Jérôme Tolot to succeed Joël Lebreton as Chairman of the Supervisory Board

14th January 2021

In early 2020, Joël Lebreton announced his intention to step down at the end of his term as Chairman of Keolis' Supervisory Board in order to focus on personal projects, and on chairing of NGO Agrisud International in particular.

On 15 January 2021, Keolis' Supervisory Board met and warmly thanked him for his accomplishments as its Chairman over the past nine years, before appointing Jérôme Tolot (Group Administrator since October 2020) Chairman. 

Biography of Joël Lebreton

Joël Lebreton graduated in engineering from MINES ParisTech and began his career in 1974 with Soretur, an urban development agency based in the Rouen urban area. Following a period spent working with France’s Ministry for Road Infrastructure, he joined the Caisse des Dépôts group where he was involved in particular in setting up the semi-public transport management company for the Orléans urban area.

 In 1990, he founded Transdev and served as its Managing Director until 2008, before being appointed Chairman. In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board for Keolis, tasked with overseeing its growth.

 In particular, Joël Lebreton played a major role in bringing the tramway back to France. In the 1980s, he was involved in tramway projects in Nantes, Grenoble and Strasbourg, all pioneering cities in this field.

 Joël Lebreton is also highly involved in the charity sector. Since 2019, he has been chairman of Agrisud International, an NGO set up in 1992 (that he joined as administrator in 2014) which promotes and supports the development of small farming companies through agroecology. Agrisud International is involved in numerous initiatives to tackle poverty in around fifteen countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 He is also involved in a number of other charity and development organisations, such as Médecins du Monde and Habitat & Humanisme.

Biography of Jérôme Tolot

A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies with a postgraduate diploma in economics and an MBA from INSEAD, Jérôme Tolot joined Lyonnaise des Eaux in 1982 having begun his career at consultancy firm McKinsey and Indosuez bank. 

He was then successively appointed deputy CEO of Degrémont, CEO of the GTM and Vinci groups, and then Chairman and CEO of SITA. In 2002, he was appointed deputy CEO and member of the Management Board of SUEZ.

From 2005 to 2017, he was Managing Director of SUEZ Énergie Services, which became ENGIE Énergie Services, and then deputy CEO and member of ENGIE's Management Board.

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