Responsible for steering Legrand's growth, the Steering Committee is a team of 10 members with complementary and varied skills. It brings together operational and support functions. Coming from the Group, all know very well Legrand, along with its business and its stakes. In addition to the French nationality, two other nationalities are represented, American and Italian, in line with the history and distribution of the Group's business.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Benoît Coquart, 44, is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) and the French business school ESSEC. He joined Legrand immediately after completing his studies in 1997 to manage the Group's activities in South Korea. Gilles Schnepp then asked Benoît Coquart to head up Investor Relations. Pursuing his career within the Group, Benoît Coquart successfully held several positions, including Vice-President of Corporate Development (M&A), Executive Vice-President Strategy and Development and since 2015, Executive Vice-President France. Benoît Coquart has been a member of Legrand's Executive Committee since 2010.
Besides Benoît Coquart, the Executive Committee comprises the following members:
EXECUTIVE VP PURCHASING
Born on January 7th, 1972, Karine Alquier-Caro studied in HEC Paris (1994). She joined the Group in 2001 after a 7-year experience at Deloitte as Financial Auditor (France and Canada). After several experiences as CFO of Legrand industrial and commercial entities, Karine Alquier-Caro was appointed VP Chief Operating Officer of the Group Export sales organization in October 2012.
EXECUTIVE VP LEGAL AFFAIRS
Graduate of ESSEC business school and a qualified lawyer, Bénédicte Bahier began working in 2002 as a business lawyer with the law firm Linklaters. She joined Legrand in 2007 as legal expert in charge of corporate and governance related aspects, before holding positions as Risk Manager and Legal Manager. She was appointed Group VP Legal Affairs in 2012.
EXECUTIVE VP AND GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Born on December 22, 1962, Antoine Burel joined the Group in 1993 as Finance Controller and later became Chief Financial Officer at Legrand Normandie. After gaining experience at several subsidiaries, he was appointed to head of Group Finance Control in 2005. He was named Group Chief Financial Officer in January 2008
EXECUTIVE VP HUMAN RESOURCES
Born on December 9, 1964, Xavier Couturier joined Legrand in 1988 as Internal Organization Consultant and went on to hold various positions in the Human Resources Department, as Limousin HR Assistant (1989), Head of Executives Management France (1996), and Head of Management Development (2002). In 2004, he also took on responsability for Group Training. In 2008, he was appointed Group Vice-President Human Resources.
CHAIRMAN OF BTICINO AND EXECUTIVE VP STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT
Born on February 27, 1954, Paolo Perino joined BTicino Italy in 1983 as Product Manager (BTicino became part of the Legrand Group in 1989). He was subsequently appointed Marketing Manager, Marketing Vice-President and then Sales Vice-President of BTicino Italy. In 1996, he took on the role of Director and later of General Manager of Legrand SpA, an Italian subsidiary of the Legrand Group. In 2000, he was appointed Group Vice-President Marketing and External Communication. In 2006, he took over the General Management of BTicino. In 2014, he took over the management of the new Building Systems SBU while remaining Chairman of BTicino.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF LEGRAND NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
Born on January 16, 1960, John Selldorff joined Legrand in 2002 to take on the position President and Chief Executive Officer, Legrand North America.
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EXECUTIVE VP GROUP OPERATIONS
Born on September 29, 1958, Patrice Soudan joined Legrand in 1990 as Finance Controller for international subsidiaries. He successively held the positions of Head of Finance Control, Vice-President Group Finance Control and Group CFO from 2001 to early 2008, before taking over the management of the Wiring Devices and Home Systems Division. In 2014, he was appointed Executive VP Group Operations, in charge of all of the Group's industrial organization covering 7 SBUs.
EXECUTIVE VP EXPORT
Born in 1969, he joined Legrand in 1992, holding various positions in marketing in Germany and France until 1999, when he took charge of a Strategic Business Area at the Group Marketing Department. In 2003, he moved to Russia as Sales Director, and then Country Manager (2005). He moved to the Export Department in 2010, taking on the position of Deputy Vice President Export before being appointed Group Vice President Export in 2012.