NEW YORK, September 10, 2012 – Jefferies today announced that Gilles Pélisson has joined Jefferies’ Global Senior Advisory Board, becoming the seventh member of this distinguished group.
In a joint statement, Richard B. Handler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jefferies, and Brian P. Friedman, Chairman of Jefferies’ Executive Committee, commented: “We welcome Gilles to our Senior Advisory Board and look forward to working closely with him on several initiatives. His business experience across a wide range of industries combined with his extensive CEO and Board level relationships, particularly across the French industrial landscape, will be extremely valuable in helping us continue to build our European investment banking business.”
Mr. Gilles C. Pélisson is the former Chairman and CEO of Accor Group, the largest hotel group in Europe and the fourth largest hotel group in the world. Prior to Accor he spent three years as the CEO of Bouygues Telecom, the third largest French mobile operator, and previously five years as the CEO of Disneyland Paris Resort, the leading tourist destination in Europe. Mr. Pélisson also holds positions on numerous Boards of Directors including: Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company; Societe Bic S.A., a global leader in stationery products, lighters and shavers; Groupe TF1, a leading French broadcasting company; NH Hoteles, a leading hotel operator in Europe; and Lucien Barrière, a leading operator of gaming and hotel facilities in Europe. For the last six years, Mr. Pélisson has also been a member of the Executive Board of MEDEF, the French Employer’s Association and, since 2011 has served as Chairman of GPS, the French Employer’s Association of the Services Industry. Mr. Pélisson was awarded both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite, as a Chevalier, from the French Republic, one of the highest awards in France.
Other members of Jefferies’ Global Senior Advisory Board include the following professionals:
Mr. James D. Robinson III
Mr. James D. Robinson III is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), the world's largest credit card issuer and member of the Dow 30, a role he held for 16 years. He is Presiding Director of the Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), the world's largest beverage company, and a former director and advisor to Novell Inc., a global enterprise software leader; and General Partner and co-founder of RRE Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on the information technology sector. He was formerly the Chairman of Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY), a global pharmaceutical company. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Honorary Chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, an Honorary Trustee of The Brookings Institution, and is a Director of several private companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Lord Clive Hollick
Lord Clive Hollick is the former Chief Executive Officer of United Business Media (LSE: UBM), a leading global media and information services business and the largest global newswire distributor, a role he held for 10 years. He is a Director of Diageo plc (LSE: DGE), the world's leading premium drinks business; and a Director of Honeywell International (NYSE: HON), a Fortune 100 technology and manufacturing company. Lord Hollick has been a member of the House of Lords since 1991, and he has served as advisor to several UK Labour Party leaders, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was formerly a Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; and a Director of BAe Systems (LSE: BA/), a global defense and security company; and Logica Plc, a business and information technology services company, and is a Director of numerous private companies.
Mr. Michael Goldstein
Mr. Michael Goldstein is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Toys R Us, Inc., the world's leading toy and children's products retailer, roles he held over seven years. He is currently a Director of Pacific Sunwear (NASD: PSUN), a retailer in action sports and fashion products, and currently serves as Chairman of Israel Discount Bank of New York Ltd., a middle market lender specializing in asset based financing. He is the former Lead Director of Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a leading pharmacy benefit manager and the nation's largest mail order pharmacy operator, and a former Director of Charming Shoppes, Inc., a leading multi-brand women’s specialty apparel retailer. He is also a former partner at Ernst & Young LLP and is a Director of numerous private companies and not-for-profit charitable organizations.
Mr. Bernard Bourigeaud
Mr. Bourigeaud was the founder and for 16 years Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin (Euronext Paris: ATO), one of the largest IT services companies in the world. Prior to Atos Origin, he spent 11 years at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, where he headed their Management Consulting Group. Mr. Bourigeaud holds positions on numerous boards, including CGI Inc. (TSX: GIB/A), one of the world's largest independent information technology and business process services firms; Amadeus IT Holding (SIBE: AMS), a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry; and ADVA Optical Networking (Xetra: ADV), a global provider of telecommunications equipment; and Oberthur Technologies, a world leader in the field of computer data security. Mr. Bourigeaud is also an international operating partner of private equity firm Advent International. Mr. Bourigeaud was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian honor, awarded by the President of France.
Mr. Dennis W. Archer
Mr. Archer is the former Mayor of the City of Detroit, a post he served for two consecutive 4 year terms. Following his term as Mayor, Mr. Archer was elected President of the American Bar Association. Mr. Archer is a member of the Board of Directors of Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE: JCI), one of the world's largest manufacturers of automotive systems and building control systems; Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), a leading manufacturer of home improvement and building products; and Compuware Corporation (NASD: CPWR), a provider of enterprise software.
Sir David Reid
Sir David Reid is the very recently retired Chairman of Tesco, a role he served since 2004. Tesco is a FTSE 100 company and is one of the top 3 retailers in the world and is also the largest food retailer in the UK with 30% market share. Sir David joined Tesco 25 years ago, holding a variety of positions, including CFO and Deputy Chairman, and he also led the successful expansion of Tesco into Central Europe and Asia. Sir David is also the Chairman of Intertek Group PLC (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in product inspection services, Board member of Reed Elsevier PLC (LSE: REL), one of the world’s largest publishing and information services companies, and Board member of Speedy 1 Ltd, one of the largest automotive repair services chains in the UK. He also serves on the Advisory Councils to both Mayors of Seoul and Shanghai.
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