Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors sets Colas’ strategic goals and ensures that the company operates smoothly. It strives to promote the creation of long-term value by taking into account the specific social and environmental issues in the Group’s business segments. 

    The Board of Directors is assisted in the performance of its duties by three Committees: the Audit Committee, the Selection and Compensation Committee and the Ethics and Patronage Committee.

    The composition, powers and rules governing the functioning of the Board of Directors are provided in detail in the internal rules and regulations available on the Colas website.

    The company also voluntarily refers to recommendations of the Afep and Medef Corporate Governance Code for listed companies.

    Composition of the Board of Directors

    Eight directors serve on the Board of Directors of Colas: 

    Frédéric Gardès
    Frédéric Gardès

    Frédéric Gardès

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Cyril Bouygues
    Cyril Bouygues

    Cyril Bouygues

    Bouygues SA (Committee Chairman), represented by Pascal Grangé
    Bouygues SA (Committee Chairman), represented by Pascal Grangé

    Bouygues SA (Committee Chairman), represented by Pascal Grangé

    Colette Lewiner
    Colette Lewiner

    Colette Lewiner

    Stéphanie Rivoal
    Stéphanie Rivoal

    Stéphanie Rivoal

    Catherine Ronge
    Catherine Ronge

    Catherine Ronge

    Olivier Roussat
    Olivier Roussat

    Olivier Roussat

    Arnauld Van Eeckhout
    Arnauld Van Eeckhout

    Arnauld Van Eeckhout

    Frédéric Gardès
    Frédéric Gardès

    Frédéric Gardès

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    The Board is assisted in the performance of its duties by an Audit Committee, a Selection and Compensation Committee and an Ethics and Corporate Patronage Committee.

    The Audit Committee

    The Audit Committee meets four times a year to review the consolidated and parent company financial statements in advance of the Board of Directors’ Meetings. Its mission is to assist the Board in guaranteeing the accuracy, reliability and fair presentation of the financial statements and the quality of the information communicated, particularly to shareholders.

    Selection and Compensation Committee

    The Selection and Compensation Committee review and propose all components of compensation and benefits due or potentially due to the Chairman & CEO, and periodically review issues relating to the composition, organization and functioning of the Board of Directors with a view to making proposals to the latter.

    Ethics and Corporate Patronage Committee

    The Ethics and Corporate Patronage Committee is tasked with reviewing alerts or situations which could present Ethics and Compliance risks and determining actions to be taken. It also reviews patronage and sponsorship contracts for any amount over €20,000.  

    Strategic Committee

    Frédéric Gardès

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

     

    After graduating from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, Frédéric Gardès, began his career in 1994 within the Bouygues group as a Construction Engineer at Bouygues Offshore. From 2002 to 2011, he moved on to Saipem in management positions on major international projects.

    In 2011, he joined Colas as Director of GTOI, a Colas Reunion Island subsidiary. He took the lead of the Indian Ocean Regional Management Division in 2013 and was then tapped to become Deputy General Manager Northern Europe and Middle East in 2015.

    In 2018, he was appointed Managing Director, International (excluding the Americas), Major Projects and Networks.

    On May 14, 2019, Frédéric Gardès became Chief Executive Officer of Colas and since February 16, 2021, Chairman of the Board of Directors. 

    Eric Haentjens

    CFO & CAO

     

    After graduating from ESME SUDRIA engineering school and the IAE School of Management, Eric Haentjens began his career at Bouygues in 1985 as an Administrative Supervisor. In 1987, he moved on to a position as Controller at CIPEL/Wonder, before returning to Bouygues Construction in 1989 as Head of Finance Administration for the Housing branch. Mr. Haentjens served as General Secretary at Screg Batiment, then Deputy Treasury Manager at Bouygues.

    In 1997, he joined Bouygues Telecom as Finance Manager, then Strategy Manager from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, he was appointed Finance Director, and became a member of the Executive Committee, then Deputy Managing Director in charge of Finance, HR and Strategy, and member of the Strategic Committee in 2012.

    Eric Haentjens joined Colas on October 1, 2016 as Deputy General Secretary. He was appointed CFO & CAO of the Colas Group on May 2, 2017.

    Thierry Méline

    Executive Vice President, France & Indian Ocean

     

    After graduating with a degree in Engineering from Ensam, Thierry Méline began his career in the Colas Group in 1990 as a Construction Engineer at Screg Sud-Est (now Colas Midi-Méditerranée). He moved on to become Assistant Head of Operations in the same subsidiary’s Toulon branch office in 1994, followed by a position as Profit Center Supervisor in Saint-Etienne in 1997, Avignon in 2000, and then Isère / Drôme / Ardèche in 2001.

    In 2005, he was called on to be Profit Center Manager at Colas Midi-Méditerranée’s Côte d’Azur branch, before taking over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the subsidiary in 2010.  

    As of January 2015, Thierry Méline was appointed Deputy Managing Director at Colas’ Roads France General Management division. He was appointed Executive Vice President, France in September 2015. In May 2019, his scope was expanded to include the Indian Ocean.

    Amelia Irion

    Group Vice President, Human Resources

     

    Amelia Irion joined Colas in November 2020 after a 22-year international career in HR at Schlumberger. She began working for the global energy services and equipment group in the United States in 1998, and subsequently embarked upon an international path spanning various HR leadership roles in research, technology, manufacturing, field operations across Europe and the US.

    From 2009 to 2013, Amelia Irion was Human Resources Director of Schlumberger’s R&D operations, before moving on to HR management positions in operational branches. In 2019, she was appointed head of global HR services.

    Amelia Irion is a graduate of Scripps College, Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm and New York University. 

    Francis Grass

    Executive Vice President, EMEA, Water & Energy Transport

     

    A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries (ENSAIS), Francis GRASS joined Colas in 1993 as a trainee at Colas Martinique before becoming Site Manager (1994) then Works Supervisor (1996) at Colas Gabon.

    In 1999, he joined the Ribal Group (French Guiana) as Works Engineer before being promoted to Manager in 2000. Seven years later, Francis GRASS was Development Manager in the Central Europe Division of Colas, then Construction Manager and Deputy Project Manager for the construction of the M6-M60 freeway in Hungary.

    In 2010, he was appointed Regional Manager of Colas in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, before becoming CEO of Colas Centre-Ouest (2012).

    In 2017, he was appointed CEO of Colas Rail and then became Executive Vice President (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Water & Energy Transport in 2020. 

    Frédéric Gardès

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

     

    After graduating from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, Frédéric Gardès, began his career in 1994 within the Bouygues group as a Construction Engineer at Bouygues Offshore. From 2002 to 2011, he moved on to Saipem in management positions on major international projects.

    In 2011, he joined Colas as Director of GTOI, a Colas Reunion Island subsidiary. He took the lead of the Indian Ocean Regional Management Division in 2013 and was then tapped to become Deputy General Manager Northern Europe and Middle East in 2015.

    In 2018, he was appointed Managing Director, International (excluding the Americas), Major Projects and Networks.

    On May 14, 2019, Frédéric Gardès became Chief Executive Officer of Colas and since February 16, 2021, Chairman of the Board of Directors.