governance

– Our governance –

– 8 members make up the Saipol Management Committee –

The Management Committee defines Saipol’s strategy, validated by the Board of Directors, and implements it with the teams.

Saipol, a subsidiary of the Avril Group, is chaired by Olivier Delaméa, General Manager of the Avril Végétal division.

Christophe BEAUNOIR - Saipol
Christophe BEAUNOIR - Saipol
Christophe
Beaunoir
General Manager
“As a key player in protein autonomy and the bio-economy, we embody the value that we redistribute to the farmer”.
At the Lasalle-Beauvais engineering school, his friends thought he was an alien because he was so interested in “soil science” , which is so off-putting for “normal” students. He even remembers spending hours analysing the structure of soil profiles. The soil and the plants that grow on it: a real passion. But research is not for him, as it is “too slow”, he admits. His speed of action and decision making are put to good use in agro-industrial projects in the sugar and grain sectors in Russia. Then, in 1995, he joined Cargill’s seed division, then the leader in rapeseed and sunflower… a visionary move! He continued in 1997 as a trader in sugar. A return to the ground in 2003, when he headed up Cargill Crop Nutrition in Europe and then the presidency of Mosaic France, a subsidiary of the world’s #1 fertiliser company. He remained in the fertilisation sector until 2017 after which he was recruited in 2007 by Total within GPN. He then became General Manager of Borealis France (production) and President of Borealis LAT France (distribution).

Christophe Beaunoir then joined Saipol to lead the company’s focus on four challenges that are driving 21st century agriculture, that is:

  • providing quality food;
  • preserving resources: water, air and biodiversity;
  • combating global warming by storing carbon in the soil and reducing fossil fuel consumption;
  • creating value for our partners: restoring farmers’ income, proposing solutions for economically efficient energy, agricultural and food transitions.

By relying on agronomy and digital technology, the objective is to create value for farmers around all the uses of seed: food for humans and animals, plant ingredients and proteins, and renewable energy.

His role in the management committee: :  To design and implement the company’s strategy and restore its profitability.

Pascal BOQUET - Saipol
Pascal BOQUET - Saipol
Pascal
Boquet
Director of Human Resources
“Transparency and sincerity are the foundations of social dialogue”.
Pascal Boquet remembers very clearly the day when he joined the Avril Group, in April 2015. At the time, he was the head of his own transition management consultancy firm, which focused on large chemical and oil groups. He was attracted by the challenge: how to reposition a company operating in a mass market into a supplier of speciality products open to diversification? Succeeding in facing up to such a challenge cannot be possible without the women and men who make up the company. He relied on his expertise, built up since the 1990s within the Manpower group, and then with major stakeholders of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. His creed? Relying on social dialogue to set the agenda, to give meaning to everyone’s work in order to empower teams.

His role within the Management Committee is to ensure that the company has the human and organisational resources to achieve its objectives and to ensure that everyone can flourish.

Ludovic
BOULAIS
Industrial Director
``Providing quality production is only possible by ensuring the safety of people and local residents``.
From fine chemistry to heavy chemistry, then green chemistry, Ludovic Boulais’ career path is much more than a question of chemistry. He joined Saipol in August 2021 and applies the constant: Pq² = Sp²+Slr². Independent of the periodic table of chemical elements, it means that production quality (Pq²) is guaranteed thanks to the safety of people (Sp²) and the safety of local residents (Slr²) squared. This formula structures his commitment and guides his career. During his studies, he saw himself in charge of safety and maintenance at an industrial site, preferably one with continuous activity and a high threshold Seveso. His wish came true as soon as he finished his studies and joined Herculès-Ashland.
When he joined Saipol, his connections with the plant industry led him to defend “one of the last French flagship companies in seed processing and a player in plant-based chemistry that makes sense, since it is linked to local agriculture and meets environmental challenges,” he emphasizes. Agriculture, which he has already worked with for 12 years, starting in 2009, via fertilizers, but always on the management side of industrial sites, within GPN, Total’s fertilizer subsidiary acquired in 2013 by Borealis. His experience was enriched on the public relations side with the administration and social partners in connection with safety issues.

As such, he is a strong advocate of transparency with local stakeholders. Saipol’s role in agricultural, food and energy transitions goes hand in hand with a secure, reliable and flexible industrial tool.

His role within the Management Committee: to provide the right perspective on decisions so that the production tool can fulfil its mission under the best possible conditions.

Estelle
BREGETZER
Supply Chain Director
``Managing the Supply Chain means designing, planning and managing the activities of the company's global value chain, from the supply of raw materials to production and distribution to the customer.``
A job behind a desk filling in Excel spreadsheets are not for her! Planning doesn’t mean filling in rows or columns. No wonder that when she joined Saipol in 2017 as head of planning and S&OP (Sales and Operation Planning), and then took over as head of Supply Chain in September 2021, she favors oral exchanges. They are far more effective than emails in briefing plant and center teams, adjusting seed and oil supply programs, production schedules and order fulfillment. “Having a plan is essential, but nothing is a given,” she says.
Being in the thick of things has been Estelle Bregetzer’s motto throughout her career. In 2003, she was the first woman to become operational director of the nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing site at Grand-Puits (77), then owned by Grande Paroisse. Her method: dialogue and perfect mastery of the tool. “We live the plant with the teams, we know all its pipes,” she says.
In 2010, she put this experience to good use by taking on a more central role as industrial director before accepting a more business-oriented mission in 2013 when GPN was bought out by Boréalis. Appointed Supply Chain Manager and attached to the sales department, she was already ensuring the proper coverage of production plans in conjunction with sales plans.

Fertilizers were not the only playground of this process engineer, specialized in robotics. The first part of her career, which began in 1996, was devoted to the plastics industry, notably at the BP plant in Lavéra and the Elf plant in Lacq.

At Saipol, she opened up to the agro-industry and agricultural raw materials. Recently, she has been working with traders. Agility is the order of the day, every day. It is the only way to make their current business compatible with her need to anticipate. Very instructive.

Her role in the management committee: Ensure that customer satisfaction objectives are met, while optimizing the total cost of operations and ensuring compliance with sustainable development.

Claire DUHAMEL - Saipol
Claire DUHAMEL - Saipol
Claire
Duhamel
Director of Oleo100
“With the Oleo100 offer, we are very agile and able to respond very quickly to all requests from transporters or equipment manufacturers wishing to accelerate their energy transition. ”
What is a little girl to do for a living, a little girl who builds trucks with her Lego Technic, who is passionate about racing in the Australian desert with solar-powered machines starting from primary school, and later on, after completing her engineering studies, takes part in the Shell ecoMarathon speed contest for the most kilometres driven on one litre of petrol? Obviously a job related to mobility and renewable energy! After studying at the Ecole Centrale Marseille, and following a visit to Canada, Claire Duhamel began her career with Shell in 1998. She worked in all sectors: lubricant for boat engines, fuel for planes, bitumen for roads… Twenty years later, she said stop. The question of which direction to take arose in order to add the environmental dimension to her passion. She joined Saipol in March 2020 after completing her general management training programme at Essec. Since then, she has been paving the way to take the Oleo100 chain as far as possible.

Her role within the Management Committee is to  : développer Oleo100 et develop Oleo100 and to contribute her vision of the fuel market in the context of the energy mix. 

Barbara FERRAND-LECOCQ - Saipol
Barbara FERRAND-LECOCQ - Saipol
Barbara
Ferrand-Lecocq
Administrative and Financial Director
“To find new growth drivers, you need the right financial tools, accessible to all. ``
Barbara speaks Ebitda fluently! This is normal since, after business school, she spent her entire career in finance with large industrial groups and international establishments, and even worked in Asia for five years. And then there was the time spent in an agro-industrial group, which led to an attachment to the agricultural sector: “Feeding the World, this commitment moves me, gives more meaning to our jobs”, she said. When she joined Saipol in April 2018 to help in the recovery of the company, the agricultural roots as well as the Avril Group’s values of Respect, Audacity and Performance quickly appealed to her. “And they have not been denied”, she adds. “We are responsible for turning the company around by finding new growth drivers”. And don’t tell her that numbers are dehumanised and boring! “To return to growth, we must work in a spirit of goodwill, with each other”. So she has a lot of fun sharing her financial expertise with employees to give them the right indicators of success, like the famous Ebitda. “We work seriously without taking ourselves seriously”, she says. “Along with the requirements, there is a lot of good humour! ”

Her role within the Management Committee: ontribuer au retouto contribute to the return to profitability of the company through controlled risk management.  

Isabelle Lemarié - Saipol
Isabelle Lemarié - Saipol
Isabelle
Lemarié
Quality and Innovation Director
“The quality team acts as a facilitator within the production and tool teams”.
A wind from the east pushed Isabelle Lemarié to Saipol in March 2008. She did not come from far away as she had been working at Lu in the Paris suburbs since September 2001. A graduate engineer from ENITA Bordeaux (Bordeaux Science Agro today), she arrived at a time when the Ukrainian sunflower oil crisis was affecting all industrial players in Europe. This means that she quickly adapted to the new environment to take the necessary decisions. Under her management, the teams at headquarters and in the plants ensure that the quality of Saipol’s products and services is recognised as one of the best in the industry. Her creed: “In the quality business, we are here to protect against risks, anticipate customer expectations, help find solutions, co-construct efficient production models and support the business”. And she also applies this to innovation, since she supports the implementation of projects that contribute to the company’s growth.

Her role in the management committee isto guarantee the quality of products and services and the progress of innovation projects.

Jean-Philippe PENET - Saipol
Jean-Philippe PENET - Saipol
Jean-Philippe
Penet
Director of Trading & Commerce
“Our challenge for 2025? To secure our supply of raw materials to meet all demands for vegetable oils and proteins”.
An ESA engineer from Angers and holder of a “Master of Agricultural Economics” (Clemson, University SC, USA), trader at heart, Jean-Philippe Penet is enthusiastic about his mission to manage the trading and sales managers and the managers of the crushing, esterification and refining divisions. However, he could not see himself doing any other job than leading from the front on the market: “I was born to do this”, he says ironically, analysing his early years at Vandemoortele, when his factories were leased by Sofiprotéol before they were taken over in the 1990s, and then at Saipol. What drives him? Controlling the risk chain. His in-depth knowledge of the world commodities markets led him to rethink for an entire year the entire raw materials purchasing strategy and the development of the vegetable oil and protein supply. His slogan for a return to growth: “To secure the origins of seeds, both in France and in the main exporting countries in order to meet all our customers’ demands and allow projects to emerge”.

His role within the Management Committee: to be the strategic reference for the grain and energy markets