People: Essilor International Compagnie Generale d'Optique SA (ESSI.PA)
Mr. Xavier Fontanet has served as Director of Essilor International SA as of January 2, 2012. Prior to that, he worked as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of the Company from May 6, 1996. On June 15, 1992, he was first appointed Director of the Company. He is also the Chairman of the Company's Nominating Committee. Until January 2, 2010, he was Chairman of the Company's Strategic Committee. He holds several other mandates including Director of L'Oreal, Credit Agricole SA, Fonds Strategique d'investissement SA, as well as Member of the Supervisory Board of Schneider Electric, among others. Mr. Fontanet started his career as Vice Chairman of Boston Consulting Group. In 1981, he became Managing Director of Beneteau. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Fontanet worked for Wagons-Lits Group. Mr. Fontanet obtained a degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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