Admission Price: Free to attend
Speaker: Dominique Senequier, President, Ardian
"The importance of sharing success"
Dominique Senequier founded Ardian in 1996. In the following 20 years, the company has become a world class leader in private investments with $60bn under management. This could rightly be considered a story of business success, but, most importantly, it is also one of human success. In order to build a sustainable business, Dominique Senequier believes in the power of sharing success with colleagues, partners, employees and, of course, investors. For leaders at every level, there is a responsibility to allow others to achieve their own success. That is how everyone that matters to your business will continue alongside you on your entrepreneurial journey.
Dominique is internationally recognized as one of the predominant figures in the Private Equity world globally.
In 1972, she was one of seven women to be admitted to the École Polytechnique (founded by Napoleon), the first year where women were admitted. She also holds a DEA (post-graduate degree) in Banking and Monetary Economics from the Sorbonne University in Paris.
She began her career as an Insurance Commissioner for the French Ministry of Finance, where she worked from 1975 until 1980. She then joined the French insurance conglomerate, GAN, where she worked until 1996, in reinsurance, international development and private equity.
In 1996 she joined AXA Group and founded AXA’s private equity activity. Over the years, she forged around her a team that built the firm into a powerful player in the European and global private equity market. On September 30th, 2013, the private equity branch spun off from AXA Group and was renamed Ardian. At that time, Ardian managed 36 billion dollars in assets with a team of less than 300 employees in 10 offices worldwide. Today, Ardian reaches 55 billion dollars in assets under management, making it the biggest European private equity company and fourth worldwide. The company holds 12 offices and employs more than 430 salaries.
Ardian is a multi-award winning group: regularly awarded international prizes as a firm, its teams are often rewarded within their dedicated activities (Fund of Funds, Development, Infrastructure, integration of ESG practices ...).
Dominique Senequier herself is often recognized and named in the most famous worldwide rankings. Since 2012, she is ranked every year in Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Woman International List. To name a few: in 2012, she was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (most prestigious recognition in France); in October 2013, she was named in the Bloomberg Top 50 Most Influential People in the world in Money Managers category and she also won the award of the “Best Private Equity Personality of the Year”; in October 2014, she was ranked by Financial News in the FN100 Influential Women and ranked n°12 in the Fortune Most Powerful Women.
Her advice is highly sought by entrepreneurs, business people and investors. She is vice-president of the supervisory board of Hermès. Previously, she was a member of Schneider Electric’s supervisory board, an independent director on Hewlett Packard’s supervisory board and a non-executive member of the board of Compagnie Industriali Riunite, the Italian conglomerate. She is also a member of the Institute of Actuaries.
6:00 Registration (doors close at 6:45)