HUGUES DE SAINT GERMAIN,
Chairman & Founder

Hugues de Saint Germain, is a graduate from École Polytechnique (1987), New York State University (1989) for International Finance, Paris-Dauphine University (1990) (MBA in Corporate Finance) and École des Mines de Paris (1990). He becomes a member of the Corps des Mines in 1990.

After a start in the USA with Vishay Inc., he joins the French Ministry of Industry, where he is first in charge of implementing programs to SME development in the Rhône-Alpes region.

In 1993, he is appointed Head of the Exploration-Production Service within the Petroleum Directorate; at this time he becomes director of Elf Aquitaine Production, member of the supervisory board of the French Petroleum Institute (IFP), and director of Beicip Franlab (reservoir engineering).

In 1995, he joins the French Securities and Exchange Commission as Head of the first list within the Corporate Finance Division. He develops a good knowledge of all actors within the financial place in Paris, and a detailed expertise in exchange, financial, accounting and legal techniques, practices and regulations.

In 1997, he joins Soletanche SA (800 million Euros turnover, 5 000 staff), and becomes a member of the Group Executive Committee in 1998.

As Group Secretary General, he supervises several central departments (finance, legal, technical) comprising more than 300 people, and actively steers the renovation and implementation of the new organization, systems and applications following the merger between Soletanche and Bachy.

Appointed Group Executive Vice-President, Asia in 2000, he moves to Hong Kong. He supervises a dozen countries from Australia to Japan and 1 500 staff. He speeds up the redeployment of the Group in Asia following the Asian crisis, redefining its strategy, developing new technologies, and re-engineering all operations across Asia.

In 2001, he is appointed French Trade Adviser by Minister Loos, and is elected board member of the French Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

In 2010, he becomes a board member of the company BULL SA (a world leader in High Performance Computing), listed on NYSE-Euronext.

He is the Chairman & Founder of FOROIL.