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.

Jonathan Stent-Torriani

Chief Executive Officer

Previously CEO of Compass Group Southern Europe, and partner of Olivier Sadran in a number of ventures, Jonathan brings his strategic and senior management experience acquired over numerous years in the airline catering, industrial catering and hotel services industries to the Group.

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.

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.

Élodie Deutschmeyer

Human Ressources Director

With a degree in accounting expertise, Élodie started her career as an auditor at KPMG. She then worked for several years as Senior Financial Auditor at a Paris audit and consulting firm. After joining Mazars in 2005 and rising to the rank of Senior Manager, Élodie joined Newrest in September 2018 as Human Resources Director. She is based in Toulouse, France.

Federico Alvarez

Vice-president Sales

Graduated of the Geneva Hotel School, Federico began his career in inflight catering in Argentina in 1997. After having held various commercial positions at Gate Gourmet in Argentina and Switzerland for 13 years, Federico joined Newrest in 2010 as  Global Accounts Manager for Buy-on-Board activity  in Spain. In 2011, he became responsible of the Sales Department of the Buy-on-Board activities of the Group based in Paris, then in 2013 the Sales Department for France, and in 2016 he took the position of General Manager in Peru, based in Lima, where Newrest manages more than 60 operations mainly focused in remote site and catering activities. In November 2020, he joined the teams at the head office in Toulouse to take on the Group’s commercial responsibility for the Inflight, Remote and Rail activities.

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.

Pascal Regimbaud

Vice President Remote site

Pascal was in charge of operations and later of the commercial department for Universal Sodexo, before being in charge of the commercial division of CIS. He joined Newrest in 2008 in order to develop the Remote site Division, bringing new competence and know-how. Pascal is 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.

Marc Starké

Vice President Communication, Marketing & Digital Transformation

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. Today, Marc works as Vice President North Africa & Middle East Division. He is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Since November 2020, he has been Director of Communication, Marketing & Digital Transformation in Toulouse, France.

Benoit Vignon

Vice President Rail & Retail on board development

Benoit graduated from Business School and joined Newrest in 2012 after gaining several years of experience working with E&Y in Paris. He brought his expertise in process structuring to the Group, first occupying the position of Internal Auditor before being named Director for Major Projects & Audits in 2015. A year later, he became Managing Director of Newrest Wagons-Lits France. In 2019, Benoit took over the management of the Spanish subsidiary of Newrest. Since July 2021, he is Vice President Rail & Retail on board Development. He is based in Toulouse, France.

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