The Strategy Committee is a standing committee of the Supervisory Board, which main purpose is to assist, advise and prepare the Supervisory Board with respect to the following matters:
- oversight responsibilities of long term strategy;
- risk and opportunities regarding long term strategy; and
- analysis of potential investments, acquisitions, divestments with the Group Management Board.
The Strategy Committee consists of at least two members and is currently composed of the following members: Mr. Jean-Paul COTTET (Chairman), Mr Francesco SERAFINI, Mrs. Caroline TISSOT.
A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Mines ParisTech, and Telecom ParisTech, Jean-Paul Cottet started his career in the nuclear industry, then worked for France Telecom/Orange as network operations director in Marseille. He has held a variety of management positions, including a position on the Paris executive management team, sales director for France and director of public tenders. He also worked as network operations director for France. He then moved into various positions on the group’s executive committee as general secretary, CIO, head of the international division and head of marketing for innovation and content activities. He currently works as a management consultant for new technologies.
Francesco Serafini joined Hewlett-Packard in 1981 where he spent most of his career. Until 2005, he held senior positions in the group such as senior vice president for HP Services and senior vice president of HP Technology Solutions Group for Europe and the Middle East. In 2005, he became head of Hewlett-Packard European operations, and in 2009, became the group’s executive vice president in charge of emerging markets.
Caroline Tissot is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a master’s degree from the Université Paris Dauphine. She started her career in 1995 as a consultant with Deloitte France before joining General Electric’s Brussels-based European head office in 2003 where she spent nearly ten years in procurement gaining expertise in this field as well as extensive international experience. In 2012, she was appointed chief procurement officer of Bouygues Telecom, a French telecommunications operator. In September 2016, she moved to AccorHotels to head up their group procurement.