Mr. Pierre Pringuet is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Mines. He started his career in the French civil service, where he was appointed as an advisor to government minister Michel Rocard (1981 – 1985), before being given responsibility for the Farming and Food Processing Industries at the Ministry of Agriculture. He joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as Development Director, playing an active role in the Group’s international development and holding the positions of Managing Director of Société pour l’Exportation de Grandes Marques (1987 – 1996) and then Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Europe (1997 – 2000). In 2000, he joined Patrick Ricard at the Headquarters as one of Pernod Ricard’s two joint CEOs. He was appointed a director of Pernod Ricard in 2004 and led the successful acquisition of Allied Domecq in 2005 and its subsequent integration. In December of the same year, he became the Group’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer. In 2008, he carried out the acquisition of Vin&Sprit (V&S) and its brand Absolut Vodka, which completed Pernod Ricard’s international development. Following the withdrawal of Patrick Ricard from his operational duties, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard on November 5, 2008. He performed his duties as CEO until February 11, 2015, the date of expiry of his term of office pursuant to the Company’s bylaws. He was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pernod Ricard from August 2012 to January 2019 and played an active role, together with the Appointments, Governance and CSR Committee, in the management of all Corporate Governance issues. He was also a director and member of the Pernod Ricard Strategy Committee and Compensation Committee from 2012 to 2019.
Mr. Pierre Pringuet is Vice-Chairman of the Vallourec Supervisory Board and Lead Independent Director since February 23, 2015. He is also Chairman of the Vallourec Appointments, Compensation and Governance Committee. Mr. Pierre Pringuet was appointed to the Board of Directors of ILIAD SA on July 25, 2007 and is a member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee. Mr. Pierre Pringuet has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Française des Jeux since November 4, 2019.
Mr. Pierre Pringuet was President of the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) (French Association of Private Enterprises) from June 2012 to May 2017. Mr. Pierre Pringuet holds the ranks of Officer of the Legion of Honor, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit. Mr. Pierre Pringuet joined the Board of Directors of Capgemini SE on April 30, 2009. He has been Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Ethics & Governance Committee since May 10, 2017 and a member of the Compensation Committee since June 17, 2009, which he chaired from May 2014 to May 2017.
Mr. Pierre Pringuet brings to the Board extensive experience in the Retail sector, as a senior executive of an international group. He shares with the Board his expertise in Corporate Governance issues and executive compensation, as well as his strategy and development experience, particularly in international external growth transactions.