Hervé has extensive experience in business and project development in developing countries, particularly in Latin America and Africa. He was CEO of Elf Lubricants in Mexico, 1990 – 1997 and CEO of Elf Lubricant‘s international division, 1998 – 2002. In this role, he managed 13 subsidiaries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. He was President of IFIA (Interafrican Forest Industries Association) from 2005 – 2011.
He played a key role in obtaining FSC certification of 5.3 million forest hectares. In addition, he was also instrumental in promoting tropical woods in international markets and championing high value processing of forest products in Africa. He has also served as a lecturer at HEC Paris on company management in emerging countries.
Hervé has a Master’s degree in Philosophy, a degree in Law and graduated from EDHEC in business administration. In addition, he studied international marketing at INSEAD (1988). He speaks French, English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently.