Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of 10 Directors and consists of:
Nitin Nohria is the Distinguished Service University Professor at Harvard Business School. Previously he served as the school’s tenth dean from 2010-2020. His intellectual interests center on leadership and corporate performance. He is co-author of 16 books and over 100 articles and cases.
He serves as the Executive Chairman of Thrive Capital (a NYC venture capital firm) and sits on the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bridgespan, Rakuten Medical, and the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts General Brigham.
Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, Nohria received his Ph.D. (1988) from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B. Tech. (1984) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (which honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007).
John Elkann is Chairman of Stellantis N.V. and Chairman of Ferrari N.V.
Born in New York in 1976, Mr. Elkann obtained a scientific baccalaureate from the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris, and graduated in Engineering from Politecnico, the Engineering University of Turin. While at university, he gained work experience in various companies of the Fiat Group in the UK and Poland (manufacturing) as well as in France (sales and marketing). He started his professional career in 2001 at General Electric as a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, with assignments in Asia, the USA and Europe.
Mr. Elkann is also Chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation, Chairman of GEDI Gruppo Editoriale and a member of MoMA and of the JP Morgan International Council.
Melissa Bethell is a non-executive director of Diageo plc and Tesco plc.
Ms. Bethell is also a Senior Advisor at Atairos, an investment fund backed by Comcast NBCUniversal, and Chair of Ocean Outdoor, an Atairos investee company. She previously held non-executive director positions at Samsonite, Worldpay and Atento.
Ms. Bethell was previously a Managing Director at Bain Capital for over 18 years and member of the senior leadership team responsible for strategy setting, fundraising and portfolio management. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms. Bethell worked in the Capital Markets group at Goldman Sachs & Co., with a focus on media and technology.
Ms. Bethell has a MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and received a BA with honours in Political Science and Economics from Stanford University. Melissa was born in Taiwan, educated in America and is now a British national.
Marc Bolland was born in the Netherlands in 1959 and graduated with an MBA from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In November 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York, in the UK.
He began his professional career at Heineken N.V. in 1987 as a Management trainee. During his first 14 years he occupied several international management positions. He served as an Executive board member of Heineken N.V. from 2001 to 2006 and as Chief Operating Officer of Heineken N.V. from 2005 to July 2006.
In 2006 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, where he led the turnaround after the acquisition of Safeway plc until April 2010.
In May 2010 he joined the board of Marks and Spencer plc as Chief Executive Officer until April 2016. He led the transformation of Marks and Spencer to become a Multi-channel, General Merchandise Retailer and developed the Food business with industry leading growth.
In September 2016 he joined the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP as Senior Operating Partner and from 1 January 2022 continued as Chairman Europe.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Coca-Cola company board, Atlanta USA. He is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Collection Trust and the Chairman of the Royal Collection Enterprises. He is Vice President at Unicef UK.
Tiberto Ruy Brandolini d'Adda
Born in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1948 and a graduate in commercial law from the University of Parma. From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Brandolini d’Adda gained his initial work experience in the international department of Fiat S.p.A. and then at Lazard Bank in London.
In 1975, he was appointed Assistant to the Director General for Enterprise Policy at the European Economic Commission in Brussels.
In 1976 joined Ifint, as General Manager for France. In 1985, he was appointed General Manager for Europe and then, in 1993, Managing Director of the Exor Group (formerly Ifint), where he also served as Vice Chairman from 2003 until 2007.
He has extensive international experience as a main board director of several companies, including: Le Continent, Bolloré Investissement, Société Foncière Lyonnaise, Safic-Alcan, Château Margaux.
Mr. Brandolini d’Adda served as Director and then, from 1997 to 2003, as Chairman of the Conseil de Surveillance of Club Méditerranée. He served as Vice Chairman of Exor S.p.A., from 2009 to 2015, formed through the merger between IFI and IFIL Investments. Chairman of Exor S.A. Luxembourg from 2007 until 2017.
In 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the Conseil de Surveillance of Worms & Cie where he had served as Deputy Chairman since 2000. In 2005 he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sequana Capital (formerly Worms & Cie), then Chairman of the Board of Sequana from 2007 until 2013.
He has been a member of the Board of Vittoria Assicurazioni S.p.A. from 2004 until 2010. He has also been a member of the Board of Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) from 2005 to 2013. In addition, from 2015 to December 2019, he has been an independent Board Member of LumX Asset Management (Suisse) S.A.
Mr. Brandolini is also an independent member of the Board of Directors of YAFA S.p.A. (who controlled Vittoria Assicurazioni S.p.A.).
He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fiat S.p.A. on 2004 and became a member of the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. in October 2014 until January 2021.
Mr. Brandolini d’Adda is Officier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Laurence Debroux was born in France in 1969. She holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris.
Mrs. Debroux is a member of the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S and Solvay S.A.; she is also a Non-Executive Director at Kite Insights (The Climate School). As of 28 March 2023, Mrs. Debroux is a member of the Supervisory Board of Randstad N.V.
Previously, Mrs. Debroux was CFO and member of the Executive Board of Heineken N.V. from April 2015 until April 2021. Before joining Heineken she had been Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and a member of the Executive Board of JCDecaux since July 2010. Prior to this, Mrs. Debroux spent 14 years with the global healthcare company SANOFI where she held various executive positions including CFO and Chief Strategic Officer.
Mrs. Debroux began her career in investment banking. She has had Executive responsibility for Global functions such as Strategic Planning & Business Control, Tax & Financial Markets, Business Development, Financial Processes & Internal Control, Accounting & Reporting, Procurement and Information Systems.
Dr. Sandra Dembeck is CFO of Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion and lifestyle brand based in Berlin. She started her career in 1999 at McKinsey & Company where she spent 6 years first in Europe and later relocated to Hong Kong. In 2005 she joined C&A to start up their retail business in China followed by various CFO roles for C&A in Europe.
She joined Kingfisher Plc in 2014, first as CFO B&Q China before relocating to the UK to become CFO B&Q UK & Ireland. In 2018 she was appointed Deputy Group CFO for Kingfisher Plc. In April 2020, at the start of the Covid pandemic, she joined the world’s largest caterer Compass Group Plc as Group Corporate Finance Director.
Sandra graduated in Business Administration from the University of Passau and holds a doctorate from the University of Konstanz.
Axel Dumas, great grandson of Émile Hermès, represents the sixth generation of the Hermès family. Holding a Master’s in Law and Bachelor of Philosophy, Axel Dumas attended Sciences-Po Paris and is a graduate of Harvard Business School (AMP).
After eight years at Paribas, based in Beijing and New York, he joined Hermès in 2003 as Auditor with the Financial Department of Hermès International and went on to become Retail Director for France.
In 2006 he was named Managing Director of Hermès Bijouterie and, in 2008, was appointed Managing Director Métier Hermès Leather and Saddlery.
From May 2011 to June 2013 he held the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Since June 2013 Axel Dumas has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermès International.
Ginevra Elkann was born in London in 1979 and she has lived in the UK, France and Brasil.
She graduated in Visual Communication at the American University of Paris and completed a Master in Film Making at the London Film School.
Ginevra Elkann is President of Asmara Films, a film production company founded in 2010.
Since 2011 she is the President of Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli. She sits on the Boards of Christie’s, Fondation Cartier and UCCA in Beijing, China. Mrs. Elkann also sits in the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome. In April 2021 she has been nominated new board member of Christian Louboutin SAS.
Alessandro Nasi was born in Turin (Italy) in 1974. He grew up in New York and then returned to Italy where he obtained a degree in Economics at the University of Turin.
He started his career as a financial analyst, gaining different experiences at several investment banks and private equity funds.
In 2005 he joined Fiat Group as Corporate and Business Development manager, heading the Asia Pacific division and then appointed Vice President of Business Development and member of the Steering Committee of Fiat Powertrain Technologies.
In 2008 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development at CNH Industrial. Within the company and until 2019, he covered various increasing positions such as Senior Vice President Network Development and President Specialty Vehicles.
Mr. Nasi is a member of the Advisory Board of Lego Brand Group, member of the Board of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and member of the Strategic Advisory Board of 3 Boomerang Capital.
He is an independent Director of GVS.
He is a Director of CNH Industrial and Iveco Group and Chairman of the boards of Iveco Defence and Astra.
He is Chairman of the board of Comau.