Whatever the activity, whether in tennis or life in general, the desire to improve is the purest guarantee of pleasure.

René Lacoste

Executive Commitee

THIERRY GUIBERT
CEO
JEAN-LOUIS DELAMARRE
EVP GLOBAL MARKETS & DISTRIBUTION
DENIS LAMOUREUX
EVP GLOBAL FINANCE
LAURENT MADELAINE
EVP GLOBAL OPERATIONS
PHILIPPE PASTOR
EVP GLOBAL SHOES, LEATHERGOODS & UNDERWEAR
SOPHIE ROGER
EVP GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES
CATHERINE SPINDLER
EVP GLOBAL MARKETING & BRANDING, MERCHANDISING & DESIGN
THIERRY GUIBERT
CEO
“The Crocodile is free-spirited, persistently inventing and reinventing. You need freedom to be creative.”

For Thierry Guibert, life is a large playing field of freedom, action and matches. Free-spirited Thierry quickly inspired by its values before passionately plying his craft at a series of companies.
In 2008, he became FNAC CEO before taking up the same position at Conforama.
In 2015, he was appointed CEO of Lacoste and MF Brands Group. Since then, Thierry has steadfastly upheld the values of the Lacoste brand: audacity to constantly conquer new heights; tenacity to commit teams to a shared project; and confidence and transparency to foster boldness and creativity in each and every one of us with the spirit and standards that have forever embodied Lacoste.

JEAN-LOUIS DELAMARRE
EVP GLOBAL MARKETS & DISTRIBUTION
“The Crocodile spirit means never giving up and working as a team. It’s about embracing fair play, courage and perseverance!”

In 2019, Lacoste appointed Jean-Louis Delamarre as EVP Markets & Distribution. Today, he heads up all Group brands with a focus on developing and increasing sales. While the world is his playing court, Asia is his favourite surface.  Jean-Louis forged a 19-year career at Procter & Gamble. He first worked in France followed by stints abroad, including a decade in Asia. Then, in 2017, he became a Crocodile, working as CEO Asia and Global Travel Retail.

DENIS LAMOUREUX
EVP GLOBAL FINANCE
“The Crocodile spirit is about turning your weaknesses into strengths. Every day, you go one step further.”

After two years playing his trade in international taxation at a law firm, Denis Lamoureux entered the world of business, joining LVMH. Denis spent five years at France’s largest luxury conglomerate, working in tax structuring and financing. In 2008, Denis Lamoureux made the move to MF Brands Group to head up its international business fiscal department. More recently, he led the Group’s M&A. He was named Lacoste Finance EVP in 2017
where he discovered a playing field to match the Group’s values of freedom, persistence and tenacity.

LAURENT MADELAINE
EVP GLOBAL OPERATIONS
“The Crocodile way involves working as a team and with style.”

For Laurent Madelaine, curiosity is the name of the game! Laurent is a globetrotter with a penchant for industrial and economic progress in far-off destinations. He has enjoyed a 30-year career spanning America, Asia and Europe in retail, sourcing and textile/footwear supply chains. For the past two decades, Laurent has been based in Asia. Laurent Madelaine spent four years in Bangladesh where he was tasked with establishing and operationalising sourcing and production offices for the Indian subcontinent at Carrefour, and then joined Tesco to manage the group’s sourcing division in Hong-Kong, where he still lives.

In 2017, he became a Crocodile. Laurent’s position focuses on leveraging the Group’s sourcing expertise whilst rooted in the following principles: the Crocodile’s elegance, respect and humility as well as social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

PHILIPPE PASTOR
EVP GLOBAL SHOES, LEATHERGOODS & UNDERWEAR
“What does the Crocodile mean? Finding the perfect balance between performance and fair play. It’s our team spirit, which is the legacy of René Lacoste and the Four Musketeers.”

One brand, one team, one voice: Philippe Pastor is a seasoned team player. He began his career as a product manager at Reckitt & Colman before becoming a consultant and manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. He then joined Kering (PPR at the time) in 2000. Based in Los Angeles, Philippe oversaw the development of Mobile Planet Inc., prior to managing Fnac Éveil et Jeux in 2005. In 2012, he moved to Vivarte group, becoming CEO of its Footwear department.

Building on his experience, Philippe made the Lacoste rankings in 2016. He was handpicked for a new role to transform the Group into a lifestyle brand by growing its “shoes” and “leather goods” segments.

SOPHIE ROGER
EVP GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES
“The Crocodile spirit is about staying resilient on the back foot to serve stronger.”

Co-construction: Sophie Roger’s playing field. Sophie believes humans are central to company success. As such, she builds team spirit and a collective energy. For real innovation and shared satisfaction are the sum of individual effort.
Sophie, working as a consultant and then a HR manager in the FMCG industry. Sophie Roger then transitioned to Colgate-Palmolive (Europe and United States) where she coordinated sustainable change for over 15 years.
Sophie joined Lacoste in 2019, charmed by the Group’s family spirit and values.

CATHERINE SPINDLER
EVP GLOBAL MARKETING & BRANDING, MERCHANDISING & DESIGN
“Life is a team sport. Our strength lies in our differences.”

Catherine Spindler channels her contagious energy into spearheading meaningful transformation projects. Originally, Catherine wanted to become an olfactotherapist. But, as fate would have it, Catherine started out at Guerlain (LVMH) in 1999 as product manager prior to onboarding at Yves Rocher. In 2003, she moved to China where bikes still ruled the day, launching the Yves Rocher brand. Until 2007, she laid the company’s regional groundwork before returning to France and transforming a skincare brand. In 2014, she joined flash sales group, Vente-privee.com. Her work on international and digital transformation resulted in a rebrand to “Veepee”.
As of end-2019, Catherine adopted the Crocodile, bringing fresh ideas and energy to Lacoste that fuel creativity.
With a passion for her work and a love of sports, Catherine thrives in a team, united by strong values like audacity. With Catherine, it’s game, set and match, won with style and flair.