Board of directors

Jean-Michel Sylvestre

Jean Michel SylvestreJean-Michel Sylvestre, Chairman & CEO, founded Compagnie du Charmont in May 2008 to bring his renewable energy experience to the forestry and biomass value chain.
A successful entrepreneur with Société Française d’Eoliennes which he co-founded in 2001 and sold in December 2007 as the leading French wind power operator, he gained a first hand experience in the local development problematic involving landowners, government and regulator as well as maintaining an active interest in the broader carbon market.
He is also directeur général of Vent d’Est, a 16MW wind park operator in France.
As an institutional stockbroker with Société Générale and Evolution Securities in Frankfurt, New York and London, he sharpened his global macro economic analysis advising on European Emerging markets opportunities and corporate valuation while picking value stocks in Europe.Mr Sylvestre, a French national, graduated from Reims Management School and attended the Northeastern U. Boston summer course on economies in transition in 1994. He is married and the father of four. He is also a fluent German speaker.

David Hallam

David HallamDavid Hallam has a degree in Geography from Southampton University and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Wye College, London University.
He has an extensive and successful experience in analyzing and investing in smaller and larger listed companies of the food and support services sector.
He currently works with PSigma Asset Management, a UK equity research analyst, a position he holds since 2008. He has 29 years experience gathered at Evolution (Williams de Broë) and Montaguy Loebl facing institutional investors and top management of listed corporates globally.
Charmont is pleased to rely on his decision-making track record and corporate governance discipline in addition to his skills and interest in the agriculture business.

Loïc Guyot

Loïc GuyotLoïc Guyot joined the Financial Management team within the insurance holding of a Bank-Insurance group, after working within the Asset&Liabilities management department at both Société Générale and Natexis where he was responsible for interest rates and liquidity risk modeling.

As a Deputy Finance Director over the last 10 years, he has successfully accomplished several missions aiming to improve and reorganize the Management of the Finance function:
- Implementation of a new method of assets/liabilities management derived from banking techniques and a new balance sheet hedging policy
- Project Manager in charge of the transition to the new IFRS accounting rules and responsible for the management of its operational implementation as head of consolidation service
- Definition and implementation of the delay reduction process of month-end accounting closing, working with the Director, then in charge of the Group’s accounting Department including the Consolidation team.

Experts committee

Peter Hauber

Peter Hauber is a Managing Director at Klenk Holz AG, one of the largest companies in the sawmilling and woodworking industry.

Its five plants, mainly supplied by its own timber harvesting company, make Klenk Holz rank number 1 in Germany and among the top 5 in Europe, with sales in excess of €500 million.

Mr Hauber has 18 years of experience in the sawmill and wood industry, and brings to Charmont his extensive market knowledge. As part of his responsibilities, he opened up the North American market to German exporters, and established wood trade flows between Europe and Japan in the 90s.

Mr Hauber graduated from Manheim University in Germany. A German national and the father of four, he is a fluent French and English speaker.

Marie Gal

Marie GalMarie Gal joined Charmont in December 2009 as Development Manager. She identifies investment opportunities in Europe in the wood pellet sector.

She lived several years in South Korea and Yemen where she worked as event manager. Previously, she was Product Manager in multimedia companies specialising in geographic information systems (Mappy and Vivendinet).

Marie is a graduate of Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC) and obtained an MBA (marketing) at Laval University in Canada in 1997.

Commercial Coordination

Carole Sallée-Laisné

Carole Sallée-LaisnéCarole Sallée-Laisné joined in June 2009 as Charmont’s Office Manager to provide the team with marketing and organisational support. She used to work at Paris as event manager for large corporates and then as commercial assistant in retail and medical industries. She brings relevant client management expertise to the team. Now in Luxembourg, she is in charge as SaarLorLux Energy Coordinator of facilitating the implementation of Company of Charmont’s administrative and commercial projects. She is also in charge of the corporate relations with environment administrations, governmental agencies in energy and industrial industries, agricultural and forest organisations. She is the representative for Luxembourg, Sarre, Lorraine, Alsace and Champagne areas.

Mrs Sallée-Laisné graduated from the University of Tours (France) in 1997 with a BA in History of Art, and obtained in 1999 a Master’s degree from the School of Economics, Art and Communication (EAC) in Paris.