Dominique Lafont joins NHV Group as executive chairman

NHV Group has appointed Dominique Lafont as executive chairman.

Lafont joined the board in 2015 as an independent member.

The change of governance is intended to support NHV’s strategic ambition of becoming the major sector player in both its core markets of Europe and Africa. Lafont will work closely towards this, with CEO Eric Van Hal.

Just over a year ago, NHV unveiled a new base in Aberdeen, UK, giving it the platform to service the oil and gas sector in the North Sea and significantly strengthen its increasing market share in Europe.

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Lafont’s appointment will allow NHV to make a big push into its different markets and notably in Africa, given his extensive experience in both the transportation industry and business development in the region.

Lafont was CEO and president of Bolloré Africa Logistics from 2005 to 2014. Since 2015, he has served as Senior Advisor of KKR and BCG, as well as having set up his own advisory and investment company, Lafont Africa Corporation.

“This is a great opportunity to participate in the next stage of growth for a company which has strong potential. I look forward to working alongside CEO Eric Van Hal, the management team and board with the support of Ardian in taking NHV forward.”

Lafont said: “This is a great opportunity to participate in the next stage of growth for a company which has strong potential. I look forward to working alongside CEO Eric Van Hal, the management team and board with the support of Ardian in taking NHV forward.”

Eric Van Hal added: “I’m convinced that Dominique Lafont’s appointment will strengthen our team and help us to realise our ambitions for the future. His extensive business experience and his intimate knowledge of Africa will be a valuable asset for us, and allow us to further bolster our presence both there and in Europe. At the same time, the board would like to express its deep gratitude towards Pascal Colombani for the significant contribution he has made to the development of the NHV Group during his tenure.”

Terry Spruce

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