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”.
Farming in Viella (Gers), he produces seeds and sweetcorn. As Group Vice-President, he is responsible for the Seed Division and for monitoring the accounts.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Promoting strategies to encourage profitable growth
The Executive Committee is chaired by Pierre Couderc, Managing Director, and comprises the eight main directors of Euralis.
It establishes the strategic aims and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the cooperative. In close collaboration with the Board of Directors, and under its control, the Executive Committee draws up and manages medium term plans and budgets and monitors their implementation.
Composition of the Executive Committee:
Graduated from the Paris École des Mines and started his career with Michelin before moving to the Danone Group in 1987. For over 20 years, he worked internationally in sales, industrial management and general management. He has been Managing Director of Euralis since September 2009.
Over 25 years’ experience of managing information systems in industry and in consultancy (Ernst & Young) as well as in business (DSI EMEA, part of the Georgia Pacific group). He has been director of Euralis Information Systems since May 2011.
A graduate of the ESSEC, he started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers France as an auditor, before joining Reckitt Benckiser PLC (a world leader in mass market health and cleaning products) in 1995. Since March 2010, he has been the Director of Finance at Euralis.
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.