The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Henri de Castries was re-appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of April 23, 2014, for the duration of his term of office as director, i.e. four years. According to French law, Mr. de Castries is characterized as the Président Directeur Général or PDG.

The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer is vested with the broadest powers to act on behalf of the Company and represents the Company vis-à-vis third parties. He exercises these powers within the scope of the corporate purpose and subject to the powers expressly assigned by law to the Shareholders' Meetings and to the Board of Directors.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Denis Duverne was re-appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors on April 23, 2014, for the duration of his term of office as director, i.e. four years.

His role is to second the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors determines the scope of the powers vested in the Deputy Chief Executive Officer who is specifically in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations of the Group.

On March 19, 2016, following a comprehensive succession planning process of the Executive Management led by AXA’s Compensation & Governance Committee, AXA’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to separate the functions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, and approved the following appointments effective upon Mr. Henri de Castries’ retirement on September 1st: (i) Mr. Denis Duverne as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and (ii) Mr. Thomas Buberl as Chief Executive Officer of AXA and a member of AXA’s Board of Directors coopted to replace Mr. Henri de Castries.

Until September 1st, 2016, Mr. Thomas Buberl will be Deputy CEO of AXA (Directeur Général Adjoint). He will work closely with Messrs. Henri de Castries and Denis Duverne to finalize AXA’s new strategic plan, and to ensure an effective leadership transition.

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Management Committee

The Management Committee

The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer have decided to establish a Management Committee to assist them in the operational management of the Group. The Management Committee has no formal decision making authority.

As of January 1st, 2016, this Management Committee comprised nine members:

  • Mr. Henri de Castries, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr. Thomas Buberl (1), Chief Executive Officer of AXA Konzern AG (Germany), Chief Executive Officer of the global business line for the Health business and Chief Executive Officer of the global business line Life & Savings
  • Mr. Denis Duverne, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations
  • Mr. Jean-Laurent Granier, Chief Executive Officer of the Mediterranean and Latin America Region business unit, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA Global P&C and in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Corporate Solutions
  • Mr. Peter Kraus, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AB (United States)
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia
  • Mr. Nicolas Moreau, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA France also in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Assistance, AXA Global Direct and AXA Partners
  • Mr. Mark Pearson, President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial, Inc. (United States)
  • Mrs. Véronique Weill, Group Chief Operating Officer

(1) On March 21, 2016, Thomas Buberl was appointed Deputy CEO (Directeur Général Adjoint) of AXA and will be appointed Chief Executive Officer and director of AXA on September 1st, 2016.

The Management Committee also holds meetings dedicated to the "Quarterly Business Reviews" (QBRs) during which its members welcome senior executives from the main entities of the Group. They present the performance of their operations and the progress status of their key projects using defined quantifiable standards of measurement which are common to all entities of the Group.

The Executive Committee

The Management Committee is supported by an Executive Committee. Its principal mission is to review and define the Group's strategy.

The Executive Committee is composed of the members of the Management Committee as well as other key senior executives selected on the basis of their respective roles in the organization (central or local).

The Executive Committee holds quarterly meetings to assess the status of Group transversal projects and monitor the implementation of the strategic plan.

The Executive Committee has no formal decision making authority. The Executive Committee is advisory in nature and serves as an important sounding board in formulating Group strategy and considering key business issues or strategic initiatives. As a team, the members of the Executive Committee also contribute to shape and disseminate AXA's management culture.

On January 1st, 2016, the Executive Committee was comprised of the following seventeen members, including ten non-French nationals:

  • Mr. Henri de Castries, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA
  • Mr. Thomas Buberl (1), Chief Executive Officer of AXA Konzern AG (Germany), Chief Executive Officer of the global business line for the Health business and Chief Executive Officer of the global business line Life & Savings
  • Mr. Denis Duverne, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AXA in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations
  • Mr. Paul Evans, Chief Executive Officer of AXA UK and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance
  • Mr. Jean-Laurent Granier, Chief Executive Officer of the Mediterranean and Latin America Region business unit, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA Global P&C and in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Corporate Solutions
  • Mr. Gérald Harlin, Group Chief Financial Officer
  • Mr. Frank Koster, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Belgium
  • Mr. Peter Kraus, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AB (United States)
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia
  • Mr. Nicolas Moreau, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA France also in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Assistance, AXA Global Direct and AXA Partners
  • Mr. Mark Pearson, President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial, Inc. (United States)
  • Mr. Jacques de Peretti, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Japan
  • Mr. Antimo Perretta, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Winterthur (Switzerland)
  • Mr. Andrea Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Investment Managers
  • Mr. George Stansfield, AXA Group General Counsel and Head of Group Human Resources
  • Mr. Christian Thimann, Group Head of Strategy, Sustainability & Public Affairs
  • Mrs. Véronique Weill, Group Chief Operating Officer

(1) On March 21, 2016, Thomas Buberl was appointed Deputy CEO (Directeur Général Adjoint) of AXA and will be appointed Chief Executive Officer and director of AXA on September 1st, 2016.