Laurent Guillot announces the new management team responsible for the transformation of the ORPEA Group


PUTEAUX, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

Laurent Guillot, appointed Chief Executive Officer on July 1, establishes the new ORPEA (Paris: ORP) Group Executive Committee, which will be responsible for transforming and managing the strategic plan to ensure the Group’s successful rebuilding.

Laurent Guillot said of the new organization:

“My goal for ORPEA was to build a new, lean management team focused on the company’s challenges. These seasoned professionals will serve our institutions, countries and regions and deliver the performance required for ORPEA’s successful transformation. I count on the commitment of Pierre Krolak-Salmon and Fanny Barbier to focus on the care path for our residents and patients and the quality of support and development of our staff, one of the main drivers of this transformation. The company’s financial solidity, its reputation and a completely revised real estate strategy are challenges that Laurent Lemaire, Frédérique Raoult and Géry Robert-Ambroix will face.

This Executive Committee is composed of:

Executive Management Committee:

Laurent GuillotManaging Director,

Pierre Krolak salmonExecutive Vice President, Medical Director,

Fanny BarbierExecutive Vice President, Human Resources,

Laurent LemaireExecutive Vice President, Finance, IT and Purchasing,

Frederique RaoultExecutive Vice President, Communications,

Gery Robert-AmbroixExecutive Vice President, Real Estate.

And Chief Executive Officers for countries and regions:

Erich Haemann (Germany),

Anton Waiter (Central and Eastern Europe),

Thibault Sartini (New countries),

Geert Uytterschaut (Northern Europe),

Yenwang (Latin America),

Asuncion Zaragoza (Iberian Peninsula),

Laurent Guillot is Acting CEO for France.

Missions and biographies of the new Executive Committee members:

CEO Laurent Guillot, began his career in public service as a technical adviser to the French Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing. In 2002 Laurent joined Saint-Gobain. Until 2009 he managed various activities in France and abroad. Laurent was subsequently appointed as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer before becoming Chief Operating Officer. In 2016 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, High-Performance Materials. Laurent Guillot is an Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Safran.

Laurent Guillot is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Ponts ParisTech Engineering School and holds a postgraduate degree in Macroeconomics from Université Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne).

The Legal, Strategy, Internal Audit and Control, Risk Management and Compliance, Quality and CSR departments will report to Laurent.

He is Acting CEO for France.

Professor Pierre Krolak-Salmon, Executive Vice President, Group Medical Director, will have the task of supporting the group in defining the strategic priorities for the supply path.

Pierre Krolak-Salmon has specifically researched care, ambulance and hospitalization pathways with an additional focus on accommodation directly related to other specialties such as general medicine.

Pierre Krolak-Salmon holds a PhD in medicine and science with a neuroscientific option, a diploma in specialized studies in neurology and an additional specialized diploma in geriatrics (University Claude Bernard, Lyon). He also enjoys an active teaching role to conduct research.

Fanny Barbier, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, will be responsible for defining and implementing HR policy. Fanny will be tasked with putting HR at the heart of the group’s challenges to restore employee confidence, improve their work-life balance and workplace well-being, and develop the attractiveness and excellence of ORPEA’s professions. She will oversee the social and human aspects of the Group’s transformation, based on a constructive and balanced social dialogue.

Fanny has spent her entire HR career in the private sector, most notably at SUEZ. At SUEZ, she held various HR positions: Regional Operations Human Resources Director, then Human Resources Director for France, before becoming Senior Vice President Human Resources, responsible for leadership, talent and culture for the group in a transformational context. Fanny Barbier has a degree in private and employment law.

Laurent Lemaire, Executive Vice President, Finance, IT and Purchasing, will be responsible for steering ORPEA’s economic and financial performance and will also have the task of leading the group’s information systems and purchasing department, whose transformation he will support.

Laurent started his career at Danone, where he held various positions in the finance sector for almost 20 years. In 2007 he joined the publicly traded group Steria as General Manager of Finance, Legal, Procurement, IT & Transformation and then as Group Chief Financial Officer as part of the merger with Sopra.

He joined Korian in 2016 as Group Chief Financial and Administrative Officer before being appointed Group Chief Financial Officer of Idemia, a company undergoing an LBO.

Laurent Lemaire is a graduate of ESSEC Business School.

Frederique Raoult, Executive Vice President, Communications, will have the task of increasing the attractiveness and reputation of the company as well as renewing trust and dialogue with all interest groups.

Frédérique spent a large part of her career at SUEZ, where she held various communication positions in the group’s French and international companies, before becoming Senior Vice President Communication and Sustainable Development. In particular, she led the IPO of SUEZ and its transition to a single brand.

Frédérique then joined Keolis Group as Executive Vice President, Ccommunication and brotherother

Frédérique Raoult is a graduate of Sciences Po and has a master’s degree in contemporary history.

Gery Robert-Ambroix, Executive Vice President, Group Real Estate, will be responsible for realigning and executing the real estate strategy in line with the transformation plan. Géry is responsible for arbitrage, acquisitions, asset management and property management with the aim of realizing the real estate potential of the company.

Géry has more than 30 years of experience in various real estate companies; from the start of his career at BOUYGUES Group to his position as Chief Executive Officer at MERCIALYS and then CARMILA from 2005 to 2021 before joining BATIPART.

Géry Robert-Ambroix is ​​a graduate of HEC Business School.

Chief Executive Officers for the Group regions are:

Erik Hamann, CEO, Germany

After starting his career as a consultant at Roland Berger, Dr. Erik Hamann as Head of Business Development and as Managing Director of the nursing home subsidiary Altenpflege Mannheim GmbH at the University Hospital Mannheim. From 2005 to 2017 he was CFO and deputy chairman of the board of the listed clinic operator Rhön-Klinikum.

dr Hamann has also served as Chief Financial Officer at Acrest Property GmbH, as an operating partner at a large-cap private equity firm, and as Chief Financial Officer at Artemis Augenkliniken.

dr Erik Hamann started at ORPEA in 2016 as Chief Executive Officer of Germany, which is his position to this day.

dr Erik Hamann holds a degree in business administration and a PhD from the University of Mannheim and a degree in business administration and management from ESSEC Business School.

Anton Kellner, Chief Executive Officer, Central and Eastern Europe

Anton Kellner has held various positions in the district office of Hollabrunn, in the federal state of Lower Austria. He was head of the social department before working as a caretaker in a nursing home in this region from 1995.

In 2004 he joined SeneCura Group as Operations Director before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Since 2019, Anton has held the position of Chief Executive Officer for Central and Eastern Europe. This region also includes Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Anton Kellner has an MBA in “Health Care Management” from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Thibault Sartini, Chief Executive Officer, New Lands

Thibault Sartini began his career in 2003 as a field nurse. He then joined the ORPEA Group in 2008 as Clinic Facility Director before being promoted to the Regional Director role. In 2016, Thibault was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ORPEA Italy. He was then appointed Chief Executive Officer of the New Countries Cluster in 2019, leading five markets: Italy, Middle East, Poland, Latvia and Asia.

Thibault Sartini graduated from the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in 2008 with a Masters in Human Resources Management and Labor Law. In 2013 he completed an Executive Masters in Healthcare Strategy and Management at ESCP Europe Business School.

Geert Uytterschaut, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Europe

After a 22-year career in retail, Geert Uytterschaut took a step in 2010 and became Chief Operating Officer of a large care home group in Belgium. In 2019 he joined ORPEA as Chief Executive Officer of ORPEA Belgium. Geert now holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for ORPEA Northern Europe, which includes operations in Belgium, Ireland, UK, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Geert is a graduate of Ghent University and holds certificates from INSEAD (Financial Management), EHSAL (Master in Industrial Enterprise Management) and CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY (Strategic Management), among others.

Yen Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Latin America

Yen spent more than 15 years as a management consultant in global companies (McKinsey & Company, AT Kearney and Arthur D. Little) before taking on leadership roles at Carrefour and Oi in Brazil. From 2017 to 2021 he worked as Chief Executive Officer of Carrefour Property in Brazil before joining ORPEA Group in 2022 as Chief Executive Officer of the Latin America region.

Yen holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of São Paulo, a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Asunción Zaragoza, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal)

Asunción began her career as a consultant for the consulting firm Accenture. She then became finance manager at one of General Electric’s subsidiaries before becoming finance director at La Casera Company Plc, followed by Grupo Care, which was acquired by ORPEA in 2002. Asunción then became Chief Financial Officer of ORPEA in Spain. In 2017 she was appointed Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal), a position she has held since 2018.

Asunción holds a Masters in Law and an MBA from ESAD.


ORPEA is a leading global player and expert in the care of all types of frailty. The group operates in 22 countries and comprises three core businesses: aged care (nursing homes, assisted living, home care), post-acute and rehabilitation care and mental health care (specialty clinics). It has more than 71,000 employees and welcomes more than 255,000 patients and residents each year.

ORPEA is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000184798) and is a member of the SBF 120, STOXX 600 Europe, MSCI Small Cap Europe and CAC Mid 60 indices.


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