Unigrains, an agri-food and agro-industry specialised investor, has appointed Eric Thirouin as President and Maxime Vandoni as CEO.
Eric Thirouin is President of the AGPB (a professional organisation of grain growers) since 2019 and a Unigrains Board Member since 2018.
Vandoni is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in large consumer goods companies, at the helm of agri-food and cooperative groups, and in the world of renewable energies.
They respectively succeed Philippe Pinta and Jean-François Laurain, both warmly thanked by the Board of Directors for their decisive actions and their implication in the company’s success.
These appointments are the culmination of a governance renewal process, carried out in continuity with the mutual values shared between Unigrains and its agriculture shareholders.
Jean-François Laurain will ensure a transition period of a few months with the new CEO.
Thirouin and Vandoni will seek to strengthen Unigrains’ position as the reference partner for agri-food companies, while also working to reinforce the essential ties between agriculture and the agri-food industry.
In order to always provide the best possible support for Unigrains’ partner companies in their projects, they will pay particular attention to international development as well as the deployment of the CSR-ESG policy, recently formalised around “sustainable agriculture and responsible companies committed to well-being”.
Thirouin says: “Presiding over Unigrains and ensuring the values that have driven the company, since its creation nearly 60 years ago by French grain growers, is an important responsibility. It is thanks to the team’s expertise and recognized know-how, that we will pursue and amplify Unigrains’ action, in France and abroad, in service of the sustainable development of our agri-food sector.”
Vandoni adds: “It is with enthusiasm and conviction that I bring my experience in support of the action of Unigrains, a strategic agri-food investor, and of its teams, fully aware of the importance of the development projects we will support over the long-term in an environment marked by major social, environmental and economic changes.”