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  • Philippe held numerous high level positions within international industrial companies both in France and Germany, mostly in the automotive sector and more recently as a consultant

  • He is now a member of Cohen Brothers Strategic Advisory Board, advising on its development strategy as a non executive officer

  • Philippe started his career from 1971 to 1973 at Volkswagen in Germany as marketing – promotion manager before joining Renault Europe as a marketing export manager

  • In 1982 he bought Gotti Worldwide, in a turnaround situation and doubled its sales before selling it in 1986. Then he joined Labinal Europe as marketing and sales director of the automotive branch where he also doubled turnover in five years

  • He came back to Germany where he became Managing Director for France at Kassbohrer Europe, a subsidiary of the Mercedes Group, manufacturing industrial vehicles (coaches, vehicle transporters, trailers and special vehicles) from 1992 to 1994

  • He further joined Fruehauf Europe as managing director of the European Truck trailer group till 1997 and further became consultant for the truck division of Daimler Chrysler

  • He then decided to help Kurt Salmon, a global management consultancy, in Paris as an advisor on industrial strategies. He held various missions from 2000 to 2007. He then created his own advisory company, Villette Partners in order to 


   use his industrial and consultancy experiences as well as his European network to the benefit of partners and companies

  • He is a graduate from Insead in 1974 and has been very active in the Insead Alumni Association, notably as president of the Insead think-tank - Group 17 and Head of the Insead career committee

  • He has been nominated “conseiller du commerce extérieur” by the French Government as advisor to French SMEs on international development

  • He is President of the Rotary Club Paris Champs Elysées, organizing monthly meetings as well as dedicated conferences

  • Philippe speaks French, German, English and Spanish

Philippe Villette, Non Executive

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