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 eleven 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 and FRICS and has an Executive MBA from HEC. From 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 Europe. She has been a Director at Gecina since 2014 and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Fully involved in both community life and industry associations, particularly as Honorary President of the HQE-France GBC association, Vice-Chairwoman of the Palladio Foundation, Chair & Director of EPRA, Director of FSIF, Méka Brunel was appointed as a Director of Hammerson plc in November 2019. She was also President of the Greater Paris Metropolitan Authority’s Development Board from October 2017 to April 2021. Méka Brunel has been honored with the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Lastly, Méka Brunel was named Professional of the Year in the 2013 and 2018 Pierres d’Or awards.
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. Valérie Britay has been appointed Deputy CEO in charge of the Office Division on July 27, 2020.
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. He was awarded the Pierre d'Or 2020 in the "Financial Engineering" category.
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 in charge of the legal department. He also oversees Gecina’s company foundation.
Thomas Degos graduated from IEP d’Aix-en-Provence, EHESS and ENA (“Cyrano de Bergerac” class of 1999), and has over 20 years’ experience in senior public service positions. After starting out in his career with the prefect section in the Pyrénées-Orientales region and Guadeloupe, he held several high-level roles with the Ministry of the Interior’s General Secretariat.
In 2007, he joined the cabinet of Bernard Accoyer, National Assembly President, before serving with the ministerial offices of Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of Ecology, as Deputy Chief of Staff (2008-2010), and Maurice Leroy, Minister for Urban Areas, in charge of the “Grand Paris” project as Chief of Staff (2010-2011).
After serving as the Prefect for Mayotte (2011-2013), Director-General for Overseas France (2013-2015), and the Prefect for Morbihan (2015-2016), he was appointed Director-General for Services for Métropole du Grand Paris in 2016. He left Grand Paris in 2018 to become Chief of Staff for Annick Girardin, Minister for Overseas France (April 2018-November 2019), before being appointed Interministerial Delegate for the Coronavirus Taskforce in March 2020.
Thomas Degos joined Gecina as Executive Director Residential in october 2020.
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.
Julien Landfried, 41, graduated from HEC Paris in 2002 and began his career as Marketing Director with the CFPJ school of journalism. He later moved to Ineum Consulting (2004-2006), then worked for the French daily Marianne, heading up internet activities. From 2009 to 2012, he was Executive Director of Paris Tech Review, an online magazine linked to the Paris Tech engineering schools group. In 2013, he joined Publicis Consultants’ Influence division as a Partner, providing communications advisory services for many different companies, 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, Director and Chief Executive Officer, before being promoted to Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs in April 2018. In March 2021, he was appointed Executive Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Brand.
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.
Elena Minardi joined Gecina in April 2018 as Chief of Staff, reporting to Méka Brunel, Chief Executive Officer. She has been now be part of the Group’s Executive Committee as Executive Director Strategic Planning and Partnerships.
Elena Minardi began her career with DDB then McCann Erickson in Milan, before being recruited by the Umberto Veronesi foundation. In 2011, she joined the London-based McArthurGlen group, where she worked as Brand Partner Marketing Manager, before moving to Paris in 2014 with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company as Senior Associate then Engagement Manager. She graduated from Bocconi University and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Romain started his career with Morgan Stanley in 2004, then moved to MGPA as Head of Acquisitions France. He joined the Norwegian sovereign fund, Norges Bank Investment Management, in London in October 2011 as Portfolio Manager, in charge of real estate investments on the French market and in Paris in particular.
In September 2017, he became Chief Investment Officer Europe for real estate. Under his leadership, Norges Bank Investment Management has carried out a dozen transactions over the last two years, primarily in Paris, London and Germany.
Romain Veber, who graduated from ESSEC, has 15 years’ experience in the finance and real estate sector.
He joined Gecina in november 2019 as Executive Director Investment & Development.