A CHANGE IN GOVERNANCE
FOR MORE RESPONSIVE MANAGEMENT
As part of our work on governance, we have conducted an in-depth review of how it works. The basics remain the same. The President/Managing Director partnership remains a keystone of cooperative governance. This separation of responsibilities is an essential balancing factor.
In order to achieve greater efficiency in monitoring and implementing our action plans, we have opted for greater specialisation among our administrators. A number of committees – Strategic Research, Remuneration, Audit, Ethics – have been set up to help administrators focus more on certain matters.
In addition, regional management has been strengthened through the appointment of three Regional Vice-presidents and the creation of Bassins de Vie. The aim is to keep our policies as close as possible to our farmers’ expectations, within the specific conditions of our four territories in the Agricultural Division.
The two main management bodies are the Board of Directors, elected by representatives of the 12,000 members from the South-West, and the Executive Committee, comprising the Managing Director and the seven main Euralis directors.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ITS OFFICERS
Guarantors of the cooperative approach
It comprises 24 directors, all of them farmers. Their role is to work with the Executive Committee to set out the key strategies for Euralis and to check that the decisions they take are implemented on the ground.
The Board of Directors – composition :
Farms 30 ha of maize for silage in Athos-Aspis (Pyrénées Atlantiques), As the President of Coop de France cereals and Chairman of MOMAGRI he stresses that his “commitments only make sense in relation to Euralis”.
Graduated in Law from the University of Social Sciences of Toulouse and Paris II and joined the Brandt group in 1992 as a business lawyer and later as director of the legal department. He was called to the Bar in Paris in 2006 and joined Euralis in September 2007 as director of the legal department. He also works closely with the Board of Directors to assist in the optimal roll-out of the new system of governance.
THE STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEE (COS)
Comprising the 9 members of the Executive Committee and around forty managerial staff from the management teams of the four Divisions and Group Operations, it meets twice a year at key moments in the life of Euralis.
Formed to adapt Euralis’s governance model to its new Division-based structure, the COS enables the principal managers to be involved in strategic planning before feeding the information back to their own teams.