Born in 1945, Mr. Buffière holds a degree from the École Polytechnique as well as a Master of Science from Stanford University.
Gérard Buffière is a Director of Imerys, a member of the Supervisory Board of Wendel and a Senior Adviser of the Sagard et Ergon Capital Partners fund.
He also manages Société Industrielle du Parc and GyB-Industrires, which he founded.
Mr. Buffière began his career in 1969 in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Banexi before joining Otis Elevator in1974. In 1979, he was appointed CEO of the Electricity Control division of Schlumberger, and then, in 1989, Chairman of the Electronic Transactions division. From 1996 until late 1997, he acted as CEO of the Industrial Equipment branch of Cegelec.
In early 1998, he joined Imetal, which then became Imerys, as a member of the Management Board responsible for the Materials and Construction and the Minerals for Ceramics divisions, and then, in 2000, the Pigments and Additives division. In 2002, he became the Chairman of the Management Board of Imerys, and was then appointed as CEO upon the change in the group’s structure in 2005, a position which he held until 2011.