EuropeanPWN Paris Advisory Board

EuropeanPWN is supported by a selected group of very senior women who have “made a difference” by promoting best practices for women’s professional advancement or breaking barriers to women’s careers. Meet these fabulous role models below.


ANNE BOUVEROT: DIRECTOR GENERAL AND BOARD MEMBER, GSMA

Anne Bouverot was recently named head of the GSM Association, which supports the interests of 800 mobile phone operators and handset makers in over 200 countries. She is a long-time member and supporter of EuropeanPWN and a tireless proponent of women’s professional advancement.

Before joining the GSMA, Anne was Executive Vice President for Mobile Services at France Telecom Orange. In that role, she defined the strategic priorities and led transformation programmes for the mobile business. Anne also led a 600-person business unit at Equant and was responsible for developing IT services for Equant’s multinational business customers.

Anne holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and an M.S. degree from Telecom Paris. She serves as a non-executive director of Groupama, a major French insurance company, and Edenred, the world leader in prepaid corporate services.


AGNES TOURAINE: FOUNDER, ACTIII CONSULTANTS AND ACT3 GAMING; FORMER CHAIRWOMAN AND CEO, VIVENDI-UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING

With nearly 25 years’ experience in the publishing industry, Agnès Touraine is one of France‘s pioneering women leaders. In a publishing industry where women account for 80% of employees but men still hold most management positions, Agnès Touraine has been instrumental in grooming a whole new generation of women for leadership.

Agnès served as CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing until 2003 after building the multimedia business from scratch with the creation of Liris Interactive, which later became Havas Interactive. She was previously VP Strategy at Hachette after an initial experience with McKinsey.

She holds a degree in political science from Sciences Po and an MBA from Columbia University. She is Venture Partner for JVP and was previously on the boards of Liberation and Cable & Wireless.


YSEULYS COSTES: FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, 1000MERCIS

1000mercis is France’s leading e-mail and mobile consulting and interactive marketing agency. Yseulys is one of the country’s first generation of Internet entrepreneurs: she “discovered” the Internet in 1995 while studying for her MBA. Yseulys has pioneered research in Interactive Marketing, teaching at HEC, ESSEC, Dauphine and Harvard Business School.

1000mercis has offices in London and Paris, working for prestigious clients such as easyJet, BNPParibas and Canal+. The Company was recently on the Paris Alternext stock exchange in 2006. Yseulys is also a board member of the PPR Group.


BARBARA DALIBARD: CEO SNCF VOYAGES

As CEO of SNCF Voyages, Barbara’s remit covers the SNCF’s high speed and long distance brands: TGV, Eurostar, Thalys, IDTGV and many more. She is also President of voyages-sncf.com. She is a member of the executive board of SNCF.

Prior to SNCF, Barbara has been one of the key actors in the profound transformations of the Telecoms industry through her successive leadership positions with France Telecom, Orange, Equant (later rebranded as Orange Business Services) and Alcatel.

Barbara Dalibard is a mathematician with degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the prestigious “agrégation” in mathematics and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications. She is a member of the supervisory board of Michelin and of the board of Wolters Kluwer (NV).


MARTHA HEITZMANN: DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, AREVA

At Areva, Martha leads a major research organisation with an annual budget of 500M€. She has a key role in shaping the future of France (and Europe’s) nuclear industry.

She was previously Director of Research at Air Liquide. She was head of the OECD division for Performance and Environmental Information, after several positions at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in the areas of environmental infrastructure and technology.

Martha holds a doctorate in environmental engineering and chemistry from Harvard University and an MBA from the College d’Ingénieurs. She is American with French citizenship.


BRIGITTE GRESY: INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Brigitte is a leading French specialist in professional equality between women and men. She authored the report of the “Commission on the Image of Women in the Media” and the 2009 French Ministry of Employment report on gender inequality in the workplace. Her book, “Petit Traité contre le Sexisme Ordinaire”, highlights the imbalance that persists in France between men and women in the professional and private spheres. She is a member of France’s “Observatoire de la Parité entre les Hommes et les Femmes”.

During her career as a senior civil servant and in Ministerial cabinets, she has contributed to legislative reform and worked with all the actors for gender equality: researchers, NGOs, unions and politicians.

Brigitte holds the “agrégation” in grammar and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).


SARA RAVELLA: MANAGING DIRECTOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, L’ORÉAL

Sara Ravella joined L’Oréal in September 2010 and took over as Managing Director for Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs in January 2011. She was previously Director of Communications and member of the Executive Committee of Lafarge, after serving five years as Director of the group’s organisation, training and development within Human Resources.

An economist by training, Sara has worked at ST Microelectronics, Suez, Rhodia and the United Nations in positions covering strategy, change management, human resources and organisational development.

Sara holds a degree in economics from Bocconi University. She is Italian with French citizenship.


VIVIANE DE BEAUFORT: PROFESSOR OF LAW, ESSEC BUSINESS SCHOOL

Viviane de Beaufort is a leading academic for European business law and governance. She is a professor at ESSEC, co-director of the European Centre for Law and the Economy and co-director of the law degree course at ESSEC.

She is active in several think tanks pertaining to European law and governance. Viviane de Beaufort is also actively involved in the promotion of women to positions of leadership. She created ESSEC’s study course for women entrepreneurs and the Women Be European Board Ready programme.

Viviane holds a doctorate in law from Paris I Sorbonne and a Master in Political Science from Paris X.


VERONIQUE BOUREZ: PRESIDENT, COCA-COLA FRANCE

Véronique Bourez has been President of Coca-Cola France since September 2010. She joined the Coca-Cola Company in June 2005 as Marketing Director for France. She has led several marketing innovations: Coca-Cola Zero, Vitaminwater and Fanta Still with Stevia, the first beverage in France manufactured with this new natural sweetener. Prior to Coca-Cola France, Véronique spent 17 years in marketing and business development at Danone.

Véronique has been active in EuropeanPWN, serving on the Paris Board and authoring “Women on Boards” in 2008. Through Coca-Cola, she is an active sponsor of the La Tribune Women’s Awards and “Femmes en Or”.

Véronique is a graduate of ESSEC Business School.


MARIE-CLAUDE PEYRACHE: FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FRANCE TELECOM; CO-FOUNDER, THE BOARD WOMEN PARTNERS INITIATIVE

Marie-Claude’s international career has taken her from Japan to Europe via Bombay. She has held numerous executive positions with France Télécom-Orange, including Director of Communications, Regional Director for Ile de France and Director of the Japanese subsidiary.

She is a pioneer in promoting women’s professional advancement in France. She initiated France Télécom’s internal women’s network and mentoring programme and is a founding member of “InterElles”, the association of women’s networks in large technology firms. Marie-Claude was President of EuropeanPWN in Paris from 2005 to 2009 and served on the European Federation board.

She has co-authored or prefaced several books in the EuropeanPWN Women@work series, including “Alice in Business Land”, “Networking, the New Ariane’s Thread” and “Mentoring, a Powerful tool for Women”.

Marie-Claude holds a degree in economics from Grenoble University and an MBA from McGill University.


MARGARET MILAN: FOUNDER, OXYBUL EVEIL & JEUX; PAST PRESIDENT, EUROPEANPWN

Margaret founded Oxybul éveil & jeux after eight years in the corporate world with Procter & Gamble. She led the company through strong growth before selling the brand to PPR/Fnac in 2001. She returned in 2006 to pilot the company through the ongoing multi-channel revolution, merge its retail and Internet activities and accompany its sale to the new owner, ID Group.

Margaret has actively supported the promotion of women’s careers and entrepreneurship through EuropeanPWN, first as initiator of the Think Tank and Vice President of the Paris network, then as President of the European network. She co-authored “Women, Careers and Competitive Advantage in the New Millennium” in the EuropeanPWN Women@Work series.

Margaret holds a degree in engineering from Warwick University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is British and has lived in France for over 30 years.


AVIVAH WITTENBERG-COX: CEO, 20-FIRST; FOUNDER AND PAST PRESIDENT, EUROPEANPWN

Avivah is one of today’s leading worldwide experts in helping companies diversify their leadership teams. 20-first’s network of international experts work with CEOs, executive committees and managers to build 21st-century ‘gender-bilingual’ organisations.

Avivah is Publisher of the global gender portal www.20-first.com and co-author of “Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution”. She has spoken about leadership and gender issues across Europe and the world and has had articles, reviews and interviews published in publications such as the International Herald Tribune, the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times.

Avivah is the Founder and Honorary President of the European Professional Women’s Network. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto, an MBA from INSEAD and completed the Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard University. Avivah has Canadian, French and Swiss nationalities.


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