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

Peter Mehrle

CEO Germany

Primo Meregalli

CEO International BU

Kenneth Ragnvaldsen

CEO Data Respons & Northern Europe

Dharam Sheoran

CEO North America and India

Stéphanie Bia

Group Communications & Investor Relations Director

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

After a career at Renault Automation, Mauro Ricci founded HYSYS in 1984 in order to tackle the problems of recruiting engineers in the automotive sector. This company provided manufacturers with technological support in industrialization and production, as well as consulting services aimed at improving productivity. Mauro went on to found three more companies between 1984 and 1999 to supplement HYSYS’ offering. In anticipation of market developments, he merged those four companies into one: AKKA, and introduced a Group strategy in 1999 to provide a comprehensive research and development service to its clients. As Chairman and CEO of AKKA, Mauro Ricci drives the Group’s strategic direction to diversify its sectoral exposure and pursue international development, in order to accompany the world’s major global groups throughout their complete innovation and R&D cycle.

Jean-Franck Ricci

Jean-Franck Ricci joined HYSYS as Technical Director in 1988, four years after the Group was founded. He subsequently became Managing Director of AKKA Ingénierie Produit, the Group’s primary business unit at the time and successfully oversaw the international development of the Group at AKKA Development. Jean-Franck now holds the position of Group Managing Director and is most notably in charge of Business Development and Sales.

Nathalie Buhnemann

Nathalie Bühnemann joined AKKA in late 2013, having worked with the Group as an external consultant during the acquisition of MBtech in 2012. Prior to this, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for nearly 13 years, where she carried out audit, consulting and transaction (M&A) assignments for companies of all sizes, across multiple industries and geographical regions. Nathalie first held the position of Group Finance Director before becoming Group CFO in 2018. She has been in charge of all Group support functions since late 2020.

Charles Champion

An aeronautical engineer and graduate of the National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Space (ISAE-Sup’Aero) and Stanford University, Charles Champion has held senior positions at Airbus in Production, where he was responsible for a number of programs. In particular, he was responsible for the A320 program and for the development of the A380 program up to certification. Charles then became Head of Client Support Services and was responsible for the development of related service activities before becoming Executive Vice President of Engineering, Research and Development for commercial aviation. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, and President of Airbus Operations SAS until early 2018. From August 2018 to January 2020, he was Chair of the Supervisory Board of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Charles has also been Chair of the Board of Directors of ISAE-Sup’Aero since May 2017, and a member of the Board of Directors of SONACA since June 2019.

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

Xavier Le Clef holds a degree in Business Economics from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and an MBA from Vlerick Business School. Xavier began his career with the consultancy firm Arthur D Little in Brussels. He joined CNP in 2006, where he has served as a director since 2012 and as CEO since February 2015. He has also been joint-CEO of Frère-Bourgeois since early 2018. Xavier is the Chair, a director and/or a member of various committees in a number of companies in which the Group has a direct or indirect shareholding, including APG, Caffitaly, CLS, and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.

Alain Tisserand, Independent member.

With more than 30 years’ experience in engineering and consulting, and a former head of one of France’s largest design offices, Alain Tisserand has lent his support to the Group since 2002. Since his arrival, he has contributed significantly to the Group’s growth, particularly in the aerospace sector.

Muriel Barneoud, Independent member.

Muriel Barnéoud is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the French National School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPTT), and holds a specialist degree in financial management and taxation. After starting her career at Arthur Andersen, she joined La Poste Group in 1994. Now Director of Social Engagement at La Poste, Muriel has also held the position of CEO of Docapost (a subsidiary of the La Poste Group specializing in helping companies and institutions through the digital and mobile transition) and served as Assistant Managing Director of the Post Division in her capacity as Industrial Director. She is an elected member of the Paris Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sits on the Management Committee of the Abbé Grégoire Foundation of the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. She is highly active within the Finance Innovation unit, where she has jointly managed a number of working groups. Muriel is a Chevalier de l'ordre National de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor).

Valérie Magloire, Independent member.

A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Valérie Magloire started her career in 1979 at PSA Peugeot Citroën, first as the controller of a Peugeot division, then as a specialist in long-term financing and the person responsible for banking relationships within the Group’s Finance Department. From 1996 to 2008, she was in charge of the Group’s investor relations. Valérie Magloire joined MICHELIN in July 2008 and carried out the role of Head of Investor Relations from 2009 to 2018. She has since been appointed Finance and Strategy Director of the Specialties Division.

Nadine Leclair, Independent member.

Nadine Leclair began her career at Sligos as a research engineer before joining Renault in 1984 as a technical and vehicle engineer. Her first experience in bodywork engineering was on the Safrane project in 1989, then on the Mégane 1 project. She was appointed Manager of Body-in-white Engineering in 1999, a position she held until 2005, when she became Technical Manager for the Mégane Range. She was appointed in 2008 Vice President, Vehicle Engineering and became Senior Vice President, Engineering Project in June 2013. In April 2015, Nadine Leclair was appointed Senior Vice President, Expert Fellow. She was a member of the Renault Management Committee since 2008 and reported to Alliance Engineering. After a career of almost 37 years within the Renault Group, Nadine Leclair is now President of the international membership organization for the automotive and mobility systems engineering community, the FISITA, representing over 200,000 engineers. Nadine Leclair is Expert for the Commission des titres d'ingénieurs (CTI), a French independent body in charge of performing periodic evaluation of engineering programmes offered by the French higher education institutions. Nadine Leclair was awarded the distinction of Chevalier du Mérite for Industry by the French Republic in 2010.

Corporate governance documents

Corporate Governance Charter

The Corporate Governance Charter established by the Board of Directors aims at providing a comprehensive and transparent disclosure of the Company’s governance.



AKKA TECHNOLOGIES SE is incorporated in Belgium, with its registered office at Avenue Louise 235, 1050 Brussels.


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