Our Governance

Our governance Excelia

Created in 1988, Excelia is an association in accordance with French Law of 1901.

The Group, directed by Bruno Neil, is supported by different governing bodies including:

Board of Governors

To outline the Group’s policies, strategy and action plans.

  • Stéphane COHAT - President, Excelia

Ex Officio Members:

  • Thierry HAUTIER​ – Chairman, La Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Patrice RAFFARIN - Vice-President of the Regional Council, responsible for Higher Education
  • Vincent DEMESTER - Vice-Chairman responsible for Higher Education, La Rochelle Conurbation
  • Gérard BLANCHARD – Vice-Chairman responsible for Higher Education and Research, Nouvelle-Aquitaine regional council (Conseil Régional de la Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Appointed Members:

  • Pierrick BENOIT - Watson Patrimoine
  • Stéphane COHAT – M.G. SARL
  • Daniel MAZZOLENI – SKF France
  • Sacha BRESLAVE – Chairman, Alumni Le Réseau graduate network
  • Benoît SERRE – Chairman, Strategic Advisory Board, Excelia

Elected Members:

  • Olivia BLANCHARD – Founder & CEO of the French association « Les Acteurs de la Finance responsable »
  • Anne LE JEUNE - Director of Communications - Groupe Ronan Chabot Motors
  • Marlène GALLAIS - Director of Establishment - RADIALL Château-Renault
  • Hervé HUOT – Regional Manager, ERDF
  • François-Georges KUHN - Managing Director, Maritime Kuhn Group
  • Nathalie STEINBERG – General Manager, SYNARGIES
  • Valérie FERNANDES – Dean of the Faculty, Excelia
  • Valentine URVOY - HR & General Facilities Director, Suravenir Assurances (ARKEA Group)

Strategic Advisory Board

To analyse both the medium and long-term issues facing the Group, evaluate core challenges and put forward key strategic proposals to the Board of Governors.

  • Pinar AKKAYA – General Manager, SIGNATURE CONSULTING (UK)
  • Nehme AZOURY – Vice Chancellor, Research in Management and Business Science, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (Lebanon)
  • Frédéric CHEREAU – Independant Consultant (United States)
  • Florence DARMON – Paxter Consultant (France)
  • Joby JOHN – Tom Galloway Professor of Marketing, B.I. Moody III College of Business, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USA)
  • Elena KUKSINA – Danone Human Resources Director (Turkey)
  • Véronique LEBOURDAIS – HR Director, Groupe des Thermes de Saint-Malo (France)
  • Richard LI-HUA – Professor of Strategic Management and Governance - Chairman, Camot Innovation Academy Cambridge (UK)
  • Eduardo LORENZO OCHOA – Project Manager, Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union at Djibouti (Djibouti)
  • George RIGO – Lawyer specialized in Business Law, Orrick (France)
  • Benoît SERRE – HR Director, L'Oréal France (France) - Chairman, Strategic Advisory Board
  • Edith SZIVAS – Director, SeaStar International Tourism Consultancy (UK)

Research Advisory Board

  • The Research Advisory Board is the link between the key stakeholders: the students on the one hand, the companies on the other. It is made up of two colleges (Academic and Business), representatives from our research-active Faculty and external members, chosen for their expertise in the fields of management research.
  • Chantal AMMI​​ - Professor, Institut Mines-Télécom Business School
  • Georges AOUN​ - Marketing Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Management, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon, Member of the Board of Directors of Berytech Incubator, Director of the publication Proche-Orient, études en management (Middle East, Management Studies), former Assistant Research Director of Saint Joseph University, Beirut
  • Cécile CLERGEAU - Chairman of the Research Advisory Board, IAE Nantes, Economics and Management, Head of the Centre de Management International Franco-Chinois (Franco-Chinese International Management Centre), Honorary President of AFMAT (Association Francophone de Management du Tourisme - Francophone Tourism Management Association)
  • François COURVOISIER - Doctor of Economic Sciences, HES Professor, Dean of the Institut du Marketing Horloger (Watchmaking Marketing Institute)
  • Mathilde GOLLETY - University Professor at Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II)​
  • Jean-Louis MOULINS - University Professor, Project Manager Aix Marseille Université, Head of Master CDG and L3 SG​
  • Nicolas POUSSING - HDR Researcher, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Head of research area 'Sustainability, Innovation & Labour Relations', Associate Researcher at CREM-Rennes 1
  • Jean-Marc OGIER​ - Director of the University of La Rochelle, Director of L3i​
  • Jean-François TRINQUECOSTE - University Professor, Bordeaux University, IAE Management School, Director of the Ecole Doctorale (Doctoral School) Entreprises, Economie et Société (Companies, the Economy and Society), Head of the Master in Strategic Marketing, Head of the Research Team of the Institut de Recherche en Gestion des Organisations (Institute of Management Research Organisations)