Board of Directors
It determines Covivio’s strategic orientations and ensures their implementation. It is composed of fifteen members, natural or legal persons and a censor.
Jean Laurent, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Jean Laurent is a graduate of École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique (1967) and holds a Master of Science from Wichita State University. He has spent his entire career within the Crédit Agricole Group, initially in the Crédit Agricole branches in Toulouse, then in Loiret and in Paris Region where he held or supervised various roles in retail banking. He then joined Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole, first as Deputy General Manager (1993-1999), and then as Chief Executive Officer (1999-2005). In this capacity, he handled the IPO of Crédit Agricole SA (2001), then the acquisition and integration of Crédit Lyonnais in the Crédit Agricole group. Director of public companies, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Covivio in 2011.
Leonardo Del Vecchio, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Leonardo Del Vecchio is the President and founder of the Luxottica Group, the world leader in design, manufacturing and distribution in the optical field, which has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1990. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since its creation in 1961, and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. After the strategic merger between Essilor and Luxottica, Leonardo Del Vecchio is appointed Chairman and CEO of EssilorLuxottica SA. In 1986, Leonardo Del Vecchio was named "Cavaliere del Lavoro", awarded by the President of the Italian Republic.
Catherine Allonas Barthe, Permanent Representative for ACM Vie
Catherine Allonas Barthe has a Master’s degree in mathematics. She is a graduate of École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique (ENSAE), and has served as Chief Financial Officer of Assurances du Crédit Mutuel since 2003. In addition, she is Chief Executive Officer of ACM Vie Mutuelle. Previously, Catherine Allonas Barthe served as Chief Financial Officer of SOCAPI, a subsidiary of the CIC banks, from 1992 to 2003.
Romolo Bardin, Member of the Board of Directors
Romolo Bardin is a graduate of Business Management at Ca’Foscari University in Venice. He is Deputy Manager of Delfin SARL. Prior to that he held positions at Sunglass Hut Europe in London, and Luxottica Group in Italy.
Delphine Benchetrit, Independent member
Delphine Benchetrit is a graduate of École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and has a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance. She started her career in 1994 as an investor within the Affine Group, and then was a banker at Natixis. As Executive Director, in 2004 she created the real estate department of Lehman Brothers France.Delphine Benchetrit founded and has managed since 2009 the company Finae Advisors, an independent financial advisory company for real estate investors.Delphine Benchetrit founded and has managed since 2009 the company Finae Advisors, an independent financial advisory company for real estate investors.
Jean-Luc Biamonti, Independent member
Holder of an MBA from Columbia University and a graduate of ESSEC, Jean-Luc Biamonti joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker and held various offices there for 16 years. As a partner in the firm, he was responsible for banking business in France and for coverage of the distribution and mass market consumer goods industry in Europe. After having left the bank in 2008, he founded Calcium Capital and developed an SME investment business via this group. Since January 2013, he has been Deputy Chairman of Société des Bains de Mer Monaco, where he has been a Director since 1985 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1995.
Christian Delaire, Independent Director
An ESSEC graduate, Christian Delaire has built a professional career in the finance and real estate business. He was appointed CIO of AXA Real Estate in 2006. He then moved on to the positions of CEO of AEW Europe, from 2009 to 2014, and Global CEO of Generali Real Estate from 2014 to 2016. His wish to move over to the non-executive side of the business led to his leaving Generali to join the Atland group as senior advisor. He has also been an independent director of CEREIT since 2017, and of Atenor since 2018.
Sigrid Duhamel, Independent member
Sigrid Duhamel has been Chairman of the Management Board of BNP Paribas REIM France since 29 September 2017. Previously, she was Chairwoman of CBRE Global Investors France. After graduating from ESTP in 1990, she joined Bouygues Construction and spent four years managing major industrial renovation and construction projects. She then earned an MBA at INSEAD and joined the US group, United Technologies, where she spent three years managing mergers and acquisitions. After four years’ experience in executive recruitment at Eric Salmon & Partners, in 2005, she moved into the real estate business at Tishman Speyer in London, where she spent four years in charge of business development in Europe. In 2008, she joined Carrefour Property, where she was international portfolio Director for three years, before joining the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group in June 2011 as Real Estate Director.
Jérôme Grivet, Permanent Representative for Predica
Jérôme Grivet is a graduate of ESSEC, the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po), and of ENA. He spent his early career in administration (general inspection of finances, advisor to the Prime Minister for European Affairs) and went on to join Crédit Lyonnais in 1998, first as Financial Director of the retail bankingbusiness in France, and then as Director of Strategy. He was Deputy General Manager of Calyon from 2007 to 2010. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole Assurances and Chief Executive Officer of Predica. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Crédit Agricole SA. Since 21 May 2015, he has been serving as Assistant General Manager of Crédit Agricole SA responsible for the Group Finance Division.
Christophe Kullmann, Chief Executive Officer of Covivio
Christophe Kullmann has spent his whole career in the real estate industry. He was in charge of financial management at Immobilière Batibail, a publicly traded real estate development company, from 1992 until its merger in 1999 with Gecina, where he oversaw its financial management. At the helm of Covivio since its creation in 2001, Christophe Kullmann serves as Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he is member-founder of the Palladio Foundation.
Sylvie Ouziel, Independent member
Since 2016, Sylvie Ouziel has been the Global CEO Allianz Assistance (known in France under the brand Mondial Assistance) and CEO Asia Pacific of Allianz Worldwide Partners. Sylvia Ouziel is a Centrale Paris graduate who was previously Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Managed Operations & Services (Amos), a shared services entity established by Allianz to develop synergies between various subsidiaries. She previously held the position of Assistant General Manager World at Accenture Management Consulting (formerly Andersen Consulting), where she started her career, and where she occupied various leadership posts over 20 years affording her heavy exposure to the international scene.
Olivier Piani, Independent Director
A graduate from ESCP business school and the holder of an MBA from Stanford, Olivier Piani has over 25 years of experience in real estate. After 13 years with the Paribas group, he joined UIC-Sofal as CEO in order to restructure and sell off the company. He then joined GE Capital Real Estate in 1998 where he was CEO from 2002 to 2008. After a spell as CEO of Allianz Real Estate from 2008 to 2015, in 2016 he founded OP Conseils, real estate and finance consultants. Since 2015 he has also been senior advisor and chairman of the investment committee with Ardian Real Estate.
Patricia Savin, Independent member
A graduate of Institut de Droit Public des Affaires (IDPA), and a lawyer registered with the Paris Bar, Patricia Savin holds a PhD in private law from IHEDN (Economic Intelligence Session). A Partner at DS Avocats, she co-manages the Environment and Sustainable Development Department where she is specifically tasked with cases involving logistics, polluted soils and sustainable urban environments. Patricia Savin was elected member of the French National Bar Council, of which she was Secretary General for the 2010-2013 period. As Chairwoman of the Orée association and the Environment and Sustainable Development Commission of the French Bar Association (Ordre des Avocats de Paris), she is regularly consulted by the Ministries of Ecology and Justice on the draft texts under discussion (environment charter, ecological damage, etc.). Before joining DS Avocats, Patricia Savin held posts with the Moquet Borde (now Paul Hastings) law firm, then the Pardieu Brocas law firm, before becoming Co-Manager of the law firm Savin Martinet Associés from 2001 to 2015.
Catherine Soubie, Independent member
A graduate of ESCP Europe, Catherine Soubie started her career in 1989 at Lazard in London then in Paris. She subsequently held various posts at Morgan Stanley in Paris, before becoming Assistant General Manager of Rallye, from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, Catherine Soubie joined Barclays where she was, until 2016, Managing Director in charge of Investment Banking France-Belgium-Luxembourg. She is now General Manager of Arfilia and also independent Director on Boards of Directors of Korian and Sofina.
Laurent Tollié, Permanent Representative of COVEA Coopérations
Polytechnicien (holding a diploma in civil engineering) a graduate of ENSAE and Actuary (IAF), Laurent Tollié started his career in 1990 as a statistical studies manager responsible for management control at GMF. In 1994 he was appointed Technical Director at GMF, then Technical Director and IT Director of AZUR-GMF, while serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the AZUR-GMF Group. In 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chief Insurance Officer at GMF and became a member of the Covéa General Management Committee, and then a member of Covéa’s Executive Committee. In July 2013, he was appointed General Manager of GMF Assurances. Since 1 January 2018, he has served as Chief Investment Officer at Covéa and Chief Executive Officer at Covéa Coopérations.
Sergio Erede, Censor
Sergio Erede is a graduate of the University of Milan (1962). He obtained his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1964. He became a member of the bar association of Italy in 1967. He worked at Hale & Door in Boston from 1963 to 1964, then at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. From 1965 to 1969, he managed the legal department at IBM Italy. Sergio Erede founded Erede e Associati in 1995, which rose to fame in the areas of M&A and securities transactions.
Ariberto Fassati, Censor
With a degree in economic and political science from the University Luigi Bocconi, Ariberto Fassati is an Italian businessman who has headed several companies. In 1977, he joined the Groupe Crédit Agricole where he held a number of positions and responsibilities. Today, amongst other posts, he is Chairman of the Board of Crédit Agricole Cariparma and Crédit Agricole Leasing Italia, and Vice-Chairman of Crédit Agricole FriulAdria and Crédit Agricole Carispezia. He is also a director with the Italian Banking Association.
Christophe Kullmann, Chief Executive Officer
"A shared horizon for our European teams: all Covivio !"
Olivier Estève, Deputy CEO
"Europe: the ideal place to express all our real estate expertise."
Dominique Ozanne, Deputy CEO
"The path of innovative hotel players and business or leisure travelers.“
Marjolaine Alquier de l'Épine, Director of Internal Audit and Control
"Our functions, tools and processes are on a European scale."
Alexei Dal Pastro, Chief Executive Officer Italy
“Designing new neighbourhoods and bringing them alive, like in Milan.“
Laurie Goudallier, Chief Digital Officer
“None, of course !"
"Just like the internet, networks and covivio.eu.“
Yves Marque, Chief Corporate Officer
"Rich and vibrant European pathways for our collaborators."
Tugdual Millet, Chief Financial Officer
"A unique profile that guarantees long-term balance and performance."
Marielle Seegmuller, Operations Director
"Understanding the needs of our customers, from all walks of life and all generations."