Executive Management

Pierre-François Thaler

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Pierre-François brings 15 years experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations. He was previously CEO of B2Build SA the 1st 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 area. Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supelec and a MBA from Insead.

Frédéric Trinel

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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

Sylvain Guyoton

Vice President

Research

Sylvain brings 12 years of experience in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and 8 years in Supply Chain. In 2003, Sylvain joined Vigeo, the leading European social rating agency, as head of research operations. Prior to this, Sylvain spent 8 years mainly at KPMG reorganizing Supply Chain operations of multinationals in USA and Asia. Sylvain holds an engineering degree from UTC, an MSc in Industrial Management from Cranfield University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Wim Peeters

Vice President

Business Development

Wim Peeters has been active in Finance and International business development roles at large multinational organizations for over 20 years. Wim held several Finance and product management roles at Air Products, and Oracle. Wim later helped start up Ariba in Belux, France and Spain after which he took on the role of Regional director Northern Europe, EEMEA, and Asia Pacific. Wim holds a Master’s degree in International Politics and Economics of HU Brussels and a MBA of Catholic University of Leuven.

Richard Bourne

Supplier Engagement Director

Joining EcoVadis from the outset, I have set up the backbone of support and the onboarding process for companies under assessment. Having onboarded more than 25,000 suppliers, my mission is simple: keep the EcoVadis community growing and create ongoing value for companies being assessed and continually monitored on their sustainability performance. I have previously worked for various ventures in UK and French markets: in sales, business development. I continue to manage employees from culturally diverse backgrounds which is a key part of success of the company.

Valerie Touchon

Client Success Director

Valerie brings more than 20 years of international experience in Sales development and management, encompassing sectors such as IT (equipment, services, financing, consulting), executive search and now sustainable development.
Valerie is passionate about people and innovation that helps improving people’s life.
She holds a Master degree in Management from Toulouse Business School.

Hamza Sibai

IT Director

Since he’s joined Ecovadis in 2008, Hamza has held a variety of IT positions, including Technical Leader, Project & Team Manager. Hamza has been and still is the main responsible in building the EcoVadis IT team, and has been significantly involved in designing and developing the EcoVadis IT platform.

Prior to joining Ecovadis, Hamza has served as Technical Leader in an international CTI solution integrator.

Hamza holds an Engineering degree in Software Development and a Master’s degree in systems and networks.

David McClintock

Marketing Director

David has a strong passion for bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use. Before joining EcoVadis in 2014, David was co-founder and CMO at Xform Computing, a cloud computing and mobile apps startup. Prior to that he was VP Marketing at Cogi.com, and Director of Product Management at Callwave, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALL), both in VoIP-related technology and services. David holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Sameer Bahadoor

Production Manager and Senior CSR Analyst

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 5 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.

Scientific Committee

The EcoVadis international Scientific Committee, bringing together CSR and Supply Chain experts, is instrumental in helping EcoVadis make the right choices in our methodology and governance.

Professor Van Wassenhove

Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre

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

Farid Yaker

Farid Yaker is in charge of sustainable public procurement (SPP) at UN Environment, Economy division, Paris. He is also the Coordinator of the 10YFP Public Procurement Programme and oversees the implementation of two ground projects aimed at assisting 16 countries in the implementation of SPP. Mr Yaker taught Agricultural economics at the University of Blida, Algeria from 1988 to 1990 before joining the international NGO Enda (Environmental development action) after the Rio summit that he attended in 1992. After managing an international programme on the promotion of participatory approaches in the field of urban environment from 1994 to 1999, Mr Yaker took the direction of the European office of Enda, from 2000 to 2007, before joining UNEP in 2008. Mr Yaker holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis, USA.

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. Andrew’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), Andrew provides a practical and optimistic roadmap for building resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world.

Uwe Schulte

Uwe is a chemist by training. His career at Unilever spanned 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 UK, Brazil and Switzerland. For two years, he managed the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre as executive director. Current focus is 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.

John Elkington

Founder & Director SustainAbility

Founding Partner & Director Volans Ventures

John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a change agency, that aims to stretch leaders – towards “Breakthrough”; that is, to look beyond incremental change towards systemic challenges. John is leading a 2-year program in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) focusing on the market opportunities around exponential sustainability, titled Project Breakthrough. John 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 John’s 1997 “Cannibals with Forks”, where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept. John published The Stretch Agenda in 2015 – a dramatisation 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.

Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel

Board Member

Global Reporting Initiative

Jacqueline has promoted environment for 30 years in government and international organizations. Former Assistant executive Director and Director Division of Industry, technology and Industry, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where, in particular, she has been developing the Sustainable Consumption and Production programme. She has been a co-founder of the GRI, and sat on its board for a number of years. She now sits on a number of boards and advisory committees. Jacqueline held senior positions in French Ministry for the Environment. Degrees in chemistry and pharmacology; MBA from INSEAD.

Rosey Hurst

Rosey 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. Hurst has led many innovations in ethical trade, founding Sedex and the Local Resources Network, pioneering and normalising 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 techniques derived from social psychology to re-humanise relations in the workplace.

Dr. Monsou Tantawy

Dr Monsou Tantawy is Vice-President Oxfam France, in charge of international relations. She is also President of Unicef Paris. She was previously director with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Dr Monsou Tantawy was previously VP of Operational Efficiency for Unilever, following a career with Danone and Nabisco. She was EFQM Lead Assessor and Chairman of EFQM Executive Committee.

Board of Directors

Pierre-François Thaler

Co-Founder, Co-CEO, EcoVadis

Frédéric Trinel

Co-Founder, Co-CEO, EcoVadis

Omri Benayoun

General Partner, Partech Ventures

Alexis Renard

CEO, Mailjet

Equity partners

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.

EcoVadis is very pleased to be partnering with Partech, who have invested €30m in EcoVadis from their Growth Fund, We look forward to leveraging their advice and network help us to advance the reliability and value delivered in our ratings, and to further invest in core technologies of our platform, through in-house R&D and partnerships with best-of-breed tech start-ups, to expand our leadership in global supply chain sustainability ratings.

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