Proposal to nominate two independent directors
Paris, France – 16 July 2014 – The Board of Directors of ESI Group, on the recommendation of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee, will propose the nomination of two new independent directors, Ms Véronique Jacq and Ms Rajani Ramanathan, at the next Annual General Meeting on 24 July 2014.
Alain de Rouvray, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESI Group, said: “We are delighted to propose the nomination of Véronique Jacq and Rajani Ramanathan to the Board of Directors of ESI Group. Their unique experience in the digital industry and extensive knowledge of innovative companies will be invaluable to the Board and its committees, supporting the international and multicultural development of ESI Group and its technological leadership with a strong social and environmental bias.”
Véronique Jacq is a graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Paris and of the Corps des Mines. She began her career with the French Nuclear Safety Authority and has gained a sound knowledge of technology firms through various management positions held at ANVAR (now OSEO), in the French National Audit Office (Cour des Comptes) and in CDC Entreprises. In 2012, she took over as head of digital investment at CDC Entreprises, a role that involved managing the venture capital fund Fonds Ambition Numérique. Currently, she performs the same role as head of the digital investment division of Bpifrance.
Rajani Ramanathan has held a variety of positions, from running her own companies in India to holding leadership positions in both small and large organisations in the US. She has spent the last 14 years at Salesforce.com, a leading provider of cloud computing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. She joined the company in 2000, which was then only a start-up and the most recent position she held was as COO (EVP) of the Technologies & Products division. In 2014, she was awarded the YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) Award, which has long been considered one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious awards, honouring women who exemplify leadership excellence in executive-level positions. She holds a degree in psychology and a postgraduate diploma in sales and marketing.
If these resolutions are adopted by the Annual General Meeting, the Board will consist of nine members, including five independent directors. Three Board members, or 33% of the Board, will be women.
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