A flexibly-structured, family-owned group
Sonepar USA is a member of the Sonepar group. Operating as a private, family-owned group since its inception,
Sonepar is supported by a network structure that mobilizes our specialists in each sector. At the group's helm is a close-knit management team
backed by a concentrated holding company structure.
A flexible organization,a family-owned private shareholder base
Sonepar's family shareholders and future shareholders are closely involved in the group and are encouraged to become
intimately acquainted with its business activities. Shareholders are active members of the Boards of Directors of group operating companies and
regularly attend annual general meetings and other Sonepar events. They actively support the growth policy pursued by the general management by
accepting a conservative dividend distribution policy.
An experienced board
In all, the eleven members of Sonepar's "Conseil d'Administration" have acquired 275 years of experience
in the world of business and 150 years of membership on corporate boards.
The "Conseil d'Administration" operates smoothly, with at least four meetings each year featuring
in-depth, well-structured presentations, useful discussions among members, and a regular flow of information between meetings.
Strict observance of corporate governance principles
The work of the audit and remuneration committees lays the groundwork for and feeds into full board meetings.
Particular attention is paid to the internal control mechanism adopted by the group and applied in all countries where it operates.
The group's deputy managing directors are responsible for running day-to-day operations and external business
Frank H. Lakerveld is in charge of operations and policy management for country entities, while François
Poncet runs the holding company, manages risk and exercises financial control over the different country structures.
This distribution of roles among general management allows the chairman and chief executive officer to concentrate
on the strategic decisions that are capital to the future of the group. Together, they are supported by a dedicated, flexible structure at the
holding company level, and by the network of specialists who sit on the international committees.