Teneo Appoints Leader in France

March 20, 2024 – Global CEO advisory and executive search firm Teneo has added Philippe Maze-Sencier to its team in France to serve as president and member of the European management team, effective April 2. He succeeds Olivier Jay, who has served as president of Teneo’s business in France since 2021. He will remain as honorary chair and senior managing director of Teneo. Mr. Jay will continue to counsel clients as part of Teneo’s financial communications practice. “Since 2021, it has been my pleasure to lead the Teneo team in France,” said Mr. Jay. “I now pass on the baton to Philippe Maze-Sencier. I am pleased to remain a trusted consultant to existing and new clients and to contribute to the success of our French offer under his experienced leadership.”

“We are delighted to welcome Philippe Maze-Sencier,” said Philippe Blanchard, president of continental Europe, Teneo. “His international experience, ambition and knowledge of our business will accelerate the development of Teneo in France and Europe. We are pleased that Olivier Jay, who launched Teneo’s business in France and built its team of committed professionals, will continue his activities serving our French and international clients.”

Mr. Maze-Sencier has almost 30 years of experience leading strategic communications campaigns in Europe, Africa, India and North America. Prior to Teneo, he was global chair of public affairs at Hill & Knowlton where he worked with teams across offices in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as directly serving clients in those geographies and launching the firm’s geopolitical advisory offer. Before that, Mr. Maze-Sencier was a managing director with McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, focused on EU and transatlantic affairs. He started his career in communications and public affairs advisory at APCO, having run their Paris and Brussels operations as a managing director.

France has a developed, high-income mixed economy, characterized by sizeable government involvement, economic diversity, a skilled labor force, and high innovation. For roughly two centuries, the French economy has consistently ranked among the 10 largest globally; it is currently the world’s ninth-largest by purchasing power parity, the seventh-largest by nominal GDP, and the second-largest in the European Union by both metrics. France is considered an economic power, with membership in the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Group of Twenty largest economies.

Teneo’s management team in France comprises Aurélie Motta-Rivey, Mathilde Oliveau, Olivier Jay, Stéphane Dupuis and Guillaume Gauvillé. Guillaume Gauvillé, a managing director based in London, will oversee the development of the equity story practice in France, working closely with European colleagues specializing in investor relations, M&A and financial communications. Mr. Gauvillé was previously a senior financial analyst at Credit Suisse and already advises several CAC-listed companies.

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Teneo offers a full range of advisory services includes strategic communications, investor relations, financial transactions and restructuring, management consulting, physical and cyber risk, organizational design, board and executive search, geopolitics and government affairs, corporate governance, ESG, and DEI. The firm has more than 1,500 employees located in 40 offices around the world.

Recent Addition

Teneo recently appointed Frances Mowlds as managing director and head of digital with the firm’s strategy and communications business in Dublin. Ms. Mowlds is a creative and strategic leader with over 16 years’ experience delivering world class digital customer experience. She has expertise across digital communications, culture change, brand experience, business process and technology transformation.

Ms. Mowlds has spent the past seven years as the head of digital and client experience with Davy. Prior to that, she spent almost 10 years as a digital / management consultant with Accenture. She has worked with clients in Ireland and the EU across a range of industries (financial services, government and energy). Ms. Mowlds is experienced in engaging with executive leadership and working cross-functionally.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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