French third party asset management firm La Française is opening its supervisory board to two independent specialists of the property and financial sector.
Former vice-president of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (Efama) Jean-Baptiste de Franssu and Philippe Marini now form part of the La Française Supervisory Board, joining existing members André Halipré, vice chairman of the Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe Federation, and Eric Charpentier, chief executive officer of Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe.
Jean-Baptiste de Franssu is the chairman of Incipit, a mergers and acquisitions advisory and consulting firm which he founded in 2011. He is also non-executive director of financial services group Acofi, Benelux financial intermediary Petercam and banking group Tages. He has been president of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, since July 2014.
De Franssu began his career as a financial editor with the French business publication, Investir. In 1987, he served as director at TGF, a subsidiary of the French public financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. In 1990, he took over the management of Invesco Europe and became a member of the Invesco Worldwide management committee from 2000 to 2011.
In 2007, De Franssu was elected vice-president of Efama, a role he held between 2009 and 2011.
Marini is the mayor of Compiègne, president of the Greater Compiègne urban community and president of the Syndicat Mixte de la Vallée de l’Oise. He has served on the supervisory board of financial advisor Gimar et Cie since 1999 and became chairman of their management board in January 2015.
Among other positions, Marini was senator of Oise from 1992 to 2015, acting as rapporteur general for the Senate Finance Committee from 1998 to October 2011. He was chairman of the Senate Finance Committee until October 2014, but resigned his role in at the beginning of this year.
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