The Cotecna board and management team includes some of the leading figures in the testing, inspection and certification (TIC) industry.

Board of Directors

Frank Piedelièvre

Chairman

Frank joined Cotecna’s Board of Directors in 2015 and became Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder in 2018. He started his career in the building and industrial sector in 1979, and joined Bureau Veritas 1994 where he was CEO from 1996 to 2012 and Chairman of the Board until 2013. In his time at Bureau Veritas, he spearheaded the successful transformation of the company – from EUR 350 million revenue to EUR 4 billion - and took it public in 2007. Frank graduated from HEC Paris.

Robert M. Massey

Director

Robert is the youngest son of Cotecna’s founder, Elie-Georges Massey. He took on the role of CEO of the Group in 1992 before becoming Chairman of the Board in 2017. Following a change in the shareholding structure in 2018, he remains a member of the Board as Director. Robert graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

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Executive Committee

Sébastien Dannaud

Chief Executive Officer

Sébastien joined Cotecna in 2016 to drive the rapid expansion of the Group’s geographical network and was appointed CEO in 2017. Prior to joining Cotecna, he spent close to 10 years at Bureau Veritas where he held a number of leadership positions in Strategy, Business Development and Operations, across different geographies. He started off his career as an analyst for Goldman Sachs and later joined Alcan where he was in charge of a number of M&A projects. Sébastien graduated from HEC Paris.

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Guido Dori

Chief Development Officer

Guido joined Cotecna in 2017 as Chief Development Officer. He previously spent over 15 years at Bureau Veritas, where he held a number of leadership positions across multiple continents. Prior to joining Bureau Veritas he worked as Marketing & Sales Director for a Spanish subsidiary of SFIR, a European leader in the sugar sector. Guido graduated from Thunderbird and attended an Executive Education Programme at INSEAD.

Mathieu Gourlet

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mathieu joined Cotecna in 2018 as Chief Human Resources Officer. He previously spent over 12 years at Bureau Veritas where he held various leadership HR roles across Europe and Asia. Most recently, Mathieu was leading the group’s European HR function. With 25 years of experience in HR, he has worked across several industries for companies such as Nestlé, Elior and Saint-Gobain. Mathieu graduated from ESSEC Business School.

Romain Petit

Chief Operating Officer

Romain joined Cotecna in 2018 to manage the Group’s operations and work closely with the CEO on deploying the strategy. Prior to joining Cotecna, he spent close to 20 years at Bureau Veritas where he held a number of senior leadership roles. In his most recent positions, Romain was leading the group’s strategy and development activities for Europe and previously led the operations for North Asia. He started off his career as a consultant at PwC. Romain graduated from ESC Amiens, and attended an Executive Education Programme at INSEAD.

Jean-Frédéric Thomas

Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Frédéric joined Cotecna as Group Financial Controller in 2006 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Previously, he spent a number of years in senior audit and advisory roles for large auditing firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arthur Andersen and BearingPoint. Jean-Frédéric graduated from EDHEC Group.

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