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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.
Chairman of the board & Group CEO
After a successful career at Renault Automation, Mauro Ricci founded HYSYS in 1984. The company provided industrialization and production technology support to manufacturers as well as productivity improvement consulting services. Mauro founded 3 additional companies to complete the HYSYS suite of services between 1984 and 1999. Anticipating market developments, Maurice RICCI merged these four companies to establish the AKKA Group in 1999, offering a holistic R&D service to its clients.
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
Group Managing Director & Group CFO
Nicolas Valtille began his career as Financial Controller Europe for a major company. He then worked for a rapidly expanding multi-site organization for which he completed a large number of acquisitions in Europe. Nicolas Valtille joined AKKA in 2001.
Group Executive Vice President, Digital & Strategic Customers
By joining AKKA, Walter brings strong credentials in digital and IT thanks to his 21 years of experience in various leadership roles at Capgemini, among which Executive Director of the Aerospace & Defense business, deputy CEO of Capgemini Apps France, CEO of Capgemini Latin America and, finally, CEO of SOGETI High Tech.
Paolo del Noce
CEO France & Northern Europe
Joining AKKA in 2014 as CEO France, Paolo previously held positions as Program Managing Director at COMAU, an Italian engineering company, as Purchasing Director and Citybus platform Director at Irisbus (France) as well as General Manager Defence, Bus and Firefighting at Iveco (Latin America)
Group Executive Vice-President, Sales & Strategic Customer Department, CEO Central Europe
After his education at l’École des Mines, Régis Sandrin started his career as a technical engineer in the automotive industry. Since 2013, Régis has been working with AKKA Germany, first as Vice President MBtech and later as COO and CEO of AKKA Germany. In 2020 he is promoted Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Sales and the Strategic Customers Department. He continues his roles as CEO Central Europe and Managing Director BU Germany.
Chairman and CEO AKKA North America
Steven “Cash” Nickerson was the President and CFO of PDS Tech, Inc., a position he held for fifteen years, before becoming Chairman of the Board and CEO of AKKA North America in November 2018. Cash Nickerson has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 30-year career. He served as an attorney and marketing director at Union Pacific Railroad, an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of five largest law firms in Chicago, and President and CEO of an internet company operating in the digital economy that he took public through a reverse merger. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington University in St. Louis.
CEO Southern Europe
Primo has more than 30 years’ experience in the consulting industry and joined AKKA in 2016. In 1990, he founded a software company that merged into Cedati S.p.A. in 1995, which joined the Altran Group in 2000. Primo then became CEO of Cedati in 2006 and after the merger of Cedati into Altran Italia, he joined the Board of Directors and was appointed Director of the Automotive, Infrastructure and Transports Division. In 2012 he became COO of Altran Italy and in 2015 was also in charge of the development of Turkey.
Group Finance Director
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.
Group Human Resources Director
Joined AKKA in 2014 as Group Human Resources Director, Patrick has held various senior management positions with Accenture, SAP and Faurecia.
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.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Group Managing Director & Group CFO. Nicolas Valtille began his career as Financial Controller Europe for a major company. He then worked for a rapidly expanding multi-site organization for which he completed a large number of acquisitions in Europe. Nicolas Valtille joined AKKA in 2001.
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. Within his responsibilities, Charles Champion negotiated the division of production between the Group’s various partners for the French subsidiary of Airbus from 1993 and directed a number of the Group’s programs. He was responsible for the A320 assembly chain and the implementation of an assembly chain for the A321 in Hamburg. In December 2000, he took over management of the A380 programme, one of the world’s largest civil aviation projects. In 2006, Charles became the Head of Client Support Services for the Airbus programme, before becoming Executive Vice President of Engineering, Research and Development for commercial aviation from 2010 to 2017, as well as President of the French subsidiary in 2015. He was a member of the executive committee for Airbus Commercial Aircraft and President of Airbus Operations SAS until the start of 2018. Since May 2018, following a 36 years career at Airbus, Charles has been President of the Supervisory Board of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. He has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISAE-SUPAERO since May 2017 and Director of Sonaca since June 2019.
Charlotte Ricci began her career in 2013 at AKKA in the human resources department. She joined the tech startup CityLity in February 2015 as a business analyst, and then became a Key account manager. She is now product owner. Charlotte is a director of AKKA since June 5, 2012.
After joining the SEEE group (Société d'Études et d'Entreprises Electriques) in 1977, Guy Lacroix was appointed as Managing Director in 1996. In 2001, he was called in to create Ineo within the Suez group, which later became GDF Suez and has since changed its name to Engie. Guy Joined AKKA’s general Management team in June 2016.
After starting her career in management control at Rhône Poulenc, Cecile joined AKKA in 1995 as Administrative and Finance Director of a subsidiary, before taking charge of AKKA’s management controls from 2004 to 2011. Since 2012, she has been in charge of IDEACTIVE Training.
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.
With more than 30 years’ experience in engineering and consulting, and a former head of one of France’s largest design companies, Alain has lent his support to AKKA since 2002. Since his arrival, he has contributed significantly to the Group’s growth, particularly in the aerospace sector.
Head of Investor Relations at Michelin, which she joined in July 2008. A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, Valérie Magloire began her career with PSA Peugeot Citroën, first in the management control division of Peugeot, then as a long-term finance specialist and banking relations manager in the Group’s finance department. Between 1996 and 2008, she was in charge of investor relations at PSA Peugeot Citroën.
Director of CSR of the La Poste group. Muriel Barnéoud joined the La Poste group in 1994 after an initial experience at Arthur Andersen. For six years, she served as Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Docapost (a subsidiary of La Poste group with revenue of €450 million and 4,500 employees), where she led the transformation of the product mix from that of software vendor to that of digital platform operator. A former board member of the Syntec Numérique, she is a member of the Supervisory Board of Inside Secure, sits on the Ile-de-France Chamber and Commerce and Industry and chairs the Management Board of L’ESIEE.