After 30 years in management and consulting, Hélène now focuses exclusively on the Foundation, launched by the Vareille family in 2014 after long and careful thought. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Fondation Royaumont.
After beginning her career at DuPont de Nemours, Hélène Vareille joined the Vallourec group in 1982, serving in a variety of positions and ultimately becoming Managing Director and CEO of Valtimet, an international Vallourec affiliate operating primarily in the power-generation equipment market in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
In 2000 she joined Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), moving to the strategic intelligence firm ESL in 2003, and finally to the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, where she worked from 2007 to 2012.
Hélène is a graduate of École Supérieure en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and Institut des Hautes Études de l’Entreprise (IHEE).
Pierre joined his wife Hélène in establishing the Foundation, and project selection is extremely important to him. He brings to the Board his recognized experience as a corporate executive, his extensive network and his unwavering focus on performance and proven results.
Pierre is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of BIC SA and continues to serve on the boards of various privately and publicly held companies in Europe and North America.
He began his career at Vallourec, where he rose to a variety of executive positions in the group’s subsidiaries. He then moved to GFI Aerospace, serving as Chief Executive Officer and later Chairman, and subsequently joined Faurecia as CEO of its exhaust systems business and as a member of its executive committee. From 2002 to 2004, he worked at Pechiney, serving as an executive committee member, head of the aluminum conversion sector and Chairman of Pechiney Rhenalu. From 2004 to 2007, Pierre was Group Chief Executive of Wagon Automotive, a British auto parts corporation traded on the London Stock Exchange. He then moved to FCI, the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of connectors, with industrial sites in 20 countries, and later became Chief Executive Officer of Constellium, a world-class aluminum company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He served in that position until 2017.
An alumnus of Sciences Po Paris, Pierre is a graduate of École Centrale de Paris and holds a degree in economics and finance from the Sorbonne.