At Worldline, we believe in excellence across all business channels. The Executive Committee was developed to implement and advise on Worldline’s overall strategy and business projects for the benefit of its clients, shareholders, and employees. It is also charged with improving interaction and cooperation among the Group's three Global Business Lines and international business markets.
The composition of the Group's Executive Committee is as follows:
- Gilles Grapinet (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)
- Marc-Henri Desportes (Deputy CEO)
- Christophe Duquenne (Chief Technology & Operations Officer)
- Olivier Burger (Head of Human Resources)
- Eric Heurtaux (Chief Financial Officer)
- Michael Steinbach (Head of Global Business Line (GBL) Financial Services)
- Vincent Roland (Head of Global Business Line (GBL) Merchant Services)
- Pascal Mauzé (Head of Sales & Marketing)
- Charles-Henri de Taffin (General Counsel, Head of Legal, Compliance & Contract Management)
- Lisa Coleman (Head of Operational Performance)
- Wolf Kunisch (Head of Strategy, Public & Regulatory Affairs)
- Alessandro Baroni (Chief Market Officer of equensWorldline)
- Claude France (Head of Global Business Line (GBL) Mobility & e-transactional Services and Managing Director of RBL A)
- Marc Schluep (Managing Director of RBU G Switzerland)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Gilles Grapinet is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and a French Inspecteur Général des Finances (General Finance Inspector). He was Director of Information Systems and Strategy at the French Direction Générale des Impôts (Tax department), and Director of the Copernic program, charged with creating an “e-Tax department” for electronic filing of tax returns and payment of taxes. He was an economic and financial adviser to the French Prime Minister in 2003 and 2004, and then chief of staff (Directeur de cabinet) to two ministers of the Economy and Finances from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, he became a member of the Executive Committee of Crédit Agricole SA, in charge of Strategy and later of the Group’s Systems and Payment Services division. Mr. Grapinet joined Atos in December 2008. Until February 1st, 2019 he was the Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Global Functions of the Atos group, in which capacity he has headed Global Support Functions, ensured coordination and development of Global Sales and Marketing as well as of the Consulting and Technology Services division of the Atos group, and supervised development of the Group’s activities. Mr. Grapinet has been Worldline’s Chief Executive Officer since July 2013 and has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Worldline in November 2019. He received the French Légion d’Honneur (Chevalier) in 2011.
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 a member of the Executive Committee 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 was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2018.
Chief Market Officer of equensWorldline
Alessandro Baroni is Chief Business Divisions Officer and Deputy Head of Worldline Global Financial Services since March 2020. He was previously Chief Market Officer for Worldline Global 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 the 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 Human Resources Director
Olivier Burger is a graduate of SUPMECA and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He started his career in France at Renault in software development. After two years spent in Canada for the French Foreign affairs, he joined Alstom in the train division where he headed several operational positions in the field of fail-safe train control systems in France and in the United Kingdom. In 2004, he joined Orano to lead various Human Resources managerial positions in Global Business Units and then in charge of Talent & Reward for the Group. Olivier joined Atos in 2016 as Human Resources Senior Vice President of the Big Data & Security Division. He was also in charge of the WellBeing@Work and the Expert policy at Group level at Atos before joining Worldline in 2018 as Group Head of Human Resources. Olivier is a graduate of Supmeca and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.
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 2019, 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.
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.
Charles-Henri de Taffin
Head of Legal, Compliance and Contract Management
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.
Head of Global Business Line (GBL) Mobility & e-transactional Services and Managing Director of RBL A
Claude France is a graduate from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. She started her career in the telecom sector at Alcatel and joined the Atos group in 1988, where she held various operational and commercial positions. After having managed the French Financial Processing and Software Licensing business upon the creation of Worldline in 2004, she then directed for 5 years the strategy, the marketing and the business development of the Worldline Group. From July 2011 to April 2020, she manages the business of the Worldline Group in France. In April 2020, she was appointed Head of Mobility & e-Transactional Services (MTS) Global Business Line.
Chief Financial Officer
Eric Heurteaux is a graduate from Ecole des Mines de Paris and holds a Master of business Administration from INSEAD. He began his carrier at the Boston Consulting Group. For more than 12 years within the Atos group, he held several positions among which driving the group TOP program, enhancing Atos operational performance and conducting the integration of acquired companies in Atos, in particular Bull. Eric was previously Chief Financial Officer of Atos Big Data & Security (BDS) division, where he was responsible for strategic and financial planning, financial controlling and reporting, internal control, tax & corporate development. As Worldline Chief Financial Officer, he oversees the Company’s finance and accounting organizations and is also in charge of the Purchasing department.
Head of Strategy, Public & Regulatory Affairs
Wolf Kunisch is a graduate of the Technische Universität Berlin and of INSEAD’s Executive MBA program. He began his career as a project manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Stuttgart, Germany and in Paris. He joined the Atos group in 2000, where he performed management functions in innovative and international business development. In 2010 he was appointed as Managing Director of Atos Worldline in Germany and was made responsible for the group’s Financial Processing & Software Licensing global business line as well as its German and Eastern Europe geographical zones in 2014. In 2016 he became CEO and deputy CEO of equensWorldline. In March 2020 he was appointed as Head of Worldline Group Strategy, Public & Regulatory Affairs.
Head of Sales and Marketing
Pascal Mauzé is a graduate from IMT Atlantique and from Université Paris-Dauphine. He has also studied international management at HEC, as well as professional coaching. He started his career in 1994 as a consultant, and since 1999, has held various Business Unit Management and Sales Management positions in LogicaCMG (now CGI), Cisco and Ingenico, where he was Country Manager for France in 2005 and 2006. He then joined the Telecom division of Atos, and in 2012 he was asked to lead the Atos Group’s growth and industrialization program. In July 2015, he was recruited by Accenture to develop Energy & Utilities sales for France and Benelux. He was appointed Worldline’s Head of Sales and Marketing in 2017, where he has since been leading Worldline’s sales transformation and growth.
Managing Director for Merchant Services
Vincent Roland is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université de Louvain and holds a MBA degree from the Solvay Business School. He started his career with the Alcatel group, where he became Vice-President of the Microelectronics division. He then joined Banksys as General Manager, before Banksys was acquired by Atos Worldline. After having been Vice-Président of Atos Worldline for two years, he then joined First Data as Senior Vice-President for Europe, Middle-East and Africa. In 2010, he joins the Point group as Senior Vice-President. Following the acquisition of Point by VeriFone in 2011, he takes over the payment services business in the Verifone Executive Committee. In 2016 he re-joins Worldline as manager of the Merchant Services business line.
Managing Director for the Regional Business Unit, Switzerland
Marc Schluep is the Managing Director of Switzerland. Previously he was the CEO of SIX Payment Services after having been Head Corporate Development with responsibility for strategic development at SIX Group. He held the same position at SIX Group from 2004. Mr. Schluep’s professional career began at Arthur D. Little, an international management consulting firm, before he cofounded a strategic consultancy in which he acted as partner. Marc Schluep studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen and Stockholm School of Economics.
Managing Director for Financial Services and CEO equensWorldline
Michael Steinbach started his career in 1990 in the payments business, becoming director of DZ BANK AG (Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank AG), where he headed the payments, cards and trade finance department. In 2003 he was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Transaktionsinstitut fuer Zahlungsverkehrsdienstleistungen (TAI). With the creation of Equens in 2006, out of the merger between TAI and Interpay B.V, Mr. Steinbach was appointed as CEO of Equens SE. Since the incorporation of equensWorldline SE in October 2016 he is acting as CEO of this company. Being in this business for over 30 years Michael Steinbach has gained extensive experience in the payments, cards and digital payments business. He is member of the Worldline Executive Committee and Head of Global Business Line Financial Services of Worldline.