Role and missions
The Executive Committee sets objectives, manages strategic projects, determines priorities and necessary resources. It ensures that decisions are implemented.
Composition of the Executive Committee
Our Executive Committee has ten members. The Heads of the main Departments report to the Chief Executive Officer, Méka Brunel.
Méka Brunel is a business leader in the real estate industry. She is an ETP engineer, an Executive MBA from HEC and FRICS. As of 1996 she held a range of management positions at Simco, which later merged with Gecina. In 2006, she became Chief Executive Officer of Eurosic, before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2009 as Executive President of its European real estate activities. She has been a Director at Gecina since 2014 and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Fully involved in corporate life and professional bodies (Director of Crédit Foncier de France, honorary Chair of the HQE Association - France GBC, Director of FSIF and EPRA), Méka Brunel was appointed in October 2017 to chair the Métropole du Grand Paris (Greater Paris metropolitan authority) development board. She was also named Professional of the Year in the 2013 and 2018 Pierres d’Or awards.
A Dauphine and Sorbonne graduate, with a postgraduate DESS in banking and finance, as well as a postgraduate DESCF in accounting and finance, Nicolas Dutreuil began his career at KPMG Audit, before moving to the Investment Banking Department at Calyon, where he stayed from 1999 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was Head of Operations and Finance for Dolmea Real Estate, then Head of Investment Banking at Crédit Suisse. From 2009 to 2013, Nicolas Dutreuil was Deputy Finance Director at Icade, where his responsibilities included mergers-acquisitions, financing, cash management and investor relations. Nicolas Dutreuil joined Gecina in September 2013 as Chief Financial Officer before becoming Deputy CEO in charge of Finance in march 2019.
Frédéric Vern is a Rouen University (private law), Leuven University (European commercial law) and Sciences-Po Paris graduate, a qualified attorney and an associate professor at Sciences-Po Paris. Following several years as a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2002-2007) and Mayer Brown (2007-2010), he joined Ivanhoé Cambridge Europe in May 2010, serving as Vice President Legal Affairs Europe. In 2017, Frédéric Vern joined Gecina to head up all corporate and real estate legal functions, as well as the Board’s secretary’s office. He has been appointed General Secretary on 1st March 2019. has been appointed General Secretary, in charge of the legal department and the Board secretary’s office. He also oversees Gecina’s company foundation.
A graduate of ESSEC, Thibault Ancely boasts more than 15 years' experience in the finance and real estate sectors. In 2001, he joined Capital One Bank where he held various positions in Paris, London and Milan, before joining Unibail-Rodamco in 2005 as Investment Director for its Office division. In 2007, he joined Horizon Investment Management as Country Head – Director for the French market, to which he still has ties. After the sale of Horizon Investment Management to multi-class asset manager Henderson Global Investors in 2012, and the takeover of its real estate business by US pension fund TIAA-CREF in 2014, he became Chairman of TH Real Estate for France. Thibault Ancely joined Gecina in 2016 as Executive Director, Investment and Development.
Valérie Britay has an MBA and a DESS in marketing from Paris-Dauphine University, and more than 30 years' experience in corporate real estate. Since 2005 at Unibail-Rodamco, she has held positions as Sales Director, then as Deputy Managing Director of the Office division, before being appointed Managing Director Retail France. She joined Gecina in July 2017 as Executive Director of its Office division.
Holder of a DEA in energy economics from Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP School), followed by a Masters in Real Estate Management Immobilier from ESSEC, Sabine Desnault began her career at Renault in 1996 as Project Manager in the Real Estate Division until 2008. She then joined Nexity Group as Director of Sustainable Development and innovation coordinator before moving to Stimergy in 2015 as Deputy Managing Director in charge of development and marketing. In 2016, she founded Innawak, a business development consultancy for regional and local sustainable innovation. Sabine Desnault joined Gecina in September 2018 as Executive Director R&D, Innovation and CSR.
Holder of a DESS in Human Resources Management from the University of Dijon and a DEA in Economics and Human Resources from the Paris University I, she has 24 years' experience in the field of human resources at major French groups. She worked at Suez Environnement and Italcementi Group, before joining Technip in 2008 where she was successively Head of Human Resources Development and then Director of Human Resources. In 2014, she joined the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement / AFD) as Executive Director in charge of Human Resources. She then moved to Gecina as Executive Director of Human Resources in March 2019.
A graduate of HEC Paris, Julien Landfried began his career as Marketing Director at the CFPJ school of journalism (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes). He then worked at Ineum Consulting from 2004 to 2006, and then for the weekly publication Marianne where he ran its Internet operations. Between 2009 and 2012, as Executive Director of the Paris Tech Review, he developed an online publication backed by some of the biggest schools in Paris Tech. In 2013, he joined the Influencing division of Publicis Consultants as a Partner, where he advised many companies on their communication, particularly in the real estate sector. Julien Landfried joined Gecina in December 2017 as Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs reporting to Méka Brunel before being promoted the following year to the position of Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
A graduate of École Polytechnique with a Mining Engineering degree, Franck Lirzin held various positions at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, particularly within the budgeting department. Since 2016, his career has taken him from RATP to the Cabinet Office of the Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron, via Société Générale Asset Management. Previously Deputy Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State in charge of industry, technology and innovation, he joined Gecina as Executive Director, Residential, in 2017.
An engineering graduate of HEI, Cyril Mescheriakoff began his career in 1996 at IBM, which he joined as Digital Innovations Projects Manager. At the same time, he completed his education at IAE, graduating with an MBA, and then joined PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1999 to 2005 where he was promoted to Head of Operational Strategy for the financial sector. In 2006, he joined the investment banking side of Société Générale where he held various sales and management positions before taking over the Group's Internal Audit Department for Market Activities and Asset Management in March 2014. Cyril Mescheriakoff joined Gecina on January 2, 2019 as Executive Director, Risks and Internal Audit.