Governance

The cooperative comprises several governing bodies: the Board of Directors, the Group Committees, the Regional Commissions, the Group’s Strategic Committee and the Management Committee. 

The Board of Directors

 

It comprises 21 cooperative directors, 1 non-cooperative partner and 5 trainees. All of them are farmers elected by the representatives of some 6,500 members in Southwest France. They work alongside the Group’s Strategic Committee to define Euralis’ key strategies and to check that they are implemented in the field. They also guarantee the Group’s cooperative vision.

The Board of Directors comprises an Executive Council with 5 members :

Groupe Euralis - Coopérative Agricole et agroalimentaire - Christophe Congues
Christophe Congues

President of Euralis

Kiwi and tobacco producer in Moumour (Southwest France).
He was the President of the Fédération des planteurs de tabac (Federation of Tobacco Planters) for thirteen years, and General Secretary of the France Tabac Union (French Tobacco Union) for eleven years before joining the Euralis Board of Directors in February 2014.

Bernard Ader Vice-President of Euralis and President of the Food Division
Bernard Ader

Vice-President of Euralis and President of the Food Division

Farmer in Saint-Élix-Séglan (Southeast France) specialised in organic cattle breeding and field crop activities using agro-ecological and soil conservation methods (durum wheat, sunflower, sorghum and hard wheat)

President of the European Committee for Agricultural Cooperation
Vice-President of Cogeca, the General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union

Stéphane Boué Vice-President of Euralis, President of the Agricultural Division
Stéphane Boué

Vice-President of Euralis, President of the Agricultural Division

Farmer in Bournos and Arx (Southwest France) specialised in maize seed, maize, and vegetables.

Jean-Paul Lataste Vice-President of Euralis in charge of cooperative activities, President of the Participation and Development Division
Jean-Paul Lataste

Vice-President of Euralis in charge of cooperative activities, President of the Participation and Development Division

A cattle farmer in Morganx (Southwest France), he also grows maize for human consumption, as well as sweetcorn, tobacco and soya.
As Vice-President of AGPM (French general association of maize producers), he also chairs the sweetcorn section.

Pierre Pagès Vice-President of Euralis, President of the Seed Division
Pierre Pagès

Vice-President of Euralis, President of the Seed Division

A farmer in Viella (Southwest France), specialised in seeds and field vegetables.
He is President of the FNPSMS (National federation for the production of maize and sorghum seeds) and vice-president of the SEMAE (the French interprofessional organisation for seeds and plants)

Governing Committees

Group Committees

There are 5 Group Committees: the Strategic Monitoring Committee, the Appointments and Remuneration Committee, the Financial Auditing and Accounts Committee, the Ethics Committee and the CSR Committee. Each of them ensures that governance runs as smoothly as possible in their specialist field, so that their members can focus on certain issues.

Regional Commissions

There are 6 Regional Commissions : Béarn, Bigorre, Garonne, Gascony, Gave Océan, and North Aquitaine. Made up of board members, they ensure regional management in close cooperation with member farmers and local institutions. This organisation helps us implement policies in line with farmers’ expectations and according to the specificities of each region.

Euralis’ cooperative governance is structured around the President/CEO. This dual management structure is key to maintaining balance.

The Group’s Strategic Committee

It comprises the CEO and Euralis’ main directors.

Philippe Saux  CEO of the Euralis Group and CEO of Lidea
Philippe Saux

CEO of the Euralis Group and CEO of Lidea

Luc Lemaire  Deputy CEO, in charge of the Group’s activities and Cooperative Governanceaa
Luc Lemaire

Deputy CEO, in charge of the Group’s activities and Cooperative Governance

François Lelarge Director of Information Systems
François Lelarge

In charge of digital transformation and cross-functional projects.

Olivier Tillous Borde Director of the Group’s Strategic Developments
Olivier Tillous Borde

Director of the Group’s Strategic Developments

Laurent Dubain CEO of the Agricultural Division
Laurent Dubain

CEO of the Agricultural Division

Olivier Paul Deputy CEO of Lidea
Olivier Paul

Deputy CEO of Lidea

Rémi Thomas CEO of the Stalaven and Atelier Traiteur BUs
Rémi Thomas

CEO of the Stalaven and Atelier Traiteur BUs

Bruno Traverse CEO of the Maison Montfort BU
Bruno Traverse

CEO of the Maison Montfort BU

and the Rougié BU

The Management Committee

It comprises members of the Group’s Strategic Committee and the various BUs’ and Divisions’ Executive Committees, who meet regularly at key stages in the cooperative’s activities. Thanks to the Management Committee, the Group’s main executive managers are not only involved in defining and implementing Euralis’ strategy, but are also in charge of feeding information back to their own teams.