The Strategy & ESG 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;
  • ensure that environmental, social, and governance criteria are integrated into the group’s strategy.

The Strategy & ESG 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, Mrs Pascale MOURVILLIER, Mr Thomas KREMER. All of them are indepedent.

Jean-Paul Cottet


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


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


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.

Pascale Mourvillier


Pascale Mourvillier began her career in auditing at Arthur Andersen. She then specialized in IFRS at the Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes (CNCC – National Company of Auditors) and worked as a technical advisor at Acteo. In 2005, she joined Suez as head of the IFRS expertise division and for 10 years she helped the group carry out many strategic transactions. Since 2014, she serves as an independent financial reporting consultant for many mid-caps and large corporations. She has been a member of the SFAF Accounting Commission since 2004.

Thomas Kremer


Thomas Kremer graduated from the University of Bonn in 1994 with a doctorate in law. At the beginning of his career, Thomas Kremer joined the legal department of ThyssenKrupp AG before becoming its general counsel in 2003 and being put in charge of implementing their compliance program. He was named Chief Compliance Officer in 2007. In 2009, he took over the management of the company’s legal & compliance expertise center. In 2012, he joined Deutsche Telekom AG as a member of the executive board and was responsible for data privacy, legal affairs, compliance, internal auditing, and risk management. Between January 2014 and March 2015, he served as interim human resources director in parallel with his duties. From May 2015 until his retirement in March 2020, he was also a member of the supervisory board of T-Systems International GmbH, and sat on the safety and human resources subcommittees. In addition to his operational duties, Thomas Kremer was a member of the German government’s commission on corporate governance (Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex, or DCGK). He was also president of the association for network security called “Deutschland sicher im Netz.” Dr. Thomas Kremer is currently a lecturer at the University of Bonn in business law and corporate governance.