Alain Taravella, chairman of Altarea Cogedim

Alain Taravella is the chairman and managing general partner of the group Altarea Cogedim, which he founded in 2007. He presided over until then Altarea, a real estate company specializing in the development of shopping malls, and who has acquired Cogedim, the developer for housing and offices, in 2007.
The group Altarea Cogedim has carried out in 2016 a turnover of 1.58 billion euro and is active in all areas of real estate (commercial, housing, offices).


Born in may 1948, Alain Taravella has spent his entire career in this sector. He began by selling several thousands of houses Rentals 2 for the account of the developer Robert de Balkany with which he had already done an internship while he was a student at HEC. Alain Taravella was then built and then led Pierre & Vacances before you create in 1994, Altarea and specialize in commercial real estate. It is considered as the creator in France of the concept of shopping and leisure centers (Bercy Village, Family Village, at the entrances of urban areas).


Owning 46 % of the share capital of the group Altarea Cogedim, Alain Taravella was ranked by Challenges in 2016 at the 62nd largest fortunes in France with € 1.1 billion.


Professional career

– 2007 : Chairman and Managing general partner of the group Altarea Cogedim.
– 2004 : President and General Manager of Altarea.
– 1994 : Director General of Altarea.
– 1985 : managing Director of Pierre & Vacances.
– 1975 : Joined the recreation centre (future Pierre & Vacances) of the group Brémond.
– 1972 : Director of programs with the real-estate developer Robert de Balkany.


The major projects of his career

Alain Taravella is resolutely optimistic. ” Interest rates are low, and are persistently low. Today, investing in real estate is healthy and more interesting than a lot of other types of investments,” he said in march 2017 to the Echoes.


And even though he was sold to Carrefour, the Internet platform ” Rue du Commerce “, he has learned a positive lesson. ” It is an expensive training that has allowed us to develop. We have learned to work with the client, develop data, track our customers not only when they come into our shopping centre, but also outside,” he notes, “Rue du Commerce” having under his baton gave the opportunity to the brands that are present in the centres created and managed by his group to also be active in the online sale.


But it is the concept of the shopping center are passionate about still and always Alain Taravella. Or rather, the concept… of ” turnkey urban “. ” Aware of the stakes related to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), Altarea Cogedim is positioned today as the partner of general interest to accompany the cities in their transition to ecological, social and societal “ reported in march 2017, a press release by the group.


New issues related to sustainable development and the digital motivate logically, this officer had anticipated the inevitable rebound a synonym for growth of the sector when he founded with his partner Jacques Nicolet Altarea in 1994, in the midst of a crisis of the real estate market. A good time to acquire land…


Studies and awards

– 2015 : Knight in the national Order of the Legion of Honor.
– 1971 : Graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC).

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