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Published on Jul 6, 2011
Xavier Fontanet is the currently Chairman of the board of Essilor International, which he joined in 1991 before occupying various senior posts including Vice-President and CEO. Between 1986 and 1991, he was CEO of Eurest , the catering division of Wagons-Lits , prior to which he served as CEO of Bénéteau from 1981. He was appointed as a Director of Credit Agricole SA in 2005 and for L'Oreal in 2002. In 2006, Mr Fontanet was named on the Pébereau Commission to help evaluate France's public deficit. The following year he joined the "Attali Commission". Mr Fontanet began his career at Boston Consulting Group in 1974 after he was awarded his Master of Science in Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Honours awarded to Mr Fontanet include Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.