IFA (French association of Corporate directors) announces Agnès Touraine as upcoming President

– FRANCE, Paris – On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of IFA (The French Institute of Corporate Directors), celebrated on October 22 at its Annual Meeting, its President, Daniel Lebègue, announced that the Board of Directors chose Agnès Touraine to succeed him.

Agnès Touraine actually takes office as President of IFA to the next General Assembly on May 23, 2014, replacing Daniel Lebègue who is finishing his last term.

The Board of Directors and Agnès Touraine wanted this transition period during which Daniel Lebègue and Agnes Touraine will work closely.

“Since the inception of IFA in 2003, a real silent revolution of the rules and practices of Corporate Governance in France has occurred” said Daniel Lebègue. “IFA has taken its full part in its dual capacity, as Institute of Corporate Governance – identifying and disseminating best practices – and as reference professional association of directors working in France – by providing a set of useful services to perform their duties -”

About Agnes Touraine

Agnès Touraine began her career at McKinsey as a consultant and project manager (1981-1985) , before joining Hachette as Director of Group Strategy and Managing Director of Hachette books – Grand Public Division – (1985-1995) .

She then joined CEP Communication (subsidiary of Havas) to create Liris Interactive (now Havas Interactive in 1997), one of the first start-up media in France, where she became the Chief Executive Officer. In 1998, she was appointed CEO of Havas (now a subsidiary of Vivendi), in charge of publishing activities and video games. In 2000, she was appointed Deputy CEO and later CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing (VUP).

Agnès Touraine left the Group in 2003, following the sale of VUP. She founded Act III Consultants, consulting firm dedicated to growth strategies and digital developments and Gaming Act III, producer of serious game.

Alongside these activities, Agnes Touraine has been Non-Executive Director of Lastminute.com, Cable & Wireless and ITV in London. She is now Director of Neopost and Coriolis and Non-Executive Director of Darty Plc. It is, moreover, part of the founding of the Women’s Forum and the FAF (French American Foundation). Member of the Board of Directors of the IFA since 2006, Agnes Touraine is named president of IFA, effective 23 May 2014.

She is a graduate of the Institut d’ Etudes Politiques in Paris, the Faculty of Law of Paris I Panthéon -Sorbonne and an MBA from Columbia University.

About IFA – the French Institute of Corporate Directors

The French Institute of Directors (IFA) has become in 10 years the reference association of directors in France.

Today, IFA has 3200 individual members, supports nearly 200 listed and unlisted companies in the implementation of best practices in their Boards, and works along with all those who – like its associate members and partners – are willing to contribute to the evolution of professional standards and best practices of Corporate Governance.

Real think tank on Corporate Governance, IFA is a permanent place for discussions and exchanges through its steering committees, working groups, clubs and regional delegations. Its research Club is a special place to share with the academic world.

Over the past 10 years, IFA has contributed significantly to the development and dissemination of best practices in Corporate Governance through its publications, programs and Conferences.

IFA is now the second largest association of directors in Europe, and is a founding member of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ECoDA) which carries the voice of its members to the European institutions.

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