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Board of directors

Board of directors

An essential governance body

The Board of Directors is elected by the corporation's shareholders to supervise the group's management and operations. The Board is the guarantor of the Essilor vision and e​nsures that the management operates in the interest of the corporation.

Composition of the Board of Directors as of May 11, 2016
The role of the Board

The role of the Board of Directors is to:
  • Call shareholder meetings;
  • Establish and certify corporate financial statements and present them to the shareholders;
  • Appoint and dismiss corporate officers;
  • Appoint the members of the five Board of Directors' Committees, and to monitor and co-ordinate their work;
  • Approve strategic decisions, including acquisitions and transfers;
  • Approve large-scale reorganizations and investments;
  • Monitor the implementation of corporate decisions;
  • Assess its own performance and that of the executive management;
  • Define and review annually the attribute of "independent director";
  • Designate independent directors;
  • Assess the work carried out by the Board of Directors.
Constantly updated expertise

Each member of the Board contributes his or her expertise and professional experience, exercising total freedom of decision. The renewal of mandates fosters the exchange of experience and expertise and allows members of the Board to combine skills with knowledge of the corporation.
A balanced and representative body

The various categories of employee shareholders are represented on the Board by three members of the Valoptec, the Essilor employee shareholder association. These members represent almost 15% of shareholder voting rights.
Quality of corporate governance hailed by professionals

The jury of the 2014 trophies of the Annual General Meeting Grand Prize acclaimed the quality of Essilor's governance by awarding the Group the 2014 Corporate Governance Award, during the annual Europlace International Financial Forum in Paris​
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