Corporate Governance
Ymagis Group is a Limited Company with a Board of Directors and a Management Team.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jean Mizrahi, Chairman of the Board of Directors & Chief Executive Officer

A graduate of France’s renowned Polytechnique and Ponts et Chaussées engineering schools, Jean Mizrahi began his career in the French Ministry of Industry in 1984 before moving to the Department of Treasury, where he oversaw privatizations. In 1988 he joined Minister of Industry Roger Fauroux as his advisor. After six years in public administration, he accepted French banker Edouard Stern’s invitation in 1990 to become Deputy CEO of his investment fund, Elysée Investissements. Mizrahi later followed Stern in joining the financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard, where he set up their Asian branch with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing (China). Four years later, he returned to Europe to launch Decoralia, an e-commerce website dedicated to interior design and furniture. Proving to be an idea before its time, Mizrahi halted all activities and returned the majority of the funds raised for the project to his investors. The latter in turn entrusted him with the activities of one of their investments, a majority stake in the emblematic French film laboratory Éclair Group, where he was named Managing Director in 2004. Foreseeing a less-than-bright future for 35-mm film stock, he created a digital cinema division, an unpopular move among shareholders, who did not share his vision to convert Éclair to digital. In 2007, Jean Mizrahi left Éclair Group and founded Ymagis with partner Christophe Lacroix, former Chief Technical Officer of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (France).

Claire Deléris, Administrator

In French only. Claire Deléris, 51 ans, est avocate et assiste des groupes français et internationaux dans la gestion de leurs problématiques fiscales ainsi qu’en matière de fusions et acquisitions, private equity et financement. Elle a une expertise particulière dans le domaine des médias. Elle était préalablement Secrétaire Générale Groupe du Groupe Zodiak Media devenu Banijay Group, en charge de la mise en œuvre de la gouvernance, de la coordination et l’implémentation de la politique juridique et fiscale du groupe tant sur le plan corporate qu’opérationnel. Elle débute sa carrière chez Price Waterhouse / Landwell en 1990 et y exerce jusqu’en 2003 en qualité d’avocat associée. En 2003, elle fonde le cabinet Taylor Wessing dans lequel elle est responsable du département fiscal. En 2010, elle rejoint le cabinet Nixon Peabody International LLP, où elle est en charge du département fiscal au niveau parisien et membre du comité des rémunérations des associés monde. Claire est titulaire du Certificat Administrateur de société de l’IFA – Sciences-Po, du DESS de fiscalité des entreprises et d’une maîtrise de gestion – Université de Paris IX Dauphine. Claire a la qualité d’administrateur indépendant au sein de notre Conseil d’Administration.

Chloé Mayenobe, Administrator

In French only – Chloé Mayenobe, 40 ans, dispose d’une grande expérience dans le domaine du management de Business Unit, de l’audit et de la gestion des risques au niveau international. Elle a récemment été promue Senior Vice President – Managing Director Western Europe, et à ce titre supervise l’ensemble des activités du groupe Ingenico dans toute l’Europe de L’Ouest. Elle occupait auparavant les fonctions d’Executive Vice President Governance & Risks et était membre à ce titre du Comité Exécutif d’Ingenico Group. Après avoir débuté sa carrière en 2000 chez Deloitte, elle rejoint en 2005 en qualité d’auditeur  interne sénior Capgemini, où elle supervise les analyses opérationnelles et financières à l’international, puis Ingenico Group en 2006, où elle prend en charge la gestion des audits et des contrôles internes, puis la gestion des risques et la gouvernance. Chloé compte parmi les 100 leaders de demain du classement Choiseul de 2015. Elle est diplômée de l’Ecole supérieure de commerce de Tours (ESCEM) et a suivi une formation MBA à l’université de San Diego. Chloé a la qualité d’administrateur indépendant au sein du Conseil d’Administration d’Ymagis.

Jean-Marie Dura, Administrator

In French only. Jean-Marie Dura, 52 ans, a rejoint Ymagis en novembre 2012 en tant que directeur général délégué. Diplômé de l’ESCP-Europe en 1986, Jean-Marie Dura a débuté sa carrière comme auditeur chez Arthur Andersen puis, après un passage au sein de l’entreprise familiale des Meubles Dura, il a rejoint UGC Droits Audiovisuels, filiale coté au règlement mensuel du groupe cinématographique UGC, en qualité de directeur de gestion de 1992 à 1997. A partir d’avril 1997, Jean-Marie a dirigé le développement et l’édition des jeux vidéo au sein d’Infogrames, éditeur et distributeur de jeux vidéo coté en bourse, dont il est ensuite devenu directeur général en charge des finances, des fusions-acquisitions et de l’administration. Fin 1999, Jean-Marie est revenu au sein d’UGC, où il était directeur général en charge du réseau des salles de cinémas du groupe en Europe. Jean-Marie Dura a quitté à sa demande, pour raisons familiales, ses fonctions de directeur général délégué le 31 mai 2015 et n’exerce plus de fonctions opérationnelles au sein du groupe Ymagis.
MANAGEMENT TEAM

Jean Mizrahi, Chairman of the Board of Director and Chief Executive Officer

A graduate of France’s renowned Polytechnique and Ponts et Chaussées engineering schools, Jean Mizrahi began his career in the French Ministry of Industry in 1984 before moving to the Department of Treasury, where he oversaw privatizations. In 1988 he joined Minister of Industry Roger Fauroux as his advisor. After six years in public administration, he accepted French banker Edouard Stern’s invitation in 1990 to become Deputy CEO of his investment fund, Elysée Investissements. Mizrahi later followed Stern in joining the financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard, where he set up their Asian branch with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing (China). Four years later, he returned to Europe to launch Decoralia, an e-commerce website dedicated to interior design and furniture. Proving to be an idea before its time, Mizrahi halted all activities and returned the majority of the funds raised for the project to his investors. The latter in turn entrusted him with the activities of one of their investments, a majority stake in the emblematic French film laboratory Éclair Group, where he was named Managing Director in 2004. Foreseeing a less-than-bright future for 35-mm film stock, he created a digital cinema division, an unpopular move among shareholders, who did not share his vision to convert Éclair to digital. In 2007, Jean Mizrahi left Éclair Group and founded Ymagis with partner Christophe Lacroix, former Chief Technical Officer of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (France).

Georges Garic, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Georges Garic is an engineer graduated from France’s EISTI Graduate School in Computer Science & Mathematics Engineering. He began his professional career in 1990 at Cartier Industries, where he occupied various high-profile positions in France and Germany. Ten years later, Garic joined Valeo, a multinational automotive supplier, where he successively managed several business divisions. He relocated to the US East Coast in 2004 to head up Valeo’s motors and actuators subsidiary. Shortly after, he joined Asteelflash – 6,000 employees and USD 900 million in revenue – where he was Head of Business Development (2005) and Executive VP, USA & China (2008) before becoming Executive VP of the Group and President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) in 2012.

Jean Firome, CFO

A graduate of the Rouen Business School in Finance and the holder of an Executive MBA from HEC, Jean Firome combines world-class skills both in financial management and organisation and in Fusion & Acquisition. He started his career in 1990 as an auditor in the Arthur Andersen network before taking over financial and administrative management for Africa and the Middle East for Saga, a transport and logistics company. He subsequently returned to Arthur Andersen Management, now Bearing Point, as associate director where he remained from 1997 to 2004. From 2005 he continued his career as a partner in the firm Ernst & Young, working in the Transaction Advisory Services branch. In 2009 he co-founded Eight Advisory, a firm specialising in improving companies’ financial and operational performance, then took over the administrative and financial management of Worldwide Flight Services, the global air freight leader, for two years. From 2014 to when he joined Ymagis Group, he worked as a Managing Partner at Belharra Partners, a firm specialising in transaction services and financial and operational consultancy.

Kathleen de Beco, Group Legal Adviser

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Christophe Lacroix, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Self-taught, Christophe Lacroix has spent his entire career in the motion picture industry. With a lifelong passion for cinema, he began as a projectionist after completing his French scientific baccalaureate in 1985. Four years later, he transitioned to the role of exhibitor in the town of Dol-de-Bretagne (France). Attracted by new multimedia technology, he moved to Paris in 1990, where he became Technical Director at the Forum des Images in the Les Halles shopping district. During that time, he developed a strong and active interest in silent films, giant screen video projection and the first shorts produced by US animation studio Pixar. Shortly thereafter, Lacroix joined Robur Droits Audiovisuels, which subsequently merged with UGC Droits Audiovisuels in 1992. While working on such classics as Gérard Oury’s “La Grande Vadrouille” (1966), “La Grande Illusion” (1937) by Jean Renoir, and Henri Verneuil’s “La Vache et le Prisonnier” (1959), he discovered the intricacies of film restoration and colorization.  He was hired in 1993 as technical director of the Walt Disney Company’s French motion picture division and distribution joint venture with Gaumont, Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI). While there, he managed the modernization of the company’s technical processes, logistical industrialization and participated in various major technological migrations, including digital sound, polyester film and the cyan-dye soundtrack. He also oversaw the very first digital screenings in France of John Lasseter’s “Toy Story 2” (1999) and Matthieu Kassovitz’s “Les Rivières Pourpres” (“The Crimson Rivers”, 2000). In 2004, the two companies parted ways and Christophe Lacroix opted to remain with the US studio. Three years later, in 2007, Lacroix partnered with former Éclair Laboratories Chief Executive Officer Jean Mizrahi to found Ymagis.

Till Cussmann, SVP CinemaNext

Till Cussmann has been involved in the cinema business since the early days of digitization in 2005. With his 10 years of experience in sales and marketing, he now leads the Group’s Exhibitor Services business unit. Till is passionate about cinema and image technology. From 1996 to 2001, he studied Photography and Imaging. He graduated from the Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège (Léon-Eli Troclet, Liège) with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Marketing in 2001. Till is German and lives and is based in Liège.

Pascal Mogavero, SVP Eclair

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Sonia Ettinger, VP Human Resources

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Olivier Lemaire, VP of Information Systems

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Philippe Lefebvre, VP Procurement

Initially trained as a Naval Officer, Philippe Lefebvre also holds an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business in Boston and a Master’s in research from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/HEC Paris. With over 15 years of experience as Procurement Manager in various private companies,including PMU, Intersport, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Quebecor World and Philips, he has sound experience in purchasing strategy and negotiations both in France and worldwide.

Julien Bollee, VP Marketing & Communications

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Benoit Schils, QA Director

Benoit Schils spent most of his career in the FN Herstal weapons group (Belgium), initially as systems engineer and then as a quality engineer. In 2015 he was appointed manager of the Products and Programs Quality department at FN Herstal before joining Ymagis Group in Liège over the summer, tasked with constantly improving customer satisfaction and deploying ISO9001 certification across the entire Group.