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 Supélec 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

Senior Vice President


Sylvain brings to EcoVadis 12 years’ CSR experience along with eight years in supply chain, mostly at KPMG working with multinationals in the U.S. and Asia. In 2003, Sylvain joined Vigeo, a leading European social rating agency, as head of research operations. He holds an engineering degree from UTC, an M.S. in Industrial Management from Cranfield University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Wim Peeters

Vice President

Business Development

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.

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.

Emily Rakowski

Chief Marketing Officer

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 the high technology, banking and energy industries. Emily holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Richard Bourne

Engagement Services Director

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 is simple: He wants to continue to grow the EcoVadis community and create ongoing value for companies that are assessed and monitored on their sustainability performance.

Sophie Panijel

Global HR Director

Sophie brings to EcoVadis a unique combination of expertise: operational & strategic HRD experience with a more than 10 year background in sales and negotiation, particularly at Procter & Gamble. She has successfully led transformation and change management projects as well as talent and organizational development programs in complex environments. Sophie holds a M.S. in Business from EM Lyon, a Masters Degree in HR from Burgundy University and a certificate in Leadership and Organizational Development from New York University.

Valerie Touchon

VP Customer Success

Valerie has more than 20 years’ international experience in sales development and management across sectors such 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 which helps improve people’s lives.

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.

Patrick d’Humieres

Director of the l’Académie Durable Internationale

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”, he 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”.

Luk Van Wassenhove

Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre

Professor Luk Van Wassenhove has 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 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).

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. He managed there 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.

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.

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.

John Elkington

Founder & Director SustainAbility

Founding Partner & Director Volans Ventures

John Elkington is a writer, thinker, an 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.

Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel

Board Member

Global Reporting Initiative

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.

Rosey Hurst

Founder and Director


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, devizing 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-humanize relations in the workplace.

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 director with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, 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.

Board of Directors

Pierre-François Thaler

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Frédéric Trinel

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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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