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Leadership Team

Pierre-François Thaler

Pierre-François brings 15 years of experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations. He was previously CEO of B2Build SA, the first B2B marketplace for the European construction industry. Prior to joining EcoVadis, he was a director of Ariba Procurement BPO business. He’s a  frequent lecturer on Sustainable Procurement and the author of multiple studies in this field. Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supélec and a MBA from INSEAD.

Pierre-François Thaler

Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Frédéric Trinel

Frédéric is an international Entrepreneur, founder of four companies, all active today, in Asia, Eastern Europe and the UK, operating in Global Trade, Software, and Human Resources. Frédéric’s last venture was Mr. Ted Ltd, where he was the COO, in charge of Technology & Operations.

Frédéric Trinel

Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Chao Lam

As both a corporate executive and strategic advisor, Chao brings over 15 years of experience in Finance to EcoVadis. He previously spent more than a decade in Investment Banking in London and New York, leading the execution of equity and debt offerings, M&A transactions, and strategic advisory engagements in the Retail and Consumer sector. He then served as Chief Executive Officer at Oscaro.com and Isabel Marant, in Paris, spearheading profitable growth plans and conducting data-driven operational changes. Chao holds a master’s degree in Finance from HEC Paris.

Chao Lam

Chief Financial Officer
Emily Rakowski

Emily brings over 20 years’ experience in high-tech marketing and consulting to EcoVadis. She previously spent many years in global marketing and demand management roles with both SAP and Ariba. She has also worked with Ellucian, A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions, Creative Good, and A.T. Kearney, managing marketing functions and consulting engagements for clients in technology, banking and energy. Emily holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Emily Rakowski

Chief Marketing Officer
Sylvain Guyoton

Sylvain Guyoton is Senior Vice-President of Research at EcoVadis since its founding in 2007. He brings almost 20 years of experience in Sustainability and CSR. At EcoVadis, he oversees rating operations and methodology development, and sits on the Executive Committee. Sylvain holds an M.S. in Industrial Management from Cranfield University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Sylvain Guyoton

Senior Vice President
Research
Wim Peeters

Wim has over 20 years’ experience in various finance and international business development roles at large multinational organizations, including Air Products and Oracle. He helped launch Ariba in the Benelux countries, France and Spain and then took on the role of regional director for Northern Europe, EEMEA and Asia Pacific. Wim holds an M.S. in International Politics and Economics from HU Brussels and an MBA from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Wim Peeters

Vice President
Business Development
Valerie Touchon

Valerie has more than 20 years of international experience in sales development and management across sectors such as IT — specifically, equipment, services, financing and consulting, executive search and, more recently, sustainable development. She holds an M.S. in Management from Toulouse Business School. Valerie is passionate about people and innovation that helps improve people’s lives.

Valerie Touchon

Vice President Customer Success
Richard Bourne

Having worked for various ventures in the U.K. and France in sales and business management roles, Richard joined EcoVadis almost from the outset. He set up the backbone of support and the onboarding process for companies under assessment. With more than 25,000 suppliers that Richard brought on board, his mission was simple: He wanted–and wants– to continue to grow the EcoVadis community and create ongoing value for companies that are assessed and monitored on their sustainability performance.

Richard Bourne

Engagement Services Director
Sameer Bahadoor

Production Manager of EcoVadis (Mauritius) Ltd since May 2011. Prior to joining EcoVadis, Sameer worked as Senior Quality Executive and Team Leader at Thomson Reuters (ex Asset IV Ltd) for more than five years. Sameer holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and Management (Maîtrise en Economie et Gestion de L’entreprise) from the Pôle Européen de Gestion et d’Economie based in Strasbourg, France.

Sameer Bahadoor

Production Manager and Senior CSR Analyst
Pierre-François Thaler

Pierre-François brings 15 years of experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations. He was previously CEO of B2Build SA, the first B2B marketplace for the European construction industry. Prior to joining EcoVadis, he was a director of Ariba Procurement BPO business. He’s a  frequent lecturer on Sustainable Procurement and the author of multiple studies in this field. Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supélec and a MBA from INSEAD.

Pierre-François Thaler

Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Frédéric Trinel

Frédéric is an international entrepreneur, founder of 4 companies, all active today, in Asia, Eastern Europe & UK operating in Global Trade, Software & Human Resources area. Frédéric’s last venture was Mr. Ted Ltd, where he was COO in charge of Technology & Operations.

Frédéric Trinel

Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Omri Benayoun

Omri Benayoun is a General Partner at Partech Partners.

Before joining Partech, Omri had senior executive positions at worldwide retail leader Casino Group: he joined the executive committee in 2010 as EVP Corporate Planning and Strategy, and, in 2012, he was promoted to Deputy CEO at Cdiscount.com, the #3 eCommerce player in Europe and #1 in France. Omri also worked for Dassault Systemes, where he led the corporate development department for the worldwide leader in Product Lifecycle Management software from 2007 to 2010. He started his career, from 2002 to 2007, as a high-level civil servant in the Ministry of Economy, where he implemented government programs for start-ups and SMEs. Omri holds a Master’s Degree in Sciences from the “École Polytechnique,” graduating summa cum laude, and is an alumnus of the elite post graduate “Corps des Mines” program.

Strategy, Corporate finance, Alliances, M&A, eCommerce, Big data, B2B Software, Online Marketing, Software architecture and development.

Omri Benayoun

General Partner, Partech Ventures
Aaron Dupuis

Aaron Dupuis, Partner, joined CVC in 2014. Aaron is a member of the CVC Growth Partners team and is based in New York. Prior to joining CVC, he was a principal at Serent Capital, where he led the firm’s business and tech-enabled services efforts. Aaron received a BA cum laude in economics from Williams College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Aaron Dupuis

Partner, CVC
John Clark

John Clark, Managing Partner and CEO of CVC Growth Partners investment advisory, joined CVC in 2014 and is based in New York.

Prior to joining CVC, John worked at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe serving as a general partner for the Information & Business Services group and as a member of the management committee.

John holds a AB degree in computer science from Princeton University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

John Clark

Managing Partner and CEO, CVC Growth Partners
Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel

Ms. de Larderel has promoted the environment for 30 years in government and international organizations. She is former assistant executive director and director at UN Environment’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, where she was involved in the Sustainable Consumption and Production Programme. A co-founder of the Global Reporting Initiative, she spent many years as its board member and now sits on a number of other boards and advisory committees. Ms. de Larderel has also held senior positions in the French Environment Ministry. She holds degrees in chemistry and pharmacology along with an MBA from INSEAD.

Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel

Board Member, Global Reporting Initiative
Patrick d’Humieres

Currently Director of the l’Académie Durable Internationale, expert in corporate and social relations, and specialist in CSR and sustainable development management, Patrick d’Humières has been involved in major national and international initiatives since their inception, such as Global Compact, IIRC, and ISO 26000. A graduate of Sciences-Po, Mr. d’Humières is Director of “Master Class 21,” teaches at Sciences Po and HEC, and leads the Campus Durable de Casablanca and the community of responsible managers (MR21). He is also the author of multiple publications on responsible business, the most recent “La Nature Politique de l’entrepreneur,” and remains deeply committed to supporting the Loi Pacte, and coordinates “le Lab raison d’Etre”.

Patrick d’Humieres

Director of the l’Académie Durable Internationale
Luk Van Wassenhove

Professor Luk Van Wassenhove has a unique combination of CSR and supply chain expertise. His research and teachings are concerned with operational excellence, supply chain management, quality, continual improvement and learning. He is Henry Ford Chaired Professor of Manufacturing and the Academic Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. Professor Van Wassenhove’s recent research focus is on closed-loop supply chains (product take-back and end-of-life issues) and disaster management (humanitarian logistics).

Luk Van Wassenhove

Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre
Rosey Hurst

Ms. Hurst founded Impactt in 1997 with the mission of improving the performance of international supply chains in bringing benefits to workers. At Impactt, she has used her experience of the developing world and the corporate and NGO sectors to innovate a wide range of tools, solutions and services to make a positive impact on workers in supply chains. Ms. Hurst has led many innovations in ethical trade, founding Sedex and the Local Resources Network, pioneering and normalizing the use of participatory techniques in China, devising and rolling out the Benefits for Business and Workers Programme in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, working with Awaj Foundation on building workers’ negotiation capability, and using social psychology principles to re-humanise relations in the workplace.

Rosey Hurst

Founder and Director, Impactt Limited
Farid Yaker

Farid Yaker is in charge of sustainable public procurement at the Economy Division of UN Environment in Paris, where he’s worked since 2008. He is also coordinator of the 10YFP Public Procurement Programme and oversees the execution of two ground projects aimed at assisting 16 countries in the implementation of sustainable public procurement. Mr. Yaker taught Agricultural economics at the University of Blida, Algeria from 1988 to 1990 and joined ENDA – Environment and Development Action, an international NGO, following the agency’s Rio summit he had attended in 1992. There, he managed an international program on the promotion of participatory approaches in urban environment from 1994 to 1999 and then moved to ENDA’s European office, where he worked until 2007. Mr. Yaker holds an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California.

Farid Yaker

Programme Officer at UN
Brigitte Monsou Tantawy

Dr. Monsou Tantawy is Vice President of Oxfam in France, where she’s in charge of international relations, and President of Unicef Paris. She previously worked as a director with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and as Vice President of Operational Efficiency for Unilever, following a career with Danone and Nabisco. Dr. Tantawy was EFQM lead assessor and chairman of the EFQM Executive Committee.

Brigitte Monsou Tantawy

Vice President of Oxfam
Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston is a globally-recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC and Unilever. Mr. Winston’s latest book, “The Big Pivot,” was selected as one of the “Best Business Books” by Strategy+Business Magazine. His first book “Green to Gold,” was the top-selling green business title of the last decade. Through his writing, consulting and speeches, including a TED talk, Mr. Winston provides a practical and optimistic roadmap for building resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world.

Andrew Winston

Author, Advisor & Speaker
Uwe Schulte

A chemist by training, Mr. Schulte spent a large part of his career at Unilever, where he held a number of different roles from product developer, production manager, plant manager, general manager Supply Chain, European Category supply director to vice president of Global Supply Management. He led up to 1500 employees, introducing a unified global procurement function. During his time at Unilever, he had postings in Germany, the U.K., Brazil and Switzerland. For two years, he managed the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre as executive director. Currently, he is mainly focused on sustainability and strategy as CEO and owner of Prosolvo GmbH and as director of the Conference Board Councils for CSR/sustainability, procurement leadership and responsible sourcing in Europe.

Uwe Schulte

Global Sustainability Centre Leader, The Conference Board
John Elkington

John Elkington is a writer, thinker,  entrepreneur and “advisor from the future.” He is co-founder and executive chairman of Volans, a change agency which aims to introduce leaders to “Breakthrough;” in other words, to encourage them to look beyond incremental change toward systemic challenges. Mr. Elkington is leading a two-year program in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact focusing on the market opportunities around exponential sustainability, titled Project Breakthrough. He is also honorary chairman of SustainAbility and sits on an A-Z of some 30 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled “The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line” comes full circle from Mr. Elkington’s 1997 “Cannibals with Forks,” where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept. In 2015, Mr. Elkington published “The Stretch Agenda,” a dramatization spotlighting top team dynamics and conversations in the fictional boardroom of a major global company and their exploration of the opportunity spaces in the coming decade.

John Elkington

Founding Partner & Director Volans Ventures

CVC Capital Partners

CVC is a leading private equity and investment advisory firm. Founded in 1981, CVC today has a network of 24 offices and over 550 employees throughout Europe, Asia and the US.

To date, CVC has secured commitments of over US$134 billion from some of the world’s leading institutional investors across its private equity and credit strategies.

In total, CVC currently manages approximately US$82 billion of assets. Today, funds managed or advised by CVC are invested in 83 companies worldwide, employing over 350,000 people in numerous countries.

Together, these companies have combined annual sales of approximately US$77 billion. For further information about CVC please visit: www.cvc.com. 

About CVC Growth Partners

In 2020, CVC Growth Partners invested €200m in EcoVadis.

Launched in 2014, CVC Growth Partners is the growth-oriented middle-market technology investment arm of CVC Capital Partners. CVC Growth Partners primarily targets equity investments between $50 million and $250 million in North America and Europe and manages over US$2.5 billion in assets across two dedicated funds. For further information about CVC Growth Partners please visit: www.cvc.com/growth.

Partech Ventures

Partech Ventures

Founded in 1982 in Silicon Valley, Partech Ventures is a global investment firm with a team spread across offices in San Francisco, Paris and Berlin. Most Partners have been entrepreneurs themselves or have held management positions within tech companies. The partnership acts and invests as a single team, helping entrepreneurs build fast-growing tech and digital companies, addressing large markets across multiple continents.

Partech invested €30m in EcoVadis in 2016, and maintain a partial investment stake after the CVC round in 2020.