Paris €32.41 (-0.40%)

Executive committee

The executive committee is responsible for considering, discussing, consultating and general policy decision-making body which seeks to implement the Group’s strategic direction.


Veolia's executive committee meets under Antoine Frérot's chairmanship every month to determine the company’s overall direction and make key decisions. The Executive Committee is assisted by a series of specialized bodies working on cross-divisional issues of significant scope.

In addition, a management committee representing all Veolia functions and regions meets every two months to discuss the full range of issues and prospects affecting the company.




  • Antoine Frérot, Veolia Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Antoine Frérot
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer, Veolia
    Estelle Brachlianoff
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Philippe Guitard
    Senior Executive Vice President, Central & Eastern Europe
  • Eric Haza
    Chief Legal Officer
  • Jean-Marie Lambert
    Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Claude Laruelle
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Christophe Maquet
    Director of the Asia zone
  • Jean-François Nogrette
    Senior Executive Vice President Veolia Technologies and Contracting
  • Laurent Obadia
    Senior Vice President Communications, Advisor to the Chairman and CEO
  • Helman le Pas de Sécheval
    Secretary General
  • Frédéric Van Heems
    Director of the North America zone


The management committee represents all Veolia functions and regions and meets every two months. Its members include:

  • Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Sylvain Boucher, Delegate for France
  • Philippe Bourdeaux, Director of the Africa Middle East zone
  • Didier Bove, Senior Vice President, CIO, Information Systems and Technology​
  • Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer
  • Olivier Brousse, Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation
  • ​Jean-Baptiste Carpentier, Chief Compliance Officer
  • ​​Nicolas de Saint Martin, Director of the Audit and Internal Control
  • Séverine Dinghem, Director of Business Support and Performance
  • Sophie Duval-Huwart, Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO
  • Sophie Gour, Group Purchasing Director
  • ​Gavin Graveson, Senior Executive Vice President, Northern Europe
  • Philippe Guitard, Senior Executive Vice President, Central & Eastern Europe
  • Eric Haza, Chief Legal Officer 
  • Marc-Olivier Houel, Director of France Veolia Environmental Maintenance Industry & Building (MIB)
  • Richard Kirkman, Chief Executive Officer Australia and New Zealand
  • Jean-Marie Lambert, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Claude Laruelle, Chief Financial Officer
  • Anne Le Guennec, CEO of France Waste Recycling & Recovery Solutions Zone (RVD)
  • Helman Le Pas de Sécheval, Secretary General
  • Christophe Maquet,  Director of the Asia zone
  • Emmanuelle Menning, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
  • Gustavo Migues, Director for the Latin America Zone
  • Jean-François Nogrette, Senior Executive Vice President Veolia Technologies and Contracting
  • Laurent Obadia, Senior Vice President Communications, Advisor to the Chairman and CEO
  • ​Isabelle Quainon, Senior Vice President Human Resources / Management of executives, compensations & benefits
  • Pierre Ribaute, Director of the France Water zone
  • ​​Frédéric Van Heems, Director of the North America zone
  • ​​Ronald Wasylec, Director of Investisor Relations

The Disclosure Committee

The disclosure committee was set up on December 11, 2002. Its meetings are chaired by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

In addition to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Disclosure Committee is comprised of certain members of the Company's Executive Committee, including the Chief Financial Officer, as well as the Group's main functional or operational managers.

According to its internal regulations, the main duties of the Disclosure Committee are to oversee the implementation of internal procedures for gathering and verifying information to be made public by the Company, define the procedures for preparing and drafting reports and communications, review information communicated and approve, in particular, the content of the Registration Document to be filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF). The Disclosure Committee is assisted by a Proofreading Committee responsible for validating the draft Registration Document.

At the end of the Disclosure Committee met once at the end of 2016 to review recent regulatory developments that could impact information intended for the market. It initiated the process of gathering information and drafting the annual reports for fiscal year 2016. The Proofreading Committee met in February 2017.

The Risk Committee

The Group Risk Committee is responsible for validating and monitoring the effectiveness of the action plans covering the major risks identified in the risk mapping.

It ensures and supports the proper functioning of the risk management systems and may also decide on which risks are unacceptable within the context of the business. In 2013, the composition of this committee was changed to include members of the Company's Executive Committee, thus establishing a more direct link between the Group's strategy and the risk management process.  Group Risk Committee is coordinated by the Chief Risk, Insurance and Compliance Officer and chaired by the Group's General Counsel. The committee met to examine the Group risk mapping and the action plans for mitigating these risks.

Since 2013, risk committees have been formed in each geographic zone and/or country, meet to monitor and approve the geographic zone and/or country risk mapping.

The Ethics Committee

In March 2004, an Ethics Committee was set up by the Executive Committee to examine any issues or questions relating to ethics. This committee includes three to five members chosen by the Company's Executive Committee.

The Committee elects a chairperson from among its members, who does not hold any special rights other than a deciding vote in the event of a tie. Members of the Committee can be employees, former employees or people from outside the Company, chosen from among candidates with good knowledge of the Group's businesses and a job position guaranteeing independence of judgment and the necessary objectivity. The Committee's decisions are made by a majority vote. Its members are subject to a strict obligation of independence and confidentiality and are not authorized to announce their personal position externally. In order to guarantee their freedom of judgment, they may not receive any instructions from the Company's Executive Management and cannot be removed. Their term of office is four years and is renewable.

The role of the Ethics Committee is to make recommendations regarding Veolia Environnement's fundamental values. It also ensures that everyone has access to the Ethics Guide. Any employee may refer any matter that concerns professional ethics to the Ethics Committee, which may also deal with such matters on its own initiative. It may undertake “ethics visits” to the Group's operating sites. The goal of this approach is particularly to assess, through individual interviews with a cross-section of employees who are as representative as possible of the operating site in question, the degree of ethical maturity of employees, their knowledge of the Group's values, the ethical problems that they may encounter and the training that they receive from their hierarchy or provide for their employees on the topic.

Any Group employee who believes there has been a failure to comply with the rules set forth in the Ethics Guide can refer the matter to the Ethics Committee. This whistle-blowing procedure can in particular be used when the employee considers that informing his or her supervising management could result in difficulties or when the employee is not satisfied by the response of the latter. Third parties, external service providers, suppliers, sub-contractors and customers of the Group can also refer any matters within its remit to the Ethics Committee. The committee is vested with the necessary authority to perform this role. On that basis, it is authorized to hear any Group employee, the auditors, and third parties. It can also request assistance from the Internal Audit Department or any other Company department or use the services of outside experts. In 2016, the Committee reported on its work during the previous year, as it does annually, to the Audit and Accounts Committee and the Executive Committee.

Financial Security Act

Veolia is listed on the Euronext Paris regulated market, Veolia Environnement complies to the law and regulations in force.

Veolia has an Internal Audit Department and an Internal Control Department. It also implements a risk-mapping system and action plans coordinated by the Risk Management Department.