Executive Committee

Jean-Philippe Puig
CEO of Avril

Jean-Philippe Puig started his career in 1983 in the aluminum industry, where he obtained significant industrial expertise in mineral extraction managing production units, in R&D and in general management. During this period he worked in France and internationally, notably in Greece and Australia, for the Pechiney Group and then Alcan-Rio Tinto, for which he was Chairman for Europe, the Middle East and Africa until 2011, before becoming the CEO of the Avril Group in 2012.

Members of the Comex
Xavier Dorchies
Chief Operating Officer Sofiprotéol, Chief Strategy and Development Officer Avril

Xavier Dorchies has spent his entire career working in the oil and protein industry. After initial commercial experience in the crushing sector, then as an investor at Sofiprotéol, he has contributed, since the acquisition of Lesieur in 2003, to the main phases of the Avril group's national and international development in its central (strategy, development, M&A) and operational functions (management of international subsidiaries between 2009 and 2015).

Xavier Dorchies has been Chief Operating Officer of Sofiprotéol since January 2020.

Aymeric Mongeaud
Chief Financial Officer, also oversees legal affairs and information systems.

After more than ten years with the consultancy firm Arthur Andersen (now Ernst & Young), he joined the Avril Group in 2009 as Administrative and Finance Director of Saipol. He has been Chief Financial Officer for the Group since 2012.

Stéphane Yrles
Secretary General

Stéphane Yrlès joined the Avril Group in 2007 after a career in agri-food in both the public and private sectors, including  periods in the offices of the Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance. He also lectures at Sciences-Po (for the Master’s course in Public Affairs).

Moussa Naciri
General Manager of Avril’s Specialties Business Line, overseeing the Group’s oleochemicals and animal specialties activities.

Moussa Naciri started his career as a management consultant with BCG and Gunn Partners, before joining the chemicals industry with Rhodia and then the Avril Group in 2007.

Olivier Delaméa
General Manager of the Avril Vegetal Business Line

For 25 years, Olivier Delaméa occupied various functions within the Danone Group in the marketing, commercial and then general management areas, and led the growth of emblematic brands in fresh dairy products (Danone, Activia, Danette), infant and baby foods (Blédina) and biscuit products (LU, Belin).

During five years on the Danone Produits Frais France Management Committee, he was particularly closely involved in reviving and supporting transformations in the dairy sector.  He also contributed to a certain number of projects of importance to the French agri-food industry, notably through his membership of the Boards of Ania, Ilec and Eco-Emballages

Paul-Joël Derian
Vice President for Innovation, Research and Sustainable Development

Paul-Joël Derian started his career at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) before joining Rhône-Poulenc and then Rhodia. After setting up Rhodia’s Research and Technologies Center in Cranbury, he occupied various posts in development and strategy in France and the US. In 2002, he became head of the Global Business Unit for Dairy Products and Desserts for Rhodia Food, becoming member of the Executive Board and Vice-President of the Rhodia Group responsible for R&D in 2003. Before joining the Avril Group in 2017, Paul-Joël Derian was Director of Research, Innovation and Performance at Suez Environnement.

Marie de La Roche Kerandraon
Vice President for Human Resources and Engagement

For 25 years, Marie de la Roche Kerandraon has been providing support for companies in terms of their ability to implement sustainable change. After nine years in consulting (information systems and change management), she was the joint founder of a head-hunting firm that she led for three years before joining major industrial groups (Roche Pharmaceuticals, Danone) where for 13 years she occupied different roles in human resources: operational, regional or international. In her last job, she was responsible for the career development of the 200 senior managers and 100,000 employees of Danone.

Christophe Le Bars
General Manager of the Livestock Business Line

Christophe Le Bars started his career in 2000 within the Glon-Sanders Group, which later joined the Avril Group in 2007. In 2013, he became Deputy General Manager of the Animal Division, before moving on to Group missions for two years. Christophe is then appointed Chief Financial Officer of Avril Feed and Food business line field before taking the management in 2019.

Antoine Prevost
Group Chief Operating Officer. In charge of industrial performance and the supply chain, as well as operational excellence.

Antoine Prevost began his career with the Vallourec group, where he held various positions in Operations and in the management of Business Units for the Automotive, Energy and Oil & Gas markets. In 2011, he joined the Tarkett Group, a world leader in floor coverings, as Group Operations Director, then Group Operations and R&D Director until his arrival at Avril.