Executive Committee

Richard Bielle

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Richard Bielle
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Richard Bielle graduated from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), promotion of 1986.
Richard Bielle began his career in the financial sector. In 1988, he joined Renault Trucks, where he held various financial management positions. In 1997, he joined ING Barings as senior manager in charge of project financing before moving to CFAO in 1999 as development director for the Automotive division.
He became CFAO’s head of finance in 2002 and Chief Operating Officer of CFAO Automotive three years later.
Appointed as Chairman of the Management Board in 2009, Richard Bielle is Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Group since 2017 following the governance structural changes.

Koji Minami

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors

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Koji Minami
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors

Koji Minami worked for 29 years at Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) in Japan, China and Malaysia, mainly in the Automotive Division.
Before joining CFAO, he oversaw the TTC Next Mobility Development department.
In 2018, Koji Minami became CFAO Deputy Chief Executive Officer and a Board Member.

Alain Pécheur

Chief Financial Officer & Head of IS
Member of the Board of Directors

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Alain Pécheur
Chief Financial Officer & Head of IS
Member of the Board of Directors

Alain Pécheur is a ESG management school graduate and holds an MBA from HEC business school.
He began his career in 1992 at CFAO as an auditor before becoming a financial controller.
He was appointed Internal Audit Manager in 1998 then oversaw Purchasing. He took charge of CFAO Financial Services in 2002.
In 2005, he joined CFAO Automotive as Chief Financial Officer.
Alain Pécheur has been Chief Financial Officer since 2009 and has overseen CFAO’s Information Systems since 2018. He is a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.

Annie Dateu

Corporate Secretary

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Annie Dateu
Corporate Secretary

Annie Dateu holds a master’s degree in business law and a postgraduate diploma in economic law.
She began her career as a Legal Advisor at Système U.
In 1996, she joined the legal direction of Solvay group where she was in charge of the competition laws. She was then appointed Legal Director of the company in 2001 for France, Africa and the Middle East regions. She then assumed the same position at Abbot Products in 2010.
She joined Eurapharma as Legal Director in 2011.
Annie Dateu has been the CFAO Group’s Corporate Secretary since April 2020. She oversees the Legal, Risks-Insurance-Security, Compliance, Strategic Planning & Development and Corporate Services departments.

Cécile Desrez

Vice President Human Resources, Communications and CSR

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Cécile Desrez
Vice President Human Resources, Communications and CSR

Cécile Desrez holds a master’s degree in private law and a postgraduate degree in human resources management. She worked for several years in HR for chemical industries and distribution sector.
Cécile Desrez became head of social development of the Kering group in 2002, then HR Director France for Conforama in 2008.
She joined CFAO as Deputy Human Resources Director in 2011.
Cecile Desrez has been Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility since 2014 and has headed the Group’s Communications Department since 2018.

Marc Hirschfeld

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive

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Marc Hirschfeld
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive

After graduating from ISG business school, Marc Hirschfeld worked for various automotive manufacturers in the USA and France, first in sales & marketing then in retail as general manager for dealerships.
He joined the CFAO Group in 2007 as Director of the Automotive business in La Reunion, a French overseas territory. In 2012, he became Director of Automotive Equipment & Services in Algeria until 2015, when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Automotive, Equipment & Services for East Africa, the Maghreb, French Overseas Territories and Asia.
Marc Hirschfeld has been CEO of the CFAO Automotive division since April 2018.

Marc Ferréol

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive Central Africa

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Marc Ferréol
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive Central Africa

After graduating from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon and Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (IAE) in Montpellier, Marc Ferréol started his career at CFAO in 1986 at Cami in Cameroon, as a Deputy Area Manager then Deputy CEO.
In 1996, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of CFAO Congo. He served as CEO of Socada in Cameroon from 2000 to 2005, when he was appointed Deputy CEO of CFAO and Chairman and CEO of CFAO Motors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He then held the position of Chief Operating Officer in French-speaking African countries before becoming CEO for CFAO in Western Africa in 2014.
Marc Ferréol has been Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Automotive Central Africa since 2017.

Fabrice de Creisquer

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive Western Africa

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Fabrice de Creisquer
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive Western Africa

Fabrice de Creisquer graduated from ESCE international business school in Paris.
After a first experience in Madagascar and Japan, Fabrice de Creisquer joinined SICAM (Madagascar) to develop long-term rental, tourism and pay-TV subsidiaries. He then headed  the subsidiary of an automotive group in Mayotte for three years until he was appointed Managing officer and Country Delegate for CFAO in Madagascar, from 2006 to 2010. He became, in 2011, CEO of CFAO Automotive in Senegal and Country Delegate then moved on to similar roles in Côte d’Ivoire between 2015 and 2018.
He is Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Automotive Western Africa since 2018.

Masakazu Ohira

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive Business Unit Toyota

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Masakazu Ohira
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive Business Unit Toyota

After graduating with a business degree from Keio University in Tokyo, Masakazu Ohira joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) in 1988. He began his career in Great Britain, Kenya, Latin America and the United States, then joined the TTC Automobile Planning department in Japan in 2006 and the Africa Automotive department in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director at Toyota Angola and became General Manager of TTC’s Africa Automotive department in 2013.
Masakazu Ohira joined CFAO headquarters in France in 2017 and is CEO of Toyota Business Unit in the Automotive division.

Goran Krizmanic

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive East & Southern Africa

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Goran Krizmanic
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Automotive East & Southern Africa

Goran Krizmanic graduated in mechanical engineering and business administration, and draws on 24 years of management experience, mainly in the automotive industry. In 2001, he joined TTC group with the objective of establishing the Toyota brand in his home country, Croatia. His career has taken him to several countries in Europe and in Africa. In 2016, he was appointed General Manager of the Automotive Division at Toyota Tsusho Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Goran Krizmanic has been Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Automotive East & Southern Africa since 2018.

Andrew Velleman

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO South Africa

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Andrew Velleman
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO South Africa

Andrew Velleman holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting science from the University of South Africa. He began his career in the financial sector at EY in the UK before moving on to join the food distribution industry in South Africa. He joined TTC in 2003 then, in 2007, Toyota Tsusho South Africa, which went on to become CFAO in 2017. He held various positions before being appointed Operations Director of the Production Support Division in 2018.
Andrew Velleman has been Chief Executive Officer of CFAO South Africa since April 2020.

Jean-Marc Leccia

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Healthcare

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Jean-Marc Leccia
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Healthcare

Jean-Marc Leccia is a EPSCI (École des praticiens du commerce international) international business school graduate. He started his professional journey within Bexter Laboratories, where he was Export Manager for Africa and the Maghreb regions.
He joined Eurapharma in 1991 and was responsible for promotional activities before creating the E.P.Dis France pre-wholesale business in 2000. He has headed operations in English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa and the Maghreb since 2005.
Jean-Marc Leccia has been Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Healthcare since 2012.

Ken Accajou

Deputy Chief Executive Officer Head of Distribution
Directeur Pôle Répartition
CFAO Healthcare

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Ken Accajou
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Head of Distribution
Directeur Pôle Répartition
CFAO Healthcare

Ken Accajou graduated from ISG business school.
Ken Accajou was Sales Director of Sopharma in the French West Indies before becoming deputy director of the French-speaking Africa & Madagascar regions from 2004 to 2008. He was then appointed Director for the Maghreb and English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa. He became Managing Director of Sopharma in September 2009. He took charge of Eurapharma’s business in French-speaking Africa & Madagascar in 2013.
Ken Accajou has been Deputy CEO and head of the distribution business since 2017.

Jean-Christophe Brindeau

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Retail

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Jean-Christophe Brindeau
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Retail

Jean-Christophe Brindeau holds a degree in geography and graduated in finance for managers from EM Lyon Business School.
From 1992 until 2016, Jean-Christophe Brindeau held several positions at food retailer group Casino in France, South America and the Indian Ocean where he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vindémia, the region’s leading distributor, from 2012 to 2015.
In 2017, he began heading operations at the Ho Hio Hen group, a major distributor in the French West Indies and in French Guiana.
Jean-Christophe Brindeau has been Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Retail since January 2018.

Marc Bandelier

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO FMCG & Agri

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Marc Bandelier
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO FMCG & Agri

Marc Bandelier holds a master’s degree in agronomy and food science from Agro Paris Tech as well as a master’s degree in international food industry management from ESSEC business school.
Marc Bandelier began his career in 1988 in the United States, working for the French Industrial Development Agency. In 1991, he was recruited by the Mars Group where he successively held several positions in production, finance and marketing. From 2001 to 2004, Marc Bandelier was Brands Director for the brewery Kronenbourg in France. In 2014, he joined ECKS Granini where he held the position of Marketing Director then Sales Director. In 2010, he was appointed General Manager of the joint-venture between ECKS Granini and Nestlé Waters in Switzerland.
Marc Bandelier joined CFAO in 2014 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CFAO FMCG & Agri. He has been CEO of the business unit since 2015.

Alexis Madrange

Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Technology & Energy

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Alexis Madrange
Chief Executive Officer
CFAO Technology & Energy

Alexis Madrange graduated from École Centrale de Nantes engineering school.
After extensive experience in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Chad, he joined CFAO in 2011 as General Manager of CFAO Equipment in Ghana. In 2014, he took up the post of Director of Marketing and Purchasing at CFAO head office, before being appointed Director of Equipment in the Automotive, Equipment- and Services Division.
Alexis Madrange joined the new Technology & Energy Division as General Manager of the Energy and Lifts department. He has been Chief Executive Officer of the CFAO Technology & Energy Division since 2018.

Board of directors

Richard Bielle

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Richard Bielle
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Richard Bielle graduated from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), promotion of 1986.
Richard Bielle began his career in the financial sector. In 1988, he joined Renault Trucks, where he held various financial management positions. In 1997, he joined ING Barings as senior manager in charge of project financing before moving to CFAO in 1999 as development director for the Automotive division.
He became CFAO’s head of finance in 2002 and Chief Operating Officer of CFAO Automotive three years later.
Appointed as Chairman of the Management Board in 2009, Richard Bielle is Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Group since 2017 following the governance structural changes.

Koji Minami

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors

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Koji Minami
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors

Koji Minami worked for 29 years at Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) in Japan, China and Malaysia, mainly in the Automotive Division.
Before joining CFAO, he oversaw the TTC Next Mobility Development department.
In 2018, Koji Minami became CFAO Deputy Chief Executive Officer and a Board Member.

Alain Pécheur

Chief Financial Officer & Head of IS
Member of the Board of Directors

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Alain Pécheur
Chief Financial Officer & Head of IS
Member of the Board of Directors

Alain Pécheur is a ESG management school graduate and holds an MBA from HEC business school.
He began his career in 1992 at CFAO as an auditor before becoming a financial controller.
He was appointed Internal Audit Manager in 1998 then oversaw Purchasing. He took charge of CFAO Financial Services in 2002.
In 2005, he joined CFAO Automotive as Chief Financial Officer.
Alain Pécheur has been Chief Financial Officer since 2009 and has overseen CFAO’s Information Systems since 2018. He is a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.

Dennis Awori

Member of the Board of Directors

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Dennis Awori
Dennis Awori
Member of the Board of Directors

Dennis Awori graduated from Manchester University and Ashridge Management College in the UK.
He is a Kenyan diplomat and business leader involved in promoting the private sector in Kenya & East Africa. Dennis Awori became chairman of TTC East Africa in 2015.
He has also served as chairman of Kenya Airways and currently sits as a member of several boards of directors (including Bank of Africa).
Dennis Awori is a member of the Board of Directors of CFAO since 2017.

Pierre Guénant

Member of the Board of Directors

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Pierre Guénant
Pierre Guénant
Member of the Board of Directors

Pierre Guénant graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).
He began his career with the Jacobs/Jacques Vabre group before joining the Heuliez group as head of sales, then as a factory Director, and finally as a Holding director. In 1980, he founded the PGA group, an automotive distribution market leader in Europe. Since 2010, he’s at the head of PGAHOLDING which pilots the group’s multiple investments.
He is also a member of several Board of coted French and foreign societies.
Pierre Guénant joined the Supervisory Board of CFAO in 2009 and is a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.

Toshimitsu Imai

Member of the Board of Directors

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Toshimitsu Imai
Toshimitsu Imai
Member of the Board of Directors

Toshimitsu Imai started his career within TTC’s Automobile division where he worked as Chief Representative of TTC in Antananarivo, Madagascar, then as General Manager of Toyota Tsusho Africa in South Africa, and finally as General Manager of the TTC Automotive Division Planning Department of TTC in Japan just before joining CFAO.
Mr Imai joined CFAO in France as Vice President Alliance Office-Business in 2013. He became a Toyota Tsusho executive officer in 2016.
In 2018, he became Managing Officer for Toyota Motors Corporation and Chief Executive Officer in the Africa Region.
Toshimitsu Imai is at the head of the TTC Africa division and a member of the Board of Directors since 2019.

Hideyuki Iwamoto

Member of the Board of Directors

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Hideyuki Iwamoto
Member of the Board of Directors

Hideyuki Iwamoto has a degree in economics from Chuo University of Tokyo.
He joined Tomen Corporation (now Toyota Tsusho) in 1985. After some time abroad at the Business Accounting Department Tomen Japan of Tomen America, he moved to Toyota Tsusho in Japan in 2003 and worked in the Corporate Planning Department, which he took charge of in 2009. He subsequently headed the Metal Planning Department before becoming an executive officer in 2013. Mr Iwamoto has been Chief Financial Officer since 2017.
Hideyuki Iwamoto is a member of the Board of Directors since 2020.

Momar Nguer

Member of the Board of Directors

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Momar Nguer
Momar Nguer
Member of the Board of Directors

Momar Nguer graduated from ESSEC business school.
Momar Nguer has extensive experience in African markets, in particular with regard to distribution network management. He began his career in 1982 at the Hewlett Packard France finance department before joining Total in 1984, where he has held various positions in France and other countries.From 2012 to 2016, he became Director of the African and Mena Region of Total Marketing Services. From 2016 to 2020, he is appointed General Director of the Marketing and Services branch of Total group and became a member of the Executive committee.
He is currently a special counsellor on Africans matters for Total’s CEO and the CEO of Mnguer Advisory.
Momar Nguer is member of the Board of Directors since 2017.

Sylvie Rucar

Member of the Board of Directors

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Sylvie Rucar
Sylvie Rucar
Member of the Board of Directors

Sylvie Rucar graduated from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. Spent most of her career time within Citroën (PSA group) before joining the PSA group Finance Department. She was Head of Finance and Group Treasurer from 2000 to 2006, then she became Director of Finance and a member of the Management Committee. In 2008, she joined Société Générale as Director of Finance Delegate.
Since the end of 2010, she created an advisor consulting firm, she is senior advisor of Alix Partners and is a member of several boards of directors.
Sylvie Rucar is a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.

Yasuhiko Yokoi

Member of the Board of Directors

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Yasuhiko Yokoi
Yasuhiko Yokoi
Member of the Board of Directors

Yasuhiko Yokoi graduated from University of Nagoya.
Mr Yokoi is recognized for his expertise in the automotive market. He began his career in the marketing department at Toyota Motor Corporation in the Asian and Oceania regions, as well as at Toyota Motor Marketing Europe.
After returning to Japan, he was appointed General Manager of the Lexus Japan Sales & Marketing Division. In 2006, he became Managing Officer at TMC. In 2009, he joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation as Senior Managing Director and became Chief Division Officer of the TTC Automotive Division in 2010. In June 2012, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of TTC, managing and supervising overseas business strategies and operations.
Yasuhiko Yokoi is TTC Senior Executive Advisor since 2018 and a member of the CFAO Board of Directors since 2017.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee oversees the preparation and auditing of accounting and financial information, as well as monitoring risk management and internal control systems.
Its members include Sylvie Rucar (chair), Dennis Awori and Toshimitsu Imai.

 

Nomination and Compensation Committee

Founded in 2014, the Nomination and Compensation Committee assists the Supervisory Board in appointing individuals to the Company’s Management and Supervisory bodies and is also responsible for establishing and periodically assessing the compensation and benefits of the corporate officers and senior executives.
Its members include Pierre Guénant (chair), Momar Nguer and Yasuhiko Yokoi.