Marie-Astrid De Gerard
Chief financial officer, France
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH AT ESSILOR?
Marie-Astrid De Gerard: I joined the Group in 2003 after a postgraduate degree in Strategy and Management Control. I first worked in Group management control in charge of Asia Pacific subsidiaries and the Transitions product line, before joining Essilor’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore to work on acquisition projects and integrate management control across the zone. I returned to France as a financial controller, and since September 2014 have been Chief Financial Officer of Essilor France.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN MISSIONS IN YOUR JOB NOW?
M-A. D. G.: Ensuring the different reporting, managing key indicators and compliance with Group standards but also working to support the business and its operations. We provide analysis and recommendations to help them manage activities and find the best options to support their ideas while respecting Group standards. We also have a role to communicate and coordinate with the Finance team across the Europe region.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO WORK AT THE ESSILOR GROUP?
M-A. D. G.: It’s above all teamwork with a lot of human contact. We play a central role in collecting, analysing and sharing all kinds of information. We are fortunate to work with a wide range of departments and I enjoy the often unpredictable questions from colleagues! I like using my knowledge to serve the business. I particularly appreciate the human and supportive nature of Essilor even while we’re focused and results-driven. Since arriving at Essilor France, I am also touched by the passion and enthusiasm of the teams for their work and dedication in serving eye care professionals.