Governance

An independent family-owned company with a long-term commitment

Poclain’s governance is the organization and the rules set up to run the company. The governance ensures to the company stakeholders (customers, management, employees, shareholders, suppliers, bankers, local communities, and educational institutions) that their interests are satisfied and that the requirements of the legal and regulatory environment are met. The rules of governance and management (responsibilities, delegations, decision-making, communication, supervision, audits…) help control the risks associated with the work performed anywhere within the company.

Laurent BATAILLE
Laurent BATAILLE
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD and CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Laurent BATAILLE joined Poclain Hydraulics in 1985 after several years in Irak for the construction group Dumez, at the time when his father Pierre BATAILLE took over the company.

He became General Manager in 1992, then Chairman of the Board and CEO in 2002 and successfully conducted the Group to where it is today.

A graduated engineer from the French construction engineering school ESTP as well as from Columbia University, he devotes part of his time in high-level engagements within professional organizations such as FIM (Federation of Mechanical Industries), UIMM (French Management Leader Association), UTC (Technical University of Compiegne, France) and EDC (Enterpreneur Association).

Guillaume BATAILLE
Guillaume BATAILLE
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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Guillaume BATAILLE integrated the group in 1997, to carry out the implementation of the cornerstone of one of our current ERPs and the financing of our 1st LMBO. After 4 years in the United States and 3 years to lead the Group Sales, he became Executive Vice-President in charge of the Business Development.

He was nominated General Manager in 2009, then COO in 2015.

Following a Master in management from Dauphine University, France and a civil service assignment in Chicago, USA, he launched his career with the creation of a start-up in the multimedia arena, then continued within a large retail group.

Jérôme BATAILLE
Jérôme BATAILLE
DIRECTOR EXTERNAL GROWTH
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Jérôme BATAILLE is currently Director in charge of External Growth opportunities for Poclain group, after having occupied the positions of Sourcing Director, then Projects Director during many years.

A graduated engineer from ESTACA (Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile) and holding a Master degree in Economical Sciences, he represents Poclain Group within the CETOP professional association (Comité Européen des transmissions Oléohydrauliques et Pneumatiques), our union ARTEMA and PROMEO.

He is also very active at the local level in several associations in Picardie, among them "Réseau Entreprendre Picardie" which helps entrepreneurs to start or take over business activities.

Alain LEPRINCE
Alain LEPRINCE
COMPANY SECRETARY
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Alain LEPRINCE took over the management in 1998 of the European sales organization, then of the Group Sales of Poclain Hydraulics a year after .

Becoming Company Secretary in 2006, he since then contributes to the extended implementation of a structured governance of the company, on the Corporate as well as on the operational side, to accompany the growth.

A graduated engineer from the French mechanical engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris and with a Master in Finance from HEC Business School, he developed his career within family businesses offering high-value added products or services on global markets (ao. China, Finland, Jordan, USA).

Stéphane RAKOTOARIVELO
Stéphane RAKOTOARIVELO
STRATEGY AND GROUP INNOVATION DIRECTOR
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Stéphane RAKOTOARIVELO joined Poclain Hydraulics in January 2012 after more than 12 years in various R&D and Marketing positions within a large Swedish corporation, in France, UK, USA and Sweden.

Since his arrival in the group, he devotes his time in the strategy and its deployment, as well as all the aspects of R&D, marketing and innovation in products and systems.

With Masters from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and IFL Stockholm School of Economics, he also coaches the company along its strategy-building process, to strengthen its growth and profitability within an ever-more competitive environment.

Denis GREDER
Denis GREDER
GROUP SALES DIRECTOR
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Denis GREDER is responsible for the Group Sales since January 2007 and coordinates the sales activities of our 20 sales business units around the world as well as transverse sales management for global accounts and commercial truck business. He also manages the Group‘s after-sales and application engineering support.

Following positions in sales and marketing at Copeland Corp (Emerson Electric Group) in Germany and Belgium, Denis GREDER joined Poclain Hydraulics in 1998 as Manager for Distributors and Direct Accounts.

He then moved on in 2001 to Global Accounts Manager and in 2004 to North Europe Area Sales Manager. He earned an MBA degree from ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), France.

Olivier DION
Olivier DION
DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS
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Olivier DION, a graduated mechanical engineer from Arts & Métiers, joined Poclain Hydraulics in 2001, after several years of experience in the automotive sector, in France and abroad, within Faurecia, General Motors, Valeo and Johnson Controls.

He built his expertise through the turnaround and start-up of manufacturing production sites, for various components such as mufflers, automatic shifting units, pumps, radiators and door panels.

After 4 years as a Group Industrial Manager, he became Quality Director, then Industrial Director for Pumps and Valves and is now Director of all our Industrial Operations since 2010.

Hervé CLARET
Hervé CLARET
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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Hervé CLARET joined Poclain group in May 2014.

He started his career in the banking sector, in France and within various foreign countries, then occupied several CFO positions in international industrial mid-cap businesses, among them the Markem-Imaje group.

He has developed during more than 20 years a broad experience of all aspects of Corporate Finance, in particular in the area of mergers and acquisitions, as well as growth strategy. Hervé CLARET holds a Master degree from the French HEC business school.

Alain EVERBECQ
Alain EVERBECQ
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
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Alain EVERBECQ arrived in Poclain Hydraulics in 2003 as a Director of Human Resources and Health and Safety matters for the group.

Graduated from Sciences-Po Paris (School of Political Sciences) and from Paris-Dauphine University, he has held various positions linked to Human Resources during more than 20 years in the industry, in particular within automotive suppliers such as Labinal (Valeo) and Carnaud Metal Box.

He brings to all divisions of Poclain group his expertise in management and in social and international relationships among the industrial world.

Markus RAUCHHAUS
Markus RAUCHHAUS
DIRECTOR NORTH AMERICA
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Markus Rauchhaus joined Poclain in 2013 with more than twenty years of experience managing companies in the automotive, machinery, consumer products, and lifting equipment industries. His experience includes working in diverse geographical areas, such as the Americas, Asia and Europe. 

With a Master in Mechanical Engineering and a Certification in Business Management, Markus Rauchhaus provides expertise in business development, improving company results, and in launching and driving new activities worldwide.  

As Director for the North America Region, Markus is based in Sturtevant, WI. He is in charge of all operations as well as commercial aspects for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Bertrand GAYDON
Bertrand GAYDON
DIRECTOR ASIA-PACIFIC
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Bertrand GAYDON joined Poclain Hydraulics in 2006, after more than 15 years at the steel manufacturer Usinor, then Arcelor, where he held several positions in production, quality and sales in several countries in Europe, North and South America.

Initially sales manager Asia-Pacific, he was appointed Director Asia-Pacific in 2010 and is based in Shanghai. He is in charge of sales in China, Japan, South Korea, ASEAN countries, Australia, New-Zealand ; the Shanghai plant is also under his supervision.

A graduated engineer from Ecole Centrale de Paris, he brings to the group an in-depth knowledge of foreign cultures on all continents.

Pascal BARTEK
Pascal BARTEK
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC SOURCING AND SUPPLY CHAIN
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Pascal BARTEK joined the French manufacturing plant of Poclain Hydraulics in 2001, after several years in various logistics positions held within a German automotive supplier.

Since 2006, he has set up and managed the Group Supply Chain, organizing flows and inventories within the worldwide network of 8 manufacturing plants of Poclain Hydraulics and its related vendors.

He recently sponsored with success the implementation of our new eBusiness-Suite ERP on all industrial sites, part of our SI+ program, for all Supply Chain, Planning, Sourcing and Manufacturing aspects. Pascal is graduated from Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, with a major in mechanical technology and production engineering.