Governance

PAI has a robust and transparent structure built around industry best practice.

In order to execute the investment mandate entrusted to us by investors in total confidence, we have developed the following governance structure:

Investment Committee

Responsible for all investment-related decisions including new investments, divestments, add-on acquisitions, portfolio company financing and refinancing, as well as the overall monitoring of the funds’ investments. It is chaired by PAI’s Chief Investment Officer, and includes ten partners with a combined 140 years of private equity experience and an average 16 years at PAI.

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  • 10

    members

Executive Committee

Oversees the day-to day management of the firm and all non investment-related strategic and management decisions. The seven-strong committee is chaired by PAI’s Chairman and CEO, Michel Paris.

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  • 7

    members

Portfolio Review & Valuation Committees

Formal quarterly meetings where the teams discuss the performance and development, valuation, exit strategy and outturn expectations for each investment. This ensures objectivity in achieving milestones and deal team accountability.

Supervisory Board

Composed of six senior professionals from outside the firm, who supervise the medium and long term strategy established by the Executive Committee, and ensure the proper execution of management and advisory mandates entrusted to the management company by investors. Chaired by Amaury de Seze, one of the founding partners of the firm and its former CEO, the board is a non-executive body that also guarantees compliance with all fund and management company by-laws.

  • 6

    members

  • Amaury de Seze

    Supervisory Board

    Amaury de Seze

    Amaury de Seze has been chairing PAI’s Supervisory Board since 2010.

    Amaury de Seze started his career in 1968 at Bull General Electric. In 1978, he joined Volvo Group, where he successively held the positions of Deputy CEO of Volvo France, Chairman & CEO of Volvo France, Chairman & CEO of Volvo Europe, Member of the Group Executive Committee of AB Volvo and Member of the Strategic Committee of Renault Volvo.

    He joined Paribas group in 1993 as Member of the Management Board of Compagnie Financière de Paribas and Banque Paribas and Founding Partner, Chairman & CEO of PAI.

    Amaury is currently Vice Chairman of Power Corporation of Canada. He serves on the Board of Directors of Carrefour, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, Imerys, Publicis, Suez Environment and Thales.

     
  • Lionel Zinsou

    Supervisory Board

    Lionel Zinsou

    Lionel is the Vice Chairman of PAI’s Supervisory Board. He joined PAI in 2008 and was Chairman and CEO of the firm from 2009 to 2015, when he was named Prime Minister of Benin. Lionel started his professional career as a lecturer and professor in economics at Paris University and was a member of the department of Industry’s Ministerial office and of the Prime Minister’s office. In 1986, Lionel joined Danone where he held various positions including Group Corporate Development Director, Managing Director of HP and Lea & Perrins and was a member of the Group Executive Committee. In 1997, Lionel joined the Rothschild Bank as General Partner, where he was the Head of the Consumer Products Group, the Head of Middle East and Africa and a member of the Global Investment Bank Committee.
  • Charles Bouaziz

    Supervisory Board

    Charles Bouaziz

    Charles Bouaziz is CEO of Ontex, a large European FMCG company and was previously a Partner at PAI. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions over his 23 years in the Consumer Goods industry.

    He spent his early career at Michelin (in Canada) and Procter & Gamble. In 1991, he joined PepsiCo as Marketing Director for France & Belgium and in 1996 became General Manager for France. In 2006, he was appointed General Manager of a group of countries including France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria; and in 2008, became President of PepsiCo Western Europe.

    In 2010, he left PepsiCo to become CEO of Monoprix, then in 2010 joined PAI as member of the Food and Consumer Goods sector team and later as head of the Portfolio Performance Group.

  • Lars Frederiksen

    Supervisory Board

    Lars Frederiksen

    Lars Vinge Frederiksen was the CEO of Chr. Hansen, one of PAI’s former portfolio companies, from 2005 to 2013.

    For more than thirty years, Lars held senior positions with Chr. Hansen in Denmark and abroad, especially in the US and France, before being appointed to the Executive Board of the company in 1999 and to Chief Executive Officer in 2005 when PAI acquired Chr. Hansen. Lars led the successful IPO of Chr. Hansen in 2010.

    Lars is a member of the boards of directors of Matas A/S (Chairman), Falck A/S (Vice Chairman), Rockwool A/S, Widex A/S, Augustinus Industri A/S, Hedorf Holding A/S and the Danish Committee on Corporate Governance.

     
  • Patrick Nahon-Fauchier

    Supervisory Board

    Patrick Nahon-Fauchier

    Patrick Nahon Fauchier is a member of PAI’s Supervisory Board. He has been Chairman of Bluwan since 2009 and is also the Managing Director for Bluwan UK. Bluwan provides carrier-grade multi-gigabit wireless solutions with fibre-like speeds and capacity. Prior to joining Bluwan, Patrick co-founded Fauchier Partners, a specialised financial company.  As Chairman, he led Fauchier Partners  to become a market leader in the management of Funds of Hedge Funds.
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