Bruno Bézard

Managing Partner at Cathay Capital Private Equity SAS

Bruno Bézard

Bruno Bézard

Managing Partner at Cathay Capital Private Equity SAS

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Cathay Capital Private Equity SAS

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Member-Supervisory Board & Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Orange Polska SA

Group General Counsel at Peugeot SA

Executive Director, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Bank of Cyprus Holdings Plc

Executive Director at International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Chief of Staff, Minister Delegate for Budget at Government of France

Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations

Chief Executive Officer at Imerys SA

Chief Marketing Officer at Intersec SA

Chief Executive Officer at Groupe Artémis

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Société Air France SA

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Managing Partner at Cathay Capital Private Equity SAS

The École Polytechnique (commonly known as Polytechnique or by the nickname X) is a French public institution of higher education and research, located in Palaiseau near Paris. Polytechnique is considered to be the most selective and prestigious of the French Grandes écoles,[2][3] and is renowned for its four-year[4] undergraduate-postgraduate « Ingénieur Polytechnicien » degree in science and engineering.[5] Known for its extremely competitive entrance examination, students are usually admitted after two years of highly selective university-level preparation in mathematics and physics. In addition to the 2,000 polytechnic engineer students, the institution welcomes about 439 master students and 572 doctoral students, for a total enrollment of 2,900.[1] Polytechnique was established in 1794 by the mathematician Gaspard Monge during the French Revolution,[6] and became a military academy under Napoleon I in 1804. Today, the institution still runs under the supervision of the French ministry of Defence. Initially located in the Latin Quarter of central Paris, the establishment was moved in 1976 to Palaiseau on the Saclay Plateau, southwest of Paris.[7] Polytechnique is a founding member of ParisTech, a grouping of leading Paris-area engineering colleges established in 2007. It joins in 2014 as a founding member and as the head of pluridisciplinary technology and innovation institute the confederal "University of Paris in Saclay". Since 1995, Polytechnique has admitted a significant number of international applicants to its polytechnic engineer program,[8][9] and 20% of each cohort are foreign students.[10] Polytechnique is ranked among the best universities in the world. Among its alumni are two Nobel Prize winners, one Fields Medalist, three Presidents of France and many CEOs of French and international companies. It could be seen as France's MIT for its leading role in the formation of technology innovators and company leaders.

National School of Administration, a public service vocation school and national application, European and international.

Career History
Managing Partner
2016 - Current

Cathay Capital PE is an active manager which invests in French mid-size companies and Chinese companies seeking a European foothold. They invest in a range of sectors including retail, consumer goods, electrical protection, medical devices and pharmacy and animal healthcare. Their geographic focus is on France and China.The firm assists their investee companies to define and execute development strategies in Europe and China by providing knowledge of the Chinese market to European companies and knowledge of the European market to Chinese companies.Cathay Capital PE participates in a variety of transaction types including minority or majority stakes, capital increases, leveraged buy-outs and shareholding restructuring. They provide their investee companies with financial engineering skills and business expertise and help investee managers overcome cultural barriers to create and develop new opportunities due to a better understanding of local development risks and alternatives.

Managing Director
2007 - Prior
Executive Officer

Dexia SA engages in the provision of banking, financial, and insurance services. Its solutions include portfolio distribution and portfolio management strategy. It's also manages residual assets in run off. The company was founded on July 15, 1996 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

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Alternate Member, Board of Governors

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development provides project financing for the financial sector from central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. It provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses, both new ventures and investments in existing companies. The company also provides loan and equity finance, guarantees, leasing facilities and trade finance. European Bank for Reconstruction & Development was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Government Nominee, Board of Directors

GDF SUEZ develops its businesses (power, natural gas, services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 219,300 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €97 billion in 2012. The Group is listed on the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone, Vigeo World 120, Vigeo Europe 120 and Vigeo France 20.

Member-Supervisory Board
Prior - 2016
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Alternate Member, Board of Governors

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. We utilize and leverage our products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges. Clients view IFC as a provider and mobilizer of scarce capital, knowledge, and long-term partnerships that can help address critical constraints in areas such as finance, infrastructure, employee skills, and the regulatory environment. IFC is also a leading mobilizer of third-party resources for its projects. Our willingness to engage in difficult environments and our leadership in crowding-in private finance enable us to extend our footprint and have a development impact well beyond our direct resources.


European Financial Stability Facility SA operates as a supranational temporary crisis resolution mechanism. The company was founded on June 7, 2010 and is headquartered in Luxembourg.

Member, Supervisory Board
Prior - 2016

Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations (CDC) is a French government agency which engages in missions of public interest and operates on behalf of central, regional, and local governments in France.Established in 1816 and based in Paris with a network of regional offices, the CDC group comprises specialized financial subsidiaries, which invest public funds and reintegrate their financial results in the group's activities. The group invests in public and semi-public projects including subsidized housing, companies formed with local governments for urban development, regional development projects, support to research institutions, etc. They also manage pension plans for government employees who are not part of the civil service system. They have significant stakes in government-linked insurance and real estate companies, passenger transportation groups, engineering companies, infrastructure operations and leisure resorts.The firm serves as an investment manager for the government and oversees tax-exempt funds collected by savings banks. They manage portfolios of shares in listed companies (including enterprises of strategic interest), private equity and real estate. CDC manages the French part of the venture capital operations of the EIB-European Investment Bank.CDC had a key role in setting up France's carbon reduction program in 2005, and manages the French carbon credit program.

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Dexia SA raised money in a private placement transaction