Board of Directors


The Company is managed by a Board of Directors, chaired by Philippe Mellier, which determines the business strategy of Solocal and supervises its execution by the management team. Without prejudice to the powers expressly reserved by law to the Shareholders’ General Meetings and within the scope of Solocal's corporate purpose, the Board of Directors may address any concern that may have an impact on the Company’s business activity and decide any matters within its remit. It also expresses its opinion on all major decisions in relation to the Company’s strategy, business development, human resources, finance and technology.


Corporate Governance

Solocal Group embraces the principles of corporate governance of listed companies set out in the AFEP-MEDEF Corporate Governance Code.

On November 5, 2014, the Board of Directors decided to separate the functions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in order to comply with the "best practice" in corporate governance. The Board of Directors chose, during the change in governance that took place in 2017, to maintain this separation of functions. This choice of governance is explained in particular by the Company's desire to make a clear distinction between, on the one hand, the strategic orientation and control functions which are the responsibility of the Board of Directors, and, on the other hand, the operational and executive functions which fall under the competence of the Chief Executive Officer. This form of governance also allows the Group to benefit from the complementary experiences and skills of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In a financial restructuring context of the Company and due to the departure of Mr. Eric Boustouller from his functions of Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors decided on August 28, 2020 to temporarily combine  the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company Solocal Group and to appoint Mr. Pierre Danon as Chairman and CEO as of October 5, 2020, so that the company can benefit from its skills and expertise during the transitional period of seeking a new CEO.

Following a selection process launched and managed by the Compensation and Nominations Committee, the Board of Directors of Solocal decided on January 8, 2021 to appoint Hervé Milcent Chief Executive Officer of Solocal as of April 6, 2021. From that date, Solocal regained separate governance.

9 Board members + 1 non-voting member, including an employee representative, 1 non-independant Board member (CEO), 2 shareholders Board members
and 5 independant Board members
A renewal
of the Board of Directors
since the General Meeting
of November 27th, 2020.
with high experience
and expertise
in the digital sector. 
and complementary skills. 
24 Board meetings in 2020
with an average
participation rate of 97%
The main activities
of the Board have been :
evolution of the governance,
restructuring monitoring,
results and business evaluation,
new strategy and ESG. 
50% women

Structure & gouvernance

Philippe Mellier, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Philippe Mellier has been the CEO of Fraikin since 2018 and has led an impactful transformation of the leading industrial & commercial vehicles leasing company in Europe by restoring profitability and growing added value services notably in the digital and telematics space. In 2020, Philippe Mellier strengthened Fraikin's leadership in Europe with the acquisition of Via Location. Philippe has a strong governance experience and is currently Board Member of Groupe Réel (ETI in the Lyonnaise region).

Philippe Mellier graduated from ENSTA and INSEAD. He started his career at Ford where he ended up as Vice President Marketing, Sales and Services for Ford of Europe. He became the Chairman and CEO of Renault Trucks in 2000. In 2003, Philippe joined Alstom. As Executive Vice President of Alstom and President of Alstom Transport, he played a key role in the turnaround of the Group until 2011. He then joined De Beers as Group CEO until 2016 and transformed the diamond giant in order to face rapid market transformation and focus on customer centricity

David Amar, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr David Amar, 36 years old, has joined the Family Office Amar in 2009 and has taken over its management in 2013. He is specialised in long term investment in listed companies, in wine properties and wine-trading companies, in hotel property management and property development. He is also a Director of the investment fund Matignon Investissement et Gestion (Private Equity). From 2006 to 2009, he was in charge of wealth management in various major Swiss banking institutions. He received an MBA in Geneva in 2006.

Delphine Grison, independant Board member

Ms. Delphine Grison, is Chairman of DGTL Conseil, a company through which she carries out advisory missions. Delphine Grison is also a director and member of the audit committee of ADL performance. She was Marketing and Data Intelligence Director of CBRE France between 2015 and 2020, after having worked for more than 10 years in the media, with successively finance, strategy, marketing and digital functions. She notably managed the digital activities of Lagardère Active Digital until 2013 as Chairman of Lagardère Active Digital and member of the Management Board of Lagardère Active. She was also administrator of Asmodée between 2014 and 2018. Delphine Grison is a former student of ENS (1987), doctor in quantum physics (1992) and engineer of Ponts et Chaussées (1994).

Anne-France Laclide, independant Board member

Anne France Laclide-Drouin currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Committee of the Consolis group since November 2017. Before that, she was Administrative and Financial Director (CFO) of the Idemia group (formerly Oberthur Technologies) and of various companies such as Elis, GrandVision, AS Watson (Marionnaud) and Guilbert. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She sits as an independent director on the Board of Directors of CGG (a global geosciences group that works on behalf of the energy industry - turnover of 1.193 billion). She is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the same company. She held the same positions, independent director on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, within SFR. Anne France Laclide-Drouin supports the Clubhouse Association, a non-profit association that supports people with mental disorders and helps them integrate into society.

Marie-Christine Levet, independant Board member

Graduated from HEC in 1988 and from INSEAD in 1994, Marie-Christine Levet managed several major brands of the French Internet. In 1997, she founded Lycos. Then, from 2001 to 2007, she ran Club-Internet, a provider of Internet access, which she sold to Neuf Telecom / SFR. In 2008, she became General Manager of the Tests Group, a hi-tech information group, as well as Internet activities of the NextRadioTV group. With her entrepreneurial experience, Marie-Christine turned to venture capital in 2010 to bring her experience to young entrepreneurs. She participated in the creation of Jaina Capital, one of the first investment funds specializing in early stage financing in France, where she invested in companies like,, devialet, La ruche qui dit oui. In October 2017, Marie-Christine Levet creates Educapital, the leading European private equity fund dedicated to the Education, Training and Digital Transition sectors. She is also board member of Iliad, Econocom, Maisons du Monde and AFP, and was formerly a Director of the Google Fund for Media Innovation (FINP) from 2013 to 2016.

Catherine Robaglia, employee representative

Catherine Robaglia is a graduate engineer from IMAC. She first worked at Bossard Gemini Consulting as a consultant in organization and information systems for 7 years. In 1999, she joined the IT department of  PagesJaunes and took an active part in the information system renovation projects. In 2004, she joined the new DOSQ (Department of Organization, Strategy and Quality) as Head of the Organization and thus accompanied the transformation projects [following the IPO and the Group’ s change of shareholding] and in particular the implementation of processes. In 2008, she was appointed Head of Internal Audit, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Audit Committee. She was also appointed Head of Internal Audit, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Audit Committee, where she audited all of the Company’s subsidiaries and major processes on behalf of the Board of Directors. Catherine currently serves as Project Director within the Customer Operations Department, and together with her teams, she manages the operationalization of the VSE/SME and key account offers in the areas of Delivery (Production) and Customer Relationship Management.

Sophie Sursock, independant Board member

Sophie Sursock is Co-founder and Partner at Move Capital, an investment company specializing in the Tech BtoB sector. She is also the Co-founder and Shareholder of Accelero Capital, an investment and management group focused on TMT (Telecommunications, Media, Technologies) sector. She has has executed various transactions in the technology and media sector. In particular, she has been involved in the restructuring of Seat Pagine Gialle S.p.A and serves on the Board of Directors of Euronews, Supernap International and Subfero Limited. Previously, she was a Corporate Finance Manager at Orascom Telecom Holding SAE / Weather Investments from 2007 to 2011. She also worked in the M&A Operations Department of the corporate finance department of Deloitte in Paris from 2005 to 2007, was Junior Project Manager at PrimeCorp Finance SA and Junior Investment Manager at Axa Investment. Mrs. Sophie Sursock has a Bachelor in Business Administration,  and a MSc in International Business from ESCP-EAP Paris Business School and a Certificate in the Management of Technology.

David Eckert, Board Member

David Eckert has led many companies in various sectos. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Yellow Pages Limited (Canada). Previousy, he was Chairman and Director of the Hibu Group and has served on the Board of Directors of X-Rite, Inc. of Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., of Clean Harbors, Inc. of Italiaonline SpA and by Yellow Pages Limited (Canada). In the early 1980s, David was a Vice President and Partner at Bain & Company. During his career, he has served and chaired on the Boards of directors of many companies He is an economics and engineering graduate of Northwestern University and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Paul Russo, Board Member

Paul Russo has been a Board member of Yellow Pages (Canada) since 2017, where he chairs the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee.  Paul Russo previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Color Nurseries and as Executive Vice-President of Business Devlopment of the Hibu Goup. Paul began his post-MBA career as a Partner at Bain and Company, where he specialized in helping large US, Canadian, and European companies improve their competitive position and financial results. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from The Harvard Business School. Prior to graduate school, he began his career at Arthur Young and Company and achieved CPA certification.

Audit Committee

  • Anne-France Laclide (Presidente)
  • Sophie Sursock
  • Paul Russo

  • Delphine Grison (President)
  • Marie-Christine Levet
  • David Eckert
Customer satisfaction committee

  • David Amar
  • Catherine Robaglia
Hervé Milcent
Chief Executive Officer
Hervé Milcent
Chief Executive Officer
With a master degree in Business Law, Hervé Milcent began his career with the newly created Chronopost in the "operations" teams. He quickly became Director of Operations at Dynapost and then at Médiapost, where he launched and developed geomarketing and targeted distribution solutions, thus acquiring a great mastery of local communication issues. In 1998, Hervé Milcent joined the Arvato Group (Bertelsmann Group) as Managing Director in charge of operations for the Direct Marketing division, which became the French leader under his leadership. On the strength of this success, driven by the rich portfolio of services launched in France, including subscriptions, Hervé Milcent extended his responsibilities to Southern Europe, before being promoted to the Group's Executive Committee to steer the deployment of the "Group CRM Global" solution. In 2014, after more than 16 years within the Arvato Group dedicated to the development and deployment of enterprise services, Hervé Milcent is appointed CEO of the Lyreco Group. He will implement a category-based marketing strategy, reposition the Group's offering to accelerate growth and lead the overhaul of the technical and IT infrastructures essential to the company's "Phygital" transformation. In 2020, he joined the Teleperformance Group as Managing Director for France, Italy and Germany.
Eric Klipfel
Deputy CEO
Eric Klipfel
Deputy CEO
Eric KLIPFEL has a master's degree from the Fachhochschule Stuttgart. As a renowned Sales Management and Customer Relationship professional, Eric Klipfel has 20 years’ experience in taking up customer transformation and sales challenges in highly competitive B2C and B2B contexts, marked by regulatory and structural changes and changes in the economic climate (digitalisation of sales and customer relationship channels, competition, cost compliance). Whether in the telecom sector in 2000 as Executive Managing Director at SFR Numericable for 8 years or since 2018 with the global customer relationship leader Teleperformance Knowledge Services, he has successfully carried through numerous customer relationship projects (complaint reductions, anti-churn programmes, increase in customer bases) and is an expert in analytical/predictive models as applied to sales and customer issues (cross-sell, speech analytics, improved customer journeys, customer feedback management). On 9th July 2020, Eric Klipfel joined Solocal as Deputy Managing Director in charge of sales activities and customer operations. He took over the reins of the Key Accounts, VSE / SME Field, Telesales, Customer Success and Pilotage sales departments; and also the Customer Operations department.
Olivier Regnard
Chief Financial Officer
Olivier Regnard
Chief Financial Officer
Olivier Regnard, aged 42, joins Solocal as CFO. He will be in charge of Finance, Purchasing and Real Estate and will also head up Investor Relations. Before joining Solocal and after gaining experience with Mauna Kea Technologies (a MedTech company listed on Euronext), he had since the first quarter of 2018 been CFO of Europe Snacks (an agri-food company with annual revenues of €350 million, employing 2,100 people) where he played a noteworthy part in the company's external expansion. Between 2013 and 2017, Olivier Regnard was Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Latécoère (a first tier aeronautical contractor listed on Euronext, with annual revenues of €660 million and employing 5,000 people). He was in charge of the Financial, Legal and Purchasing departments. During this time, he made a considerable contribution to Latécoère's transformation plan. Prior to this experience, Olivier Regnard spent almost 15 years with Deloitte, in Auditing and Financial Advisory Services. During this period he had the opportunity to work in highly diverse business activities and environments in France and abroad. Olivier Regnard is a certified accountant and graduate of ESSEC.
Richard Cuif
Chief HR Officer
Richard Cuif
Chief HR Officer
Richard Cuif started his Human Resources career at Rank Xerox, Disney then Kraft Foods (Mondelez) before joining the PepsiCo group where he was appointed as Chief of Human Resources France in 1997. In this position, he went to the merge of Food Beverage activities. Then, he joined Schweppes France and as HR Director, participated in the acquisition of Orangina and the creation of Orangina Schweppes by managing the merger of the 2 companies, at the end of which he was promoted as Chief of Human Resources Europe of the group drinks activity. From 2005 to 2008, he held the position of HRD for Microsoft France. In 2008, he joined the executive committee of the Devanlay-Lacoste Group where he held the position of General Manager of Human Resources, Internal Communication and CSR. For 7 years, he created and developed the HR function at the international level for the group and is one of the key players in the group's transformation and growth project. From 2016 to 2017, Richard Cuif worked in consulting, before joining SoLocal Group in November 2017, French leader in digital solutions for companies, as Chief of Human Resources and Internal Communication.
Maxime Videmann
Group Product and Media Marketing Director
Maxime Videmann
Group Product and Media Marketing Director
Graduated of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (2005) and holds an MBA from HEC Paris (2013). Maxime Videmann began his career at Accenture Consulting in 2005, where he worked with clients in the telecommunications, media and utilities sectors on product marketing, business intelligence and digital transformation issues in France and Europe. In 2012, Maxime joined Facebook to advise and optimize advertising investments for major advertisers in France. In 2014, he joined the Altice Group, within the SFR Consumer Department, where he was able to lead geomarketing projects optimizing the Group's omnichannel acquisition strategy and developing the 100% digital brand RED by SFR as Marketing Director.He signed on at Solocal in 2017 where he held the position of Marketing and Sales Director for Key Accounts. Evolving to Product Marketing at the end of 2018, he was able to carry with great leadership the Group's transition to subscription through the redesign and simplification of Solocal's offer in order to meet the expectations of professionals, from all sectors, local or network companies. He took over all of the Group's marketing functions in 2020, making it possible, among other things, to structure the management of customer churn and support the transition to campaign mode for the Group's commercial operations. In this context, Maxime Videmann will be in charge of defining and implementing a new roadmap for the media, products and services offered by Solocal with regard to the new sectoral and regulatory challenges linked to the digital and local communication market
Stéphanie Zeppa
Chief Technology Officer
Stéphanie Zeppa
Chief Technology Officer
With an engineering background (High Engineering Studies in Lille), Stéphanie Zeppa, began her career in various positions of expertise in Information Systems: project management, operations and management within the companies Chanel, France Télécom, Lucent and UPC (now SFR). In 2007, she took over the Performance Department of Docapost (bNum of La Poste Group), in charge of cross-functional projects. More specifically, she managed performance plans, the measurement of their effectiveness, including in terms of organization, the management of transformation projects, operational and IS Business Continuity, and the implementation of company processes, which she certified.She joined the French Management Committee of Transdev and since 2018, she has held the position of Director of Performance, Transformation and Information Systems. She created and managed the France IS Department and the "Digital Factory". she is in charge of the entire Information Systems Department, the consolidation of the 100% cloud model and Research & Development within the group.

Solocal is a listed holding company. 
Its operational activities are managed by subsidiaries in two countries: France and Austria.

Group structure as at December,31st 2020

Documents À Télécharger

Statuts Solocal Group

Document au format pdf Solocal Group - Statuts 4 may 2021_0.pdf

Règlement intérieur du Conseil d'Administration

Document au format pdf Règlement intérieur du CA (octobre 2020).pdf

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