Board of Directors

  • Arnaud Dalais
    Non-Independent Chairman - first appointed to the Board in 1984 and Chairman as from 24th June 2015
  • Jean-Claude Béga
    Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012
  • Jan Boullé
    Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012
  • Arnaud Lagesse
    Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 1995 and Chairman from 13th August 2013 to 24th June 2015
  • Jean-Pierre Dalais
    Non-Executive Director - appointed to the Board on 30th June 2014
  • Amédée Darga
    Independent Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012
  • Jérôme de Chasteauneuf
    Non-Executive Director- appointed to the Board on 26th March 2014
  • Jean de Fondaumiere
    Independent Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 1996
  • Patrick de L.D'Arifat
    Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012
  • Thierry Lagesse
    Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 1983
  • Fabien de Marasse Enouf
    Executive Director - first appointed to the Board on 24th June 2015
Arnaud Dalais
Non-Independent Chairman - first appointed to the Board in 1984 and Chairman as from 24th June 2015

P. Arnaud Dalais acted as Group Chief Executive of Alteo from November 1991 until June 2015 and is currently the Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership as Group Chief Executive since November 1991, the Company has gone through an important development both locally and on the international front. He has led his team to successfully conclude the amalgamation of ex-Flacq United Estates Ltd with and into ex-Deep River Beau Champ Limited which has since been renamed Alteo Limited. He is also the Chairman of the CIEL Group and as such, chairs the Boards of CIEL Limited and CIEL Textile Ltd. He plays an active role at the level of the Mauritian private sector and has assumed the Chairmanship of a number of organisations including the Joint Economic Council from 2000 to 2002. From 2015 to 2017, he has been the Chairman of Business Mauritius, the new private sector supreme institution issued from the merger of the Joint Economic Council and the Mauritius Employers Federation.

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

  • CIEL Limited (Chairman)
  • CIEL Textile Limited (Chairman)
  • Sun Limited
Jean-Claude Béga
Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012

Jean-Claude Béga is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He joined GML in 1997 and has been nominated as Group Head of Financial Services and Business Development of IBL Ltd on 1st July 2016. Jean-Claude Béga is the Non-Executive Chairman of Mauritian Eagle Insurance Company Limited, DTOS Ltd, The Bee Equity Partners Ltd and Anahita Estates Limited and serves as Director of a number of companies including Phoenix Beverages Limited, Lux Island Resorts Limited, AfrAsia Bank Limited and Anahita Residences & Villas Limited.

 

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • Lux* Island Resorts Ltd
  • Phoenix Beverages Limited
  • Mauritian Eagle Insurance Company Limited (Chairman)
  • The Bee Equity Partners Ltd (Chairman)
  • Phoenix Investment Company Ltd
Jan Boullé
Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012

Jan Boullé is an « Ingénieur Statisticien Economiste », France and holds a « Diplôme de 3ème Cycle de Sciences Economiques »,Université Laval, Canada. He has been working for the Constance Group from 1984 to 2016 and occupied various executive positions and directorships. His latest position being Group Head of Projects and Development. He has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of IBL Ltd on the 1st July 2016 and is also a member of the Board of Directors of several major companies of IBL Group.

Directorships in other listed companies:

- IBL Ltd (Chairman)

- Phoenix Beverages Limited

- Phoenix Investment Company Limited

- The Bee Equity Partners Ltd

Arnaud Lagesse
Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 1995 and Chairman from 13th August 2013 to 24th June 2015

Arnaud Lagesse holds a Masters in Management from the Université d’Aix-Marseille and graduated from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Paris. He attended a Professional Development Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France), an Advanced Management Program (AMP180) from Harvard Business School, United States, and a Breakthrough Executive Program with Egon Zender/Mobius in Portugal. Arnaud Lagesse started his career at IBL Ltd (formerly known as GML) in 1993 as Finance and Administrative Director, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2005. Ten years later, following the amalgamation of GML Investissement Ltée and Ireland Blyth Limited on 01 July 2016, he was then appointed as Group CEO of the amalgamated entity, IBL Ltd. Arnaud Lagesse was President of the National Committee on Corporate Governance in Mauritius, of the Chamber of Agriculture, of the Mauritius Sugar Producers’ Association and of the Sugar Industry Pension Fund. Mr Lagesse is the Chairman of Fondation Joseph Lagesse since July 2012.

 

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • IBL Ltd
  • The United Basalt Products Ltd
  • Lux Island Resorts Ltd (Chairman)
  • Phoenix Beverages Limited (Chairman)
  • Phoenix Investment Company Ltd
  • BlueLife Limited
Jean-Pierre Dalais
Non-Executive Director - appointed to the Board on 30th June 2014

Jean-Pierre Dalais is the Group Chief Executive of CIEL since January 2017. Throughout his career with CIEL, Jean-Pierre has been focusing on the management and development of CIEL’s operations in Mauritius and internationally. He has been instrumental in the expansion of the Group’s Finance, Healthcare and Hotels & Resorts clusters. Before joining CIEL in 1990 as General Manager of Aquarelle, Jean-Pierre worked at Arthur Andersen. Jean-Pierre holds an MBA from the International University of America, San Francisco, USA.

 

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • Sun Limited (Chairman)
  • CIEL Limited
  • CIEL Textile Limited
  • Phoenix Beverages Limited (Alternate Director)
Amédée Darga
Independent Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012

Amédée Darga is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Mauritius. He is the Managing Partner of Straconsult, a Social Science Researcher, the Chairman of SEATINI (Southern & Eastern Africa Trade Information Network Initiative), and Chairman of the Mauritius Africa Business Club. Amédée Darga has served as Minister of Housing, Lands, Town and Country Planning for 2 years and previously occupied numerous positions such as Mayor of Curepipe. He was a Member of Parliament from 1976 at the age of 26. He is a regular resource person to the United Nations on matters of governance and economic development.

 

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • CIM Financial Services Ltd
Jérôme de Chasteauneuf
Non-Executive Director- appointed to the Board on 26th March 2014

Jérôme de Chasteauneuf is a Chartered Accountant of England and Wales and holds a BSc Honours in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (1989). He joined the CIEL Group in 1993 as Corporate Finance Advisor and became Head of Finance of the CIEL Group in 2000. He has been closely involved with the sugar industry by acting as Head of Finance of DRBC (now Alteo Limited) for a number of years. Jérôme de Chasteauneuf is also the Managing Director of CIEL Corporate Services Ltd and an Executive Director of CIEL Limited.

 

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • CIEL Limited
  • CIEL Textile Limited
  • Harel Mallac & Co. Ltd
  • Sun Limited
  • The Medical & Surgical Centre Limited
Jean de Fondaumiere
Independent Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 1996

Jean de Fondaumière is a Chartered Accountant of Scotland. He worked in Australia for eleven years and he retired as the CEO of the Swan Group at the end of 2006 after fifteen years. He is a past Chairman of The Stock Exchange of Mauritius and his former Directorships include companies operating in the African, Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific regions. Jean de Fondaumière holds a portfolio of Directorships in Mauritius for companies operating in commerce, finance, power generation, sugar and tourism. 

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • Constance Hotels Services Ltd
  • Constance La Gaieté Company Ltd
  • Hotelest Ltd
  • LUX* Island Resorts Ltd
  • United Investments Ltd
Patrick de L.D'Arifat
Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 2012

Patrick de Labauve d’Arifat holds a BSC degree in Economics and Accountancy from City University, London. He started his career with the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture in 1982 and in 1991 he was appointed Director of the Mauritius Sugar Producers Association. He has chaired that same association for four years and that of the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate for two years. He joined CIEL Agro-industry as Chief Executive Officer in July 2001. Patrick de Labauve d’Arifat has, throughout those years, been closely associated with the policy formulation and implementation of the modernization process of the sugar industry in Mauritius and in the region.

Directorship in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • Constance La Gaiete Company Limited
Thierry Lagesse
Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board in 1983

Thierry Lagesse holds a ‘Maîtrise des Sciences de Gestion’ from the University of Paris Dauphine. He was the Non-Executive Chairman of IBL Ltd, Alteo Limited, Phoenix Beverages Limited and The United Basalt Products Ltd up to August 13, 2013 and acts as Director of several other companies quoted on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd. He is the Executive Chairman and founder of Palmar Group of Companies and Executive Chairman of Parabole Réunion SA.

Directorships in other companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM:

 

  • IBL Ltd
  • Lux Island Resorts Limited
  • Phoenix Beverages Limited
  • The United Basalt Products Ltd
  • The Bee Equity Partners Ltd
  • Phoenix Investment Company Limited
Fabien de Marasse Enouf
Executive Director - first appointed to the Board on 24th June 2015

Fabien de Marassé Enouf holds a Bcom (Accounting and Finance) from Curtin University (Australia) and qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2004. He joined the Corporate Finance practice of PwC Mauritius in 2005. As Senior Manager, he has advised clients on several M&A projects, finance raising projects and business valuations both locally and in the region and has regularly been involved on stock markets related work. Fabien joined Alteo Ltd in January 2014 as Chief Finance Executive.

Executive Team

  • Patrick de L. d'Arifat
    Chief Executive Officer

    Patrick de L. d'Arifat holds a BSC degree in Economics and Accountancy from City University, London. He started his career with the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture in 1982 and in 1991 he was appointed Director of the Mauritius Sugar Producers Association. He has chaired that same association for three years and that of the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate for two years. He joined CIEL Agro-industry as Chief Executive Officer in July 2001.

     

    Patrick has, throughout those years, been closely associated with the policy formulation and implementation of the modernization process of the sugar industry in Mauritius and in the region. Since April 2013, he is the Chairman of the Mauritius Sugar Producers Association (MSPA). Patrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Alteo Ltd.

  • Robert Baissac
    Chief Executive Officer of TPC Ltd

    Robert Baissac holds a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He joined the Group in 1984 as Assistant Agronomist of Deep River Beau Champ Ltd and was then appointed Agronomist in charge of diversification in 1985. In 1987, he joined Mon Trésor Mon Désert S.E as Agronomist and in 1991, was appointed Field Manager of Compagnie de Beau Vallon Ltée. Since 2000, Robert Baissac is the CEO of TPC Limited in Tanzania.

  • Fabien de Marasse Enouf
    Chief Finance Executive

    Fabien de Marassé Enouf holds a Bcom (Accounting and Finance) from Curtin University (Australia) and qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2004.

     

    He joined the Corporate Finance practice of PwC Mauritius in 2005. As Senior Manager, he has advised clients on several M&A projects, finance raising projects and business valuations both locally and in the region and has regularly been involved on stock markets related work. Fabien joined Alteo Ltd in January 2014 as Chief Finance Executive.

  • Arnaud D’Unienville
    COO Agricultural Activities
    Arnaud d’Unienville holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Surrey, UK. Arnaud has more than 30 years of experience in the sugar industry in several African countries. Arnaud was Directeur Technique de Sucrivoire in Ivory Coast from 2000 to 2005 and has spent 12 years working as Directeur du Parc Materiel and Directeur Technique Machinisme Agricole for the SOMDIAA Group.
  • Stéphane Isautier
    Development Executive of Sucrière des Mascareignes Ltd

    Stéphane Isautier holds a Master’s degree in Agronomy from the Institut National Agronomique, Paris (1993). Stéphane thereafter spent 5 years in the audit department of Arthur Andersen Paris, where he acquired a strong financial and corporate background. Over the last eighteen years, Stéphane pursued his career in the sugar industry and occupied various executive functions in cane and beet sugar processing units successively in Vietnam, Czech Republic, Reunion Island, Mozambique, Brazil and France. Stéphane joined Alteo Group in February 2015 as Development Executive and will henceforth lead the Group’s initiatives to become a regional player in the cane and sugar industry.

  • Sébastien Lavoipierre
    Chief Operations Officer - Industrial Activities

    Sébastien Lavoipierre holds a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal (South Africa) and an MBA from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Business School. He joined Les Gaz Industriels in 1998 as Production Manager and then held a senior management position at Ireland Blyth Limited from 2003 to 2006. He was the Project Manager of the MCFI Group from 2007 to 2008 and Business Development Manager of the Harel Mallac Group in 2009. In 2010, he was promoted to the position of Managing Director of the Chemical arm of the Harel Mallac Group. Sébastien joined ALTEO in August 2013 where he is currently the Chief Operations Officer of the Industrial Activities.

  • Patrice Legris
    Chief Executive Officer of Alteo Properties Ltd

    Patrice Legris holds a Masters in Economic and Social Administration from Sorbonne – Paris, as well as a Diploma in Personnel Management from the University of Mauritius. CEO of Alteo Properties since April 2012, Patrice was previously CEO of l'AHRIM (Association des Hôteliers et Restaurateurs de l'Ile Maurice) and former Director of the Mauritius Sugar Producers Association (MSPA).

  • Jean-Robert Lincoln
    Group Agricultural Development Executive

    Jean-Robert Lincoln holds a BSc in Crop Science from Natal University, South Africa (1983), a Certificate in Sugar Agriculture from the South African Sugar Association (1984), a Certificate in Agricultural Water Management from Cranfield University, UK (1990), and an MBA from the University of Surrey, UK (1997). He joined the Company in 1985. Initially involved with sugarcane operations in Mauritius, he occupied various responsibilities within Agronomy and Research &Development (R&D). He has, over the last 20 years, been playing a more active role in evaluating and developing agricultural opportunities abroad and is currently Group Agricultural Development Executive. Jean-Robert also represents the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture on the R&D Committee of the Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute (MSIRI).

  • David Martial
    Communications & Development Executive

    David Martial holds a Master in Communication from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France (2001). He started his career at the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) before being appointed Group Communication Manager of CIEL in 2006, overlooking its corporate communication strategy. From 2006 to 2010, he was involved in many projects & investments of the CIEL Group in different sectors such as agro-industry, textile, investment and property, including the initial development phases of Anahita.

    David thereafter pursued his career in the tourism and hospitality sector at the Mauritian hotel groups Sun Resorts and Veranda Leisure Hospitality (VLH) as Group Marketing Manager and Head of Marketing & Business Development respectively. From 2012 to 2016, he was the Managing Partner of Hospitality Plus, a company specialised in digital marketing and reservations solutions for the hospitality and travel sector in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. David joined ALTEO in September 2016 to manage the Group’s communication strategy and to evaluate new business development opportunities in Mauritius.

     

  • Sophie Strauss
    Human Resources Executive

    Sophie Strauss holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Guildhall in the UK and has a Fellow Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She joined the group in August 2015 after spending 10 years with the Nestlé Group based in the UK. She was appointed as the Head of Human Resources for Nestle Waters UK in 2010. Prior to this, her role was Lead Human Resources Business Partner in the beverage category. Before her time in FMCG, Sophie spent 7 years with Compass Group Plc based in the UK - focusing on HR management in contract catering and the food retail sector in both railway stations and airports. Her operational experience and expertise lends itself to the focus required in terms of the overall human resources strategy for the Group.

  • Frederick North-Coombes
    CEO Transmara Sugar Company Limited
    Frederick North-Coombes holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He started his career in 1995 as Factory Superintendent at Union Saint Aubin Milling Company Ltd in Mauritius. Frederick joined the Group in 2006 as Mechanical Project Engineer in TPC and later on as Assistant Factory Executive in TPC. He counts a fruitful experience of 18 years in the sugar industry and 10 years at TPC, both in the Industrial and Garage departments. Frederick was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Transmara Sugar Company Limited as from 1st May 2017.