People: Danone SA (DANO.PA)
24 Dec 2014
Mr. Jean-Michel Severino has been an Independant Director at Danone SA since April 28, 2011. He has also been Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee since April 2012 and a Member of its Social Responsibility Committee since April 2011. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, ESCP, IEP Paris and holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in economics and a Bachelors degree in law. After four years working at the French General Inspection of Finance (1984-1988), he was named technical advisor for economic and financial affairs at the French Ministry of Cooperation (1988-1989) and later became the head of that ministry’s Department of Economic and Financial Affairs and then its Development Director. In 1996, he was recruited by the World Bank as the Director for Central Europe at a time when this region was marked by the end of the Balkans conflict and reconstruction. He became the World Bank’s Vice-President in charge of Far East Asia from 1997 to 2001. After a brief stint working once again for the French government as Inspector General of Finance, he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD). In 2010, at the end of his third term of office, he returned once again to the French General Inspection of Finance, where he is responsible for the French partnership for water. In May 2011, he left the civil service in order to head up “Investisseur et Partenaire Conseil”. In addition to his professional duties, he has experience in the educational and research areas, notably as an associate professor at CERDI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Developpement International). He was elected as a member of the Academie des Technologies (2010); he is currently a senior fellow of the Fondation pour la Recherche sur le De.veloppement International (FERDI) and of the German Marshall Fund (GMF). His other positions include Director of France Telecom.
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