agents and P&C Brokerage.
He holds a degree from ESSEC.
Jean-François Lequoy, 44, began his career as an insurance company auditor at the insurance department of the Ministry of Finance and Budgeting (1986-91). Associate director of the insurance department of Compagnie de Suez from 1991 to 1994, he then became Managing Director of the insurance brokerage group J&H Marsh & McLennan, where he served at Faugère & Jutheau, then at Cecar & Jutheau from 1994 until 1998. He was then Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors of La Mondiale Partenaire (formerly La Hénin Vie) from 1998 until 2001. He joined the AGF Group in 2001 as Director of Finance and then became a member of the Executive Committee, before being named Deputy Managing Director in 2004, in charge of accounting, taxes, risk management, insurance investments and corporate finance.
Mr Lequoy is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (insurance auditing branch), of the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) and of the Institute of French Actuaries.
Gilles Johanet, 55, has held positions as project manager for issues related to health, disease and pensions for the French prime minister (1983-84) and Director of the Établissement National des Invalides de la Marine (institute for disabled veterans of the French Navy) from 1985 to 1987. He directed the branch of the Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie (the French national health insurance service) dedicated to salaried workers from 1989 to 1993 and from 1998 to 2002. He joined the AGF Group in 2003 as Director of Health and Group insurance, reporting directly to the Chairman.
Mr Johanet is a graduate of ENA and a Senior Auditor at the Cour des Comptes.
Gilles-Emmanuel Bernard, 48, joined Mutuelles Unies (AXA) in 1981 as Inspecteur, all business segments, then took on responsibility for Agency Administration (1983), later becoming head of all Agencies (1988). Thereafter, he directed AXA Assurance’s non-life underwriting verifications arm before joining the Athena Group as Sales & Marketing Manager of PFA Vie (1990-1995). Named head of Business Development at Groupe Monceau (1995), Mr Bernard returned to the Athena Group in 1996 as Chairman of W Finance, Managing Director of COPARC and Chairman of Ewalife, companies that joined the AGF Group in 1998. Since 2002, he has been Manager of AGF’s Salaried Networks (now AGF FinanceConseil and W Finance).
He holds degrees from the Ecole Centrale of Nantes and from Essec IMD.
Patrick Dixneuf, 41, began his career as an engineer, then a chief engineer in the Alcatel group before becoming a partner at Goal Technologies in 1991. In 1997, he joined the BNP Paribas group serving as manager of worldwide technical architecture, then as Manager of Operations and information systems at Cortal. Joining AGF in 2000, Mr Dixneuf was initially Manager of non-life information systems and organisation. In addition to these responsibilities, he was until now head of non-life insurance for SMEs and independent professionals and Manager of Brokerage sales.
Mr Dixneuf holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the University of
Murielle Lemoine, 37, began her career as a relationship manager at Citibank in Paris and New York, before pursuing a humanitarian project in Vietnam. From 1995 to 2001, she was a consultant, then a project manager specialised in insurance and healthcare at McKinsey & Co in Paris. Ms Lemoine joined the AGF Group in September 2001 as General Secretary in the Finance Department, then in 2002 became Business Development Manager of AGF Finance, Banking and Asset Management. Since 2004, she has been Director of Strategic Management and Marketing in the Life & Financial Services division.
Ms Lemoine holds a degree from ESCP.
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