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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Committed to sharing the value generated in its business, Essilor strongly involves its stakeholders, especially employees, in major decisions that affect its future.

Balance
and diversity

The composition of the Board of Directors is guided by the search for a balance between experienced administrators with extensive knowledge of the Group and new directors who bring experience that can help the Group and its future growth.

The Group is also committed to reflecting the diversity of its stakeholders by opening up its Board to an increasing number of international, female and independent directors. With 14 members of 5 nationalities (American, Canadian, Chinese, French and German) the Board already has a high proportion (63.6%) of independent directors within the scope of the Afep-Medef code.

Responsible
governance

In 2016, for the forth consecutive year, the Essilor group was included in the global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies, the “Global 100”. This index is based on a list of twelve key indicators evaluating business performance in areas ranging from innovation to the management of energy, water and waste and employee safety. The companies included in the index are selected from among 4,609 listed companies with a market capitalization greater than 2 billion US dollars.

Board's
members

As at May 11, 2016

Board's
committees

The Board’s committees structure govern​​​​ance and assist the Board of Directors.

Five committees, each of which is dedicated to a specific field of expertise, operate within a remit determined by the Board of Directors and submit their opinions and proposals to the Board for decision.


 
THE AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Role
The Audit Committee ensures that the Executive Management has access to the resources required to identify and manage the economic, financial and legal risks to which the group is exposed in the context of its operations. It carries out its work by means of inspections and information gathering in relation to the group’s different management structures.

Members
– Benoît BAZIN (Chair)
– Philippe ALFROID
– Antoine BERNARD DE SAINT-AFFRIQUE
– Juliette FAVRE
– Annette MESSEMER​


 
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND REMUNERATIONS COMMITTEE

Role
The Remunerations Committee makes recommendations concerning the remuneration of members of the Executive Management and the granting of stock options. The Committee monitors the Group’s remuneration policies and assists the Chairman and the Board in their discussions on management succession plans for the Group. Finally, the Remunerations Committee deliberates on the composition of the Board of Directors and any changes that need to be made.

Members
– Bernard HOURS (Chair)
– Marc ONETTO
– Henrietta FORE​


 
THE STRATEGY COMMITTEE

Role
The principal purpose of the Strategic Committee is to review group strategy at regular intervals as regards products, technologies, geographical developments and marketing.

Members
– Hubert SAGNIERES (Chair)
– Philippe ALFROID
– Benoît BAZIN*
– Antoine BERNARD DE SAINT-AFFRIQUE*
– Maureen CAVANAGH
– Juliette FAVRE
– Henrietta FORE*
– Louise FRECHETTE*
– Yi HE
– Franck HENRIONNET
– Bernard HOURS*
– Annette MESSEMER*
– Marc ONETTO*
– Olivier PECOUX​

* Independant Board members


 
THE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Role
The main role of the Nominations​ Committee is to recommend candidates for election to the Board and to review the Board’s membership and future developments. In addition, the Committee:
– supervises the Board’s self-assessment process;
– identifies independent directors and submits their findings to the Board for approval;
– manages changes to the Board’s membership and oversees directors’ performance;
– recommends improvements in Board procedures;
– makes any necessary preparations for changes in Board membership.

Members
– Olivier PECOUX (Chair)
– Philippe ALFROID
– Bernard HOURS
– Hubert SAGNIERES (in a consulting role)
– Juliette FAVRE (in a consulting role)​


 
THE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) COMMITTEE

Role
The main role of the CSR Committee is to ensure that the Essilor group is even more effective at addressing the economic and societal challenges associated with our mission to “improve sight,” which involves helping as many people as possible to see better, in order to live better. Of the 7.2 billion people on the planet, 4.5 billion need visual correction and 1.9 billion actually get it. Therefore, more than​ 2.5 billion people do not. The Group strives to offer products customized to each individual within its entire global scope.
This covers all areas of corporate social responsibility relating to the Group’s mission and operations.

Members
– Louise FRECHETTE (Chair)
– Antoine BERNARD DE SAINT-AFFRIQUE​
– Juliette FAVRE
– Hubert SAGNIERES​​

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