Sonepar Switches Executive Leadership in France

Benoît Pédoussaut

Jérôme Malassigné

The Sonepar Group announced that Benoît Pédoussaut has been appointed Group Business Development Director, and Jérôme Malassigné has been appointed President at Sonepar France.

  • Benoît Pédoussaut, currently President at Sonepar France, has been appointed Group Business Development Director. He will be responsible for Acquisitions and the Group’s strategic plan.
  • Jérôme Malassigné, currently Chief Strategic Marketing and Sourcing Officer & APAC (Asia Pacific) Operations, has been appointed President at Sonepar France. He will succeed Benoît Pédoussaut in this role and will continue to be in charge of Sonepar International Services.

Philippe Delpech, Chief Executive Officer of Sonepar, commented: “Sonepar’s growth and financial performance over the last three years have been remarkable. With revenue of €24 billion, the Group is the world leader in the distribution of electrical equipment. Nevertheless, although we generate almost 90% of our revenue abroad, our roots and our shareholding base remain in France.

“The appointment of Jérôme Malassigné is a major step forward in the development of Sonepar France. Following several years of investing in logistics, IT and digital infrastructures, and the distribution network, including the creation of Sonepar Connect, the focus will now shift to rapidly improving customer service and productivity.

“I would like to thank Benoît for his leadership over the past five years.”

Malassigné is a graduate of INSEEC, holds a master’s degree in Finance from IAE Tours, France, and completed his management studies at INSEAD, Darden and Wharton in the United States.

Malassigné began his career at Otis, where he held several management positions, firstly as Regional Manager East France, before becoming Managing Director Belgium in 2004, Managing Director Netherlands in 2008, and Area Director Benelux in 2012. In 2004, he became Chief Operating Officer at Otis Service France.

In 2015, he joined Bureau Veritas as Senior Vice President, North East Europe and Russia, with responsibility for 14 countries ranging from Germany to Russia. A year later, in 2016, he was appointed Executive Vice President, North Asia, covering China, South Korea, and Taiwan.

In 2019, he joined Sonepar as Chief Strategic Marketing and Sourcing Officer & APAC (Asia Pacific) Operations.

Pédoussaut is a graduate of ESC Toulouse, and holds a degree in marketing from IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management. Before joining Sonepar, he was Executive Director at La Poste group, responsible for the postal service in Western France, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Docapost, a La Poste group subsidiary specializing in outsourced document management for businesses. Prior to this, he spent five years at Hilti as Director of Distribution Networks, after 13 years at Essilor in management positions in Asia and France. He joined Sonepar in 2014 as President of Sonepar France.

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