The Board of Directors determines the Group's strategy and oversees its implementation.
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In 2020, the Board met 10 times with a 90% attendance rate.

The Board meets at least 4 times annually. In March, the Board approves the previous years’ financial statements and corporate governance report. It discusses CSR policy and signs off the non-financial performance statement. In June, the Board visits one of the Group’s sites to debate and approve Group strategy. In September, it approves the interim financial statements. In December, it reviews annual performance and the proposed budgets for the coming year.

Other Board meetings are called as required in the interests of the Group.

Raphaël Gorgé

Expertise: strategy, executive management, finance, financial reporting, industry, and technology

Raphaël Gorgé joined Groupe Gorgé in 2004 after a ten-year career in finance and technology. He initiated and implemented the Group’s withdrawal from the automotive sector (70% of its revenue in 2004), then steered its development toward new areas of business. Raphaël Gorgé has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Group since 2008.

He has an engineering degree from the École Centrale de Marseille and holds an advanced degree in molecular modelling

Jean-Pierre Gorgé

Expertise: strategy, executive management, industry, defence

Before founding Groupe Gorgé in 1990, Jean-Pierre Gorgé held various positions in public administration, including Deputy Director of the Chemical Industries Department of the French Ministry of Industry, Delegate for Small and Medium-Sized Industry and Head of Regional Affairs at the Ministry of Industry.

Jean-Pierre Gorgé has an armament engineering degree from the École Polytechnique (X62) and a degree from Science Po Paris (1967).

Martine Griffon-Foucot

Expertise: nuclear industry, corporate management, remuneration

Martine Griffon-Foucot is Managing Director of Gali SAS. She was Managing Director of SETEC Nucléaire in the SETEC Engineering Group between 2016 and 2018. Previously she was a member of the Executive Board, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate & Business Development at Assystem SA from 2007 to 2014. Before that she held various positions at CEGELEC, EDF and the French CEA (Atomic Energy Commission). At EDF, she was a member of the Executive Committee as the Director of Communications and the Director of the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant from June 1994 to November 1998.

Martine Griffon-Fouco has a degree in engineering (ENSMA in Poitiers) as well as a degree in psychology, among others.

Sylvie Lucot

Expertise: defence, financial reporting, finance

Sylvie Lucot was Vice-President of International Corporate Affairs at the Thales group from 2008 until her retirement in February 2014. From 1986 to 1997, she was the Director of Investor Relations at the Thomson Group and Thomson-CSF, and then from 1998 to 2008, at the Thomson-CSF Group, which became the Thales Group from 2000. From 1974 until joining the Thomson Group in 1984, she was a financial analyst at DAFSA and the French Ministry of Industry. Between 2011 and early 2019, Sylvie Lucot was employee shareholders’ representative on the Board of the AMF.

Hervé Guillou

Expertise: strategy, executive management, defense, naval, aerospace, nucelar industry

A graduate of the École Polytechnique, and with a degree in engineering from ENSTA Paris (shipbuilding) and the École nationale supérieure des techniques nucléaires, Hervé Guillou is the Vice President of the General Armaments Council. He is also the President of French marine industry group GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales) and the Chairman of the Industry Strategic Committee (Comité Stratégique de Filière – CSF) for marine manufacturers.

Until March 24, 2020, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Naval Group, an industrial company specializing in naval defense and energy and a major partner of ECA Group as part of the Belgian-Dutch mine warfare contract worth nearly €2 billion.

Catherine Gorgé-Benon

Expertise: Project management, 3D printing, luxury

Catherine Gorgé-Benon began her career as a process engineer at Atlantic Richfield, then joined the Technip Group as a project engineer. She moved on to be Director of Development and Operations at the Puig group, first for Paco Rabanne then for the Maje brand. She currently runs business consultancy CBG Conseil. From 2014-2018 she carried out a consulting assignment at Groupe Gorgé’s “3D Printing” division. She is also a Director of both ECA and Prodways Group.

Catherine Gorgé-Benon has an engineering degree from the École Centrale de Marseille and holds an advanced degree in project management.

Céline Leroy

Expertise: legal

Céline Leroy has been general counsel of Groupe Gorgé since 2007. She earned a CAPA (Certificate of Aptitude for the Legal Profession) and a DESS (advanced degree) in corporate law and taxation at Paris I University, then practised as an attorney at the firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the Finance and M&A departments before spending a year on secondment in the legal department of Danone.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee was set up in 2012 and monitors the processes of preparing financial statements and financial reporting. It verifies the effectiveness of internal control and risk management systems, runs the procedure for selecting statutory auditors and oversees their audits.

  • Sylvie Lucot (Chairman)
  • Jean-Pierre Gorgé


Remuneration Committee

Created in 2012, the Remuneration Committee is responsible for making all recommendations to the Board regarding the remuneration and benefits awarded to corporate officers of Groupe Gorgé and ECA Group. The Committee is composed entirely of independent directors.

  • Martine Griffon-Fouco (Chairman)
  • Sylvie Lucot

Articles of Association and rules of procedure