Our executive committee

Arval Executive Committee

Alain van Groenendael's pictureAlain van Groenendael – Chairman & CEO

Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO of Arval in January 2019, Alain van Groenendael held various positions at BNP Paribas Personal Finance. From 2008, he was Board member and Deputy Chief Executive Officer before becoming Chairman in 2015. In the same year, he joined the Management Committees of International Financial Services and Retail Banking at BNP Paribas Group. By forging strategic partnerships and driving digital transformation, he played a key role in the international development of the group.

 

Bart Beckers's pictureBart Beckers - Chief Commercial Officer

Bart Beckers became Chief Commercial Officer of Arval in 2013 after 2 years serving as General Manager of Arval UK. Prior to joining Arval in 2011, he had gained considerable experience in the vehicle leasing sector. He was Sales and Marketing Manager at Hertz Rent-a-Car BELUX, General Manager of LeaseConcept Belgium, and Head of LeasePlan France, where he successfully oversaw a major restructuring initiative.

 

Stefano Berlenghi's pictureStefano Berlenghi - Global Operations

After joining Arval in 1999, Stefano Berlenghi worked in sales and marketing in Italy and Spain, before becoming General Manager of Arval India. He returned to Italy in 2014, working his way up to General Manager Arval Italy, Networks & Business Development. In his current role since 2019, he is responsible for Arval’s global activities in Aftermarket Networks, Vehicle & Logistics, Customer & Driver Care, and Services, as well as several transversal initiatives.

 

Bernard Blanco's pictureBernard Blanco – Human Resources Director

Bernard Blanco began working in Human Resources over 30 years ago. In 2002, he joined the Group as HR Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate France Advisory. For the next 12 years, he worked his way up BNP Paribas Real Estate to become Deputy Managing Director in Italy and Head of International Alliances. Following a 2-year period as Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas, he assumed his current position as Human Resources Director in 2016.

 

Eric Boutitie's pictureEric Boutitie – Chief Risk Officer

After beginning his career in government, Eric Boutitie joined Paribas in 1994, working in sectorial analysis and risk. Following the creation of BNP Paribas in 2000, he was appointed to Group Risk Management. For the next 15 years, he headed different teams in charge of risk analysis and risk anticipation within BNP Paribas. In 2017, he became Chief Risk Officer at Arval. His responsibilities include analysing existing and emerging risks, and their consequences on the business model.

 

François-Xavier Castille's pictureFrançois-Xavier Castille – Managing Director, International

François-Xavier Castille joined Arval in 2000, becoming General Manager for the company in Portugal, Spain and then France. In 2018, he was appointed Managing Director, International. His responsibilities include coordinating and developing Arval’s activities worldwide, managing Global Operations, Strategic Sourcing and piloting the company’s IT platforms.

 

 

Grégoire Chové's pictureGrégoire Chové - Managing Director, Europe

Grégoire Chové began his career at Arval in 1999, working mainly in sales. He spent over 10 years establishing and developing Arval International Business Office (IBO) and Arval Sales. In 2012, he was appointed General Manager of Arval Italy, helping the subsidiary to reach the 200,000-vehicle milestone. He moved to his current role in July 2019. Today, he helps develop and create synergies between Arval’s business in France, Spain, UK and Italy.

 

 

Christophe Conegero's pictureChristophe Conégéro – Chief of staff to the CEO and Business Transformation Director

Christophe Conégéro has been with Arval since 2004, when he joined as Head of Financial Control. Over the next 15 years, he took on a range of directorial positions, including Retail Sales, Remarketing, post acquisition Integration Programme, and New Businesses. Since January 2019, he has worked closely with the Arval CEO in his role as Chief of Staff. Based on the CEO’s priorities, he is responsible for streamlining activities and acting as a facilitator with Arval executives and stakeholders. Christophe Conégéro is also Director of Business Transformation, in charge of quality, control, process and their robotics automation, and the implementation of plan of the strategy.

 

Agnes Dutot's pictureAgnès Dutot - Head of Compliance

Agnès Dutot was appointed Arval Head of Compliance on October 31st, 2020. In her career of more than 30 years at BNP Paribas, she has held various positions in Finance. Previously, she was Global Head of Compliance at Leasing Solutions. In the 30 countries where Arval operates, Agnès Dutot is now responsible for ensuring, with her team, the financial security of the company, professional ethics and the protection of client interests.

 

Jean-Baptiste Faure's pictureJean-Baptiste Faure - Chief Information Officer

Jean-Baptiste Faure has over 20 years of experience leading technology and transformation programmes in the insurance sector. Prior to joining Arval in 2019, he held several positions for AXA Group, working in Portugal, France and Hong Kong. In 2013, he was appointed AXA Assistance CIO, then Leader of Digital and Operations Transformation. In 2016, he became Group Chief Information Officer of the newly created entity AXA Partners.

 

 

Thibault Lavigne's pictureThibault Lavigne - Development and Strategic Partnerships Director

After joining Arval in 2007, Thibault Lavigne successively held the positions of Management Control Director, Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer before assuming his new role of Development and Strategic Parnerships Director in February 2020. Today, he represents Arval’s Executive Committee with its major partners, coordinating the many partnership projects within the 30 countries where Arval operates and exploring new development opportunities.

 

 

Grégory Libre's pictureGrégory Libre – Commercial Performance Director

Grégory Libre joined Arval France as Head of Sales Administration in 1996, progressing to Head of Strategic Accounts, Marketing Director, and Sales and Marketing Director. As Commercial Performance Director since April 2019, he is responsible for providing the right tools for the right customers with the right people. He supports sales managers to find the most effective way to address their customers’ needs.

 

 

Stéphane de Marnhac's pictureStéphane de Marnhac - Chief Financial Officer

Since joining BNP Paribas in 1990, Stéphane de Marnhac has worked in structured finance, auditing and inspection, financing for M&A operations, and financing for corporate acquisitions. From 2012, he was Head of Investor Relations and Financial Information for the BNP Paribas Group. He moved into his current position as Chief Financial Officer of Arval in February 2020.

 

 

Emilie Wirth's pictureEmilie Wirth – Retail Director

After she joined Arval in 1999, Emilie held various positions from business manager to Head of International Business development in 2014, before taking up the position of Mid Term Rental Director in 2018. Emilie is a graduate of SKEMA business School and holds a certificate of Digital Leadership Management from ESSEC Business School.

 

 

 

Christelle Pailles pictureChristelle Paillès – Communications & CSR Director

Christelle Paillès joined Arval in 2010 as Communications Manager. In 2019, she was appointed Communications Director, reporting directly to Alain Van Groenendael. She is also a member of the Arval Management Committee. With her team, Christelle Paillès oversees all aspects of the company’s international communications and corporate social responsibility strategy, internally and externally, and supports countries in delivering the right messages and brand image in their respective markets. Since 2020, she is also Arval Engagement director, whose goal is to inspire a positive impact culture within Arval and spread the company’s ambitious CSR Strategy.

 

Hugo Salaun's pictureHugo Salaun - Chief Marketing Officer

Hugo Salaun joined the BNP Paribas Group in 2014, becoming the European Head of Payment Strategy and Innovation. In 2017 he joined Arval and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer. His responsibilities include planning, developing, implementing and monitoring the overall business marketing strategy. His endeavours also comprise Arval Digital Strategy. 

 

 

Marie-Laure Soulaine's pictureMarie-Laure Soulaine – Head of Legal

The early years of Marie-Laure Soulaine’s career were spent gaining experience in Paris-based legal firms. In 2006, she moved into Financial Services, working as Senior Legal Advisor and then Head of Legal at GE Capital France. Marie-Laure Soulaine joined Arval in her current role in 2015. She is responsible for implementing the integrated legal function across Arval’s 30 countries, as well as managing legal teams and monitoring legal risks.