Advisor to the Board of Directors
Caroline Grégoire-Sainte Marie
Carole Grégoire-Sainte Marie

Expertise and experience

Born in 1957, Caroline Grégoire-Sainte Marie is a graduate of Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and of the Université de Droit de Paris I. She also took part in the international management programs (INSEAD – IMD) organized by Hoechst/Roussel and Lafarge.

She began her career in 1981 at Rank Xerox France as Management Controller. In 1987, she joined pharmaceutical company Hoechst where she occupied various financial/management positions, before being made Financial Director and member of the Executive Board of Albert Roussel Pharma GmbH in 1994. In 1996, Caroline Grégoire-Sainte Marie was appointed Director of Finance and IT at Volkswagen France where she became a member of the Management Committee.

She then joined the Lafarge group in 1997, as Financial, Legal and Development Officer and a member of the Management Committee of Lafarge Specialty Products. In 2000, she became Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department, a member of the Management Board of Lafarge Cement, a member of the International Operating Committee and a member of the Boards of Directors of Materis SA and Lafarge India. In 2004, she was appointed Chair and CEO of Lafarge Cement in Germany and the Czech Republic, and she became a member of the Board of Directors of Präsidium BDZ/VDZ. From 2007 to 2009, she was Chair and CEO of Tarmac France and Belgium, part of the Anglo-American Plc group. She is also Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Fédération de l'Industrie du Béton (FIB). Between 2009 and 2011, Caroline Grégoire-Sainte Marie was Chair of FransBonhomme, the French leading distributor of plastic pipes and fittings.

She has been an independent Director of Groupama since 2011 and of the FLSmidth and Eramet groups since 2012.


Current offices

  • Safran: None


  • Non-Group:
    • Director: FLSmidth & Co(1) (Denmark) (also a member of the Technology Committee); Eramet(1) (also a member of the Audit Committee); Groupama (also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of the Compensation and Appointments Committee)


(1) Listed company

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