Composition of the Board of Directors



Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, appointed by the shareholders, is composed of 16 members, two of whom are employee representatives. 11 directors are independent. Members of our Board of Directors are appointed for a maximum term of four years; reappointment of Directors is done on a rotation basis.

The Board of Directors defines the strategic business guidelines and directions of the Company, and supervises their implementation. Subject to the powers expressly attributed to the Shareholders’ General Meeting, and within the scope of the company’s corporate purpose, the Board of Directors’ powers cover all issues relating to the proper management of the company and through its decisions the Board determines all matters falling within its authority.

Further information in our Board Charter

Board diversity

Each year, the Board of Directors conducts a review to ensure that there is an appropriate balance in its composition. In particular, the Board seeks to ensure gender balance and a broad diversity of backgrounds and countries of origin, international experience, reflecting Sanofi’s status as a diversified global business.

As of May 2017, women represent 43% of members. 6 Directors are non-French.

Above all, the Board seeks directors who show independence of mind and who are competent, dedicated and committed.

Independence of board members

Under the terms of the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code of listed corporations, a Director is independent when he or she has no relation of any kind whatsoever with the company, its group or its management that may interfere with his or her freedom of judgement.

As of May 2017, 79% of members are independent.

Composition of the Board of Directors

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As of May 2017, the Board of Directors comprises the following members:

Serge Weinberg

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Director’s term ends: 2019

Olivier Brandicourt

Olivier Brandicourt

Chief Executive Officer

Director’s term ends: 2022

Laurent Attal

Laurent Attal

Director’s term ends: 2020


Emmanuel Babeau

Emmanuel Babeau*

Director’s term ends: 2022
Bernard Charlès

Bernard Charlès*

Director’s term ends: 2021
Claudie Haigneré

Claudie Haigneré*

Director’s term ends: 2020
Patrick Kron

Patrick Kron*

Director’s term ends: 2022
Fabienne Lecorvaisier

Fabienne Lecorvaisier*

Director’s term ends: 2021
Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee*

Director’s term ends: 2021
Suet-Fern Lee

Suet-Fern Lee*

Director’s term ends: 2019
Christian Mulliez

Christian Mulliez

Director’s term ends: 2022
Carole Piwnica

Carole Piwnica*

Director’s term ends: 2020
Diane Souza

Diane Souza*

Director’s term ends: 2020
Thomas Südhof

Thomas Südhof*

Director’s term ends: 2020

* Independent Director

Directors representing employees

Marion Palme

Marion Palme

Director’s term ends: 2021
Christian Senectaire

Christian Senectaire

Director’s term ends: 2021

Summary table

Director Age Nationality First appointed Term expires Senority AC AGC CC SC SciC
Serge Weinberg, Chairman of the Board(a) 67 French 2009 2019 AGM 9 C C
Olivier Brandicourt, Chief Executive Officer 62 French 2015 2022 AGM 3
Laurent Attal 60 French 2012 2020 AGM 6
Emmanuel Babeau(a) 51 French 2018 2022 AGM 0
Bernard Charlès(a) 61 French 2017 2021 AGM 1
Claudie Haigneré(a) 61 French 2008 2020 AGM 10
Patrick Kron(a) 64 French 2014 2022 AGM 4 C
Fabienne Lecorvaisier(a) 55 French 2013 2021 AGM 5 C
Melanie Lee(a) 59 British 2017 2021 AGM 1
Suet-Fern Lee(a) 60 Singaporean 2011 2019 AGM 7
Christian Mulliez 57 French 2004 2022 AGM 14
Marion Palme(b) 35 German 2017 2021 AGM 1
Carole Piwnica(a) 60 Belgian 2010 2020 AGM 8
Christian Senectaire(b) 53 French 2017 2021 AGM 1
Diane Souza(a) 65 American 2016 2020 AGM 2
Thomas C. Südhof(a) 62 German/American 2016 2020 AGM 2 C

AC: Audit Committee
AGC: Appointments and Governance Committee
CC: Compensation Committee
SC: Strategy Committee
SciC: Scientific Committee
C: Chairman/Chairwoman
(a) Independent director
(b) Director representing employees