Our executive board

At Newrest, all strategic choices and major decisions are made by the members of the executive board, who are highly experienced and offer a wealth of versatile, complementary expertise:

Olivier Sadran

Chief Executive Officer

Olivier Sadran is the founder of Catair in France in 1996 and was principally responsible for the development of the company under the name of Eurest Inflight Services. French entrepreneur, he is the principal shareholder of several French companies in different sectors.

Aurélie Gueguen René

COO Middle East, Africa & Asia

Holding a MBA in Hospitality and Tourism, Aurélie held several operational positions in hospitality, including that of Operations Manager at Sodexo. Recruited in 2013 as part of the Omani subsidiary’s General Management, in 2015 she opened the Group operations in New Caledonia. In 2017, Aurélie was promoted to Vice President Asia & Pacific Division. On July 2021, Aurélie took on the position of COO Middle East, Africa & Asia. She is based in Toulouse, France.

Olivier Laurac

COO Europe & Americas

Graduated of Science Specialization Finance, Olivier worked in several countries around the world. He was recruited in 2008, and held positions as Country Manager in Oman, Angola and COO in South Africa Division. Olivier is the promoted as Vice President Americas Division. On July 2021, he took the position of COO Europe & Americas. He is based in Toulouse, France.

Paul Schvartz

COO France & North Africa

A graduate of Glion Institute of Higher Education, Paul has joined the group in 2009 and held multiple operational positions in Africa, the Middle and South America. He successively occupied the role of General Manager in Switzerland and Belgium & Netherlands. Paul was in charge of Newrest inflight and catering activities in France until 2023 and he is now COO of France and North Africa.

Christophe Bajon

IT Director

After several years of experience in transport and logistics, including the position of Technical Director of AndSoft, an international software publisher, then Director of international projects at XPO Logistics Europe, Christophe takes over the IT management of the Group in December 2015. He is based in Toulouse, France.

Marie Chiner

Major Projects Director

A graduate of EM Lyon Business School and holder of a Master of Management in 2006, Marie began her career in finance and joined the KPMG Group in La Défense as a CAC auditor.  She then made a professional transfer when she moved to Toulouse. Her career has been enriched by various experiences in consulting, auditing and project management for companies of different sizes and sectors. Marie was recruited by Newrest in January 2016 in order to use her cross-functional experience in the company. She started as an internal auditor and was quickly promoted to Director of Internal Audit and Major Projects.  Since May 2022 she is in charge of the Group Projects Department, based in Toulouse, France.

Luc Gérardin

Chief Finance Officer

After a first experience at EY in audit then consulting, Luc became Financial Manager of the BU Facility Management of ISS France. He joined the Newrest Group in 2013 and successively held financial management positions in the subsidiaries in Madagascar, Gabon and Peru. Since January 2020, he has been Group CFO and based in Toulouse.

Fabien Malbranque

QHSE Director

With an engineering degree specialized in Sciences and Technologies of the Food Industries, Fabien began his career in the perfume and cosmetics industry (Coty Lancaster) where he held various positions related to quality, management of suppliers & subcontractors and factory support. Then, he joined the teams at the Chiquita headquarters in Switzerland where he assumed overall quality responsibility for the EMEA region in 2015. He joined after the infant nutrition division of the Danone group, as Quality Director & Food Safety, before taking responsibility for the implementation of quality information systems and their process. With this industrial experience, Fabien joined Newrest in October 2019 as QHSE Director (Quality, Health, Safety, Environment) of the group. He is based in Toulouse, France.

Xavier Palaise

General secretary

Xavier is graduated from Business Law at Panthéon Assas University. He worked several years as tax specialist for BNP Paribas Group. Joining Newrest in January 2013 as tax specialist, Xavier is now general secretary since November 2016. Responsible for legal and tax matters of the Group, he is based in Toulouse, France.

Marc Starké

Chief Talent & Transformation Officer

Holding a MBA in Hospitality Business, Marc has developed his skills working in Asia, the Middle east and Africa. He joined Newrest Group in 2013 as Country Manager Angola before being named COO of Southern Africa Division. Marc has worked as Vice President North Africa & Middle East Division. He was based in Casablanca, Morocco. Since November 2020, he was Director of Communication, CSR, Marketing & Digital transformation in Toulouse, France. Today, Marc is Officer of a new branch : Talent & Transformation.