The Executive Committee leads and implements Worldline’s overall strategy and business ambitions, for the benefit of clients, employees, shareholders and society as a whole.
The Executive Committee is organised as follows:
Strategic orientations and significant projects or initiatives deemed necessary for the Group are discussed and decided by the the Strategic Executive Board
Chief Executive Officer
A graduate from “Ecole Nationale d’Administration”, Gilles Grapinet joined the French Inspection Générale des Finances” in 1992, where he was assigned on numerous financial audits on behalf the French Government and international organisations (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, …).
In 1996, he moved to the French tax department as Head of Strategy and Controlling before being appointed Head of Information Systems and Strategy.
Between 2000 and 2002, he was appointed CIO, head of the nation-wide “Copernicus Digital program”, aimed at rebuilding entirely the French tax information systems and creating a multi-channel, service-oriented e-tax administration.
Between 2003 and end 2004, he joined the private office of the French Prime Minister as Senior Advisor for economic, financial affairs and State reforms. Between 2005 and 2007, he was director and chief of staff of the French economy, finance and industry Minister’s private office.
In 2007, Gilles Grapinet joined the Executive Committee of the international banking Group Credit Agricole SA, where he was Head of Strategy before being appointed CEO of the Payment Systems & Services business division.
He joined Atos from December 2008 as Senior Executive Vice-President, in charge of Global Functions, Global Sales, Consulting and Worldline until 2013.
Since July 2013, he was appointed Worldline Chief Executive Officer, and has led the successful partial listing of this former subsidiary of the Atos Group with a market capitalization of c. € 2B in June 2014. Worldline has since executed an ambitious development with the successful acquisitions of Equens in 2016, SIX Payment Services in 2018 and Ingenico in 2020.
Worldline became fully independent from Atos on May 3rd, 2019, is now n°1 electronic payment services provider in Europe and n°4 globally, and since March 2020 part of the CAC40 leading French.
M. Grapinet, in parallel has been the first chairman of EDPIA, the European Digital Payment Industry Alliance, until June 2022 the advocacy body of the largest European head-quartered payment services providers.
M. Grapinet is also member of the French order of “Légion d’honneur” (knight).
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Marc-Henri Desportes is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and of the Ecole des Mines de Paris. He was Deputy Program Director of the Copernic program at the French Ministry of Finances from 2000 to 2005, and then was in charge of audit coordination at BNP Paribas from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Desportes was then Chief Information Officer at BNL, BNP Paribas’ Italian subsidiary. He joined the Atos group as an ExCom Member in 2009 and as Director of the Global Innovation Business Development & Strategy Global Business Lines (GIBS), then, became Director of the High Technology Settlement Services and Specialized Activities Business Unit in July 2011. Mr. Desportes joined Worldline as General Manager in 2013 and he is in charge of all its business lines and operations since that date. He became Deputy CEO in 2018
Deputy Head of the Financial Services (FS) Global Business Line
Alessandro Baroni is Chief Business Divisions Officer and Deputy Head of Financial Services Global Business Line since March 2020. He was previously Chief Market Officer for l Financial Services. He is a member of the Board of Directors of equensWorldline since October 2016 upon the closing of the strategic partnership between Equens and Worldline. He has been part of Equens’ Board of Directors since 2011, first as responsible of the cards business, then as Group CIO and finally as CMO. He joined Equens in 2008 upon the incorporation of Equens Italia, the Italian entity set up by ICBPI and Equens SE as a vehicle for their strategic partnership, for which Alessandro Baroni was in a leading role since its origination. Alessandro Baroni is a member of the Worldline Group Executive Committee. Prior to joining Equens, Alessandro Baroni worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Milan and Toronto as a consultant and principal, serving clients in the financial services and consumer goods & retail industries in the fields of strategy, corporate development, organization and operations. Mr. Baroni holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan.
Group Head of Operational Performance
Lisa Coleman joined the Atos group in 1992, performing various managerial roles in the UK public sector that included personal delivery of major Government Programmes. She also took overall responsibility for business development and growth in the UK health sector. From joining Worldline in 2014 to March 2019, Lisa had responsibility for all Worldline activities within the UK and Ireland which included significant contracts to the transport and hospitality market. In addition, since 2017 her scope included the groups Mobility & Transactional Services business in Germany and Austria. Since March 2020, she has taken on the role of Head of Operational Performance responsible for improving operational performance and efficiency through the next generation of the TEAM² program SMART.
Group Head of Quality, Risks and Security
Eglantine Delmas has over 25 years’ experience in risk management, compliance, security and internal audit in the banking sector, financial institutions, and payment services. She was appointed in Worldline executive committee after the acquisition of Ingenico that she joined in 2017 as EVP Audit, Risk and compliance, with the task of developing the compliance and risk management set up as well as raising awareness of risk&security within the Group. She is also member of the Supervisory Board of Payone. Previously, as senior advisor to the Head of Compliance at BNPP International Retail Banking from 2015 to 2017, Eglantine Delams coordinated the roll out of the compliance transformation program in several entities of the group. Between 2000 and 2015, Eglantine held several leading positions in various entities of Dexia focusing alternately on credit and financial market risk management, internal audit and product control. She was a member of the board of Dexia Crediop in Italy from 2013 to 2015, the Chief Audit Executive of Denizbank in Turkey from 2007 to 2011 and started her career at Crédit Agricole CIB. Eglantine Delmas is also member of the European Women on Boards (EWoB) since 2012. As a passionate leader, she is always striving to empower teams to deliver strategical, organizational & cultural transformation.
Charles-Henri de Taffin
Group Head of Legal, Contract Management & Compliance
Charles-Henri de Taffin received a Postgraduate Degree (DEA) in business law from the University of Paris X – Nanterre and a Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution from the University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas. He spent 9 years as business lawyer in the international law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, international contract law but also on arbitration and dispute resolution. In 2013, Charles-Henri joined the Legal department of the Atos group and particularly contributed, as Head of Legal Special & Strategic Projects, to the main acquisitions, financing and capital markets transactions, including Worldline’s IPO. In 2016, he became Deputy General Counsel for Atos France. Since July 2017, Charles-Henri is General Counsel, Head of Legal and Contract Management of Worldline.
Group Chief Technology & Operations Officer
Christophe Duquenne is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale in Paris. He joined the Atos group in 1987 where he has held numerous managerial positions including the business activities in Worldline France for six years, and the Merchant Service Global Business Line for three years. Christophe Duquenne has been appointed as the Group’s Chief Technology Officer in 2013 and Operations Officer in 2016.
Head of Mobility & e-Transactional Services (MTS) Global Business Line
Caroline Jéséquel has been working in Consulting and IT services for more than 25 years. She started her career in France in Sema Group, a leading French IT company, where she was responsible for selling Consulting and transformation programs for Tier 1 companies for 8 years. She then joined Atos holding two major positions in France, first as Sales manager, especially in Public Sector and Health, and then as Business Unit Manager. She joined Worldline in 2014 to develop MTS French business as Head of Sales, then as Chief Market Officer of MTS, a position she’s been leading successfully since 2020, managing MTS Sales development activities across France, The UK, Germany, Spain and Latam region. Caroline Jéséquel holds a Master of Management from the French high business school Institut Supérieur du Commerce.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Since the finalization of the acquisition of Ingenico in November 2020, Grégory Lambertie was a member of Worldline’s Executive Committee, in charge of Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Publics & Regulatory Affairs. Until November 2020, Grégory Lambertie was SVP Strategy and M&A at Ingenico since January 2018 after joining the company in 2015. He is a Board member of Payone GmbH, our joint-venture with the German Savings Banks. Grégory brings expertise in the financial services as well as tech industry and a track record of delivering complex deals. From 2011 until 2015, he was a Senior Banker at Ondra Partners, the independent investment bank. He was involved in many M&A, financing, and capital market operations in Europe, the United States and Africa. Grégory started his career within the M&A department of Lehman Brothers’ in London in 2001. In 2007, he joined Trilantic Capital Partners, the private equity fund, as a European Partner in charge of deals in the industrial, tech and healthcare services sectors. Grégory Lambertie is a graduate of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Paris) and of Sciences Po Paris Public Affairs School.
Chief People Officer and Head of Corporate Digital Acceleration
Philippe is a global executive leader with an international mindset and 25 years of experience in driving transformational change. Graduated from the French engineering and scientific high school Ecole Polytechnique as well as the French high school for the management of state affairs (ENA), he started as officer and engineer in the French Army and Defence Industry then served the French ministry of Finance in several management and operational roles, supporting the modernization of the tax administration. In 2009, he joined Atos where, as executive manager, he supported over the past decade the creation of a global leader in digital transformation, through his successive roles of General Secretary, Chief HR Officer, and Chief Digital and Transformation Officer, Head of Siemens Alliance. Philippe has also a broad intercultural experience having lived 10 years in Germany. He is passionate about people and technology.
Group Head of Communication, Marketing & Sales Performance
Pascal Mauzé is a graduate Engineer from IMT Atlantique and holds a Master degree from Université Paris-Dauphine. He has also studied international management at HEC, as well as professional coaching. From 1994 till 2017, he has held various Business Unit Management and Sales Management positions in LogicaCMG (now CGI), Cisco, Ingenico, Atos, and Accenture. He was appointed Worldline’s Head of Sales and Marketing in 2017, and, since 2020 he also looks after communications.
Head of Global Business Line Merchant Services and PAYONE CEO
Niklaus Santschi has worked in the cards and payments business for more than 25 years. In various management positions, he played a driving part in transforming the card business of the then Telekurs Group into a competitive European payment service provider. Niklaus Santschi became CEO of SIX Payment Services and a member of the Group Executive Board of SIX in 2011, in which capacity he was responsible for further expansion and ongoing internationalization of all payments and processing business and created a lasting foundation for SIX’ growth strategy. As part of his successful activity, he held various seats on boards of directors and international bodies in the payment business. From 2015 on, Niklaus Santschi acted as advisor and consultant for prestigious international companies, private equity firms and start-ups in the fintech and payment sectors. In January 2017, he took over as CEO at B+S Card Service GmbH, Frankfurt, which merged with the Kiel-based service provider PAYONE GmbH to create BS PAYONE GmbH, one of the leading European full-service providers for cashless payment solutions. After a further investor process, he merged BS PAYONE with Ingenico Payment Services GmbH and formed PAYONE a joint venture between Ingenico and DSV (Deutscher Sparkassenverlag), market leader in the DACH region. As CEO PAYONE he was member of the Ingenico Executive Committee.