The Group Executive Committee

The Group Executive Committee, chaired by Mauro RICCI, defines the strategic guidelines and coordinates their implementation. It also monitors the commercial and operational performance of the Group’s business units. The latter enjoy managerial autonomy and all means of support necessary for the performance of their activities.

Mauro Ricci

Chairman of the board & Group CEO

Jean-Franck Ricci

Group Managing Director, in charge of business development and sales

Nathalie Buhnemann

Group CFO

Paolo del Noce

CEO France

Derrick Zechmair

CEO Germany

Primo Meregalli

CEO International BU

Cash Nickerson

Chairman AKKA North America

Kenneth Ragnvaldsen

CEO Data Respons & Northern Europe

Régis Sandrin

Group Executive Vice-President, Sales & Development

Stéphanie Bia

Group Communications & Investor Relations Director

Patrick Houry

Chief Human Resources Officer

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the company’s management. It advises and controls the Group Executive Committee on the course to take in its activities and ensures that the interests of the Group’s stakeholders (shareholders, employees and customers) are met.

Mauro Ricci

Chairman of the board & group CEO. After a successful career at Renault Automation, Maurice Ricci founded HYSYS in 1984. The company provided industrialization and production technology support to manufacturers as well as productivity improvement consulting services. Maurice founded 3 additional companies to complete the HYSYS suite of services between 1984 and 1999. Anticipating market developments, Maurice Ricci merged these four companies into what is now called AKKA. He established the group strategy in 1999 with the aim of offering a holistic R&D service to its clients.

Jean-Franck Ricci

Group Managing Director, in charge of business development and sales. Jean-Franck Ricci joined HYSYS as Technical Director in 1988. He then became Managing Director of AKKA Ingéniérie Produit. At AKKA Development, he was responsible for the Group’s international Development. Today, Jean-Franck is Group Managing Director in charge of business development and sales.

Nathalie Buhnemann

Nathalie joined the AKKA Group in late 2013 after having assisted the Group as an external consultant during the acquisition of MBTech in 2012. Prior to that, for nearly 13 years Nathalie worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in auditing, consulting and M&A transactions concerning companies of all sizes, spanning every different business sector and geographical region.

Charles Champion

Charles Champion started his career at Airbus in 1980 and fulfilled a number of responsibilities within the Production and Programmes department, following on from his studies at ISAE-SUPAERO and a master’s degree in aeronautics from the University of Stanford.

Jean-Luc Perodeau

Jean-Luc Perodeau was appointed to the AKKA Board in 2017. An engineer by trade, he currently holds the position of Project Manager at Aeroconseil, working within the Production division of its Aircraft Modification department.

Xavier Le Clef

CEO de CNP, Co-CEO of Frère-Bourgeois Graduated in Business Economics from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management. Holds an MBA from the Vlerick Business School. Started his career with the consultancy firm Arthur D. Little (Brussels). Joined CNP in 2006. He has been a Director of CNP since 2012 and CEO since February 2015. He is also co-CEO of Frère-Bourgeois since early 2018. Chairman, Director and/or member of various committees in a number of companies in which the Group holds direct or indirect shareholdings: Caffitaly, International Duty Free, APG, AOT Energy (AOT Holding), Distriplus and other companies within the Group.

Independent members

Alain Tisserand

Muriel Barneoud

Valérie Magloire