Benoît de Ruffray, CEO of Eiffage




Benoît de Ruffray is the CEO of the group Eiffage. He took office on 18 January 2016, after he was appointed concurrently director and CEO at a meeting of the board of directors convened in December 2016.
Benoît de Ruffray is the CEO of the group Eiffage. He took office on 18 January 2016, after he was appointed concurrently director and CEO at a meeting of the board of directors convened in December 2016 to designate the successor of Peter Berger, who died of a heart attack in October. Born in 1966, Benoît de Ruffray had, so far, made the most of his career within the Bouygues group, leading projects out of France and then of the foreign subsidiaries, before taking the reins of a subsidiary of Vinci for a few months in 2015.

 

Eiffage has achieved a little more than 14 billion euros of turnover in 2016 (+0.7 per cent), of which 13.5 % abroad, for a net profit of 416 million euros (+33%). Eiffage is the 3rd construction group and concessions French, behind Vinci and Bouygues, and the 5th at the european level. The group has approximately 66,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

 

Professional career

– 2016 : CEO of the group Eiffage.
– 2015 : from march to December, the general Director of Soletanche Freyssinet (Vinci group).
– 2007 : deputy Director general of Bouygues Bâtiment International.
– 2003 : managing Director of Dragages Hong Kong, subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and responsible for the commercial activity Bouygues Travaux Publics in the Asia-Pacific region.
– 2001 : Responsible of the area of Latin american within Bouygues Travaux Publics.
– 2000 : Joined the Bouygues group.

 

The major projects of his career

The appointment of Benoît de Ruffray to the commands of Eiffage symbolizes the gateways between the main French groups in the sector. He had just integrated the Vinci group after a long career at Bouygues. Conversely, his alter-ego at Vinci, Xavier Huillard, had made a career within the Eiffage group…

 

The first challenge of Benoît de Ruffray was to comfort the employees of a group traumatized by the sudden death of Pierre Berger. Then, he very quickly identified the challenges to be faced. On the national level, ” in civil engineering, we will benefit from the rise in power of the recovery plans of the highway and of the immense building sites of the Grand Paris. Most of the units that we study for the construction of new subway lines represent each of the volumes of sales of more than € 500 million. The Grand Paris, it is also a lot of small contracts, electro-mechanics, and a activity of urban development around the future stations… ” noted the CEO in march of 2017 in an interview published by The Income. Welcoming the good mesh group in France, in different sectors of activity, it is further stated in the same interview : “The priority of the group is to expand its foothold in Europe, where it achieves 21% of its turnover in work “.

 

A concern of the international phase with the experience and therefore the expertise acquired by Benoît de Ruffray outside of France. With Bouygues, he has travelled the globe, the Near-East (reconstruction of the sea front and port area of Beirut) in the Far-East (Hong-Kong) by way of Latin America. In a very competitive universe, he was able to combine the know-how, Bouygues with the local circumstances…

A technique he is implementing in France too, now, in the framework of major projects of public-private partnerships (PPP), which boost the two major axes of Eiffage the construction and concessions.

 

Studies and awards

– 2016 : Knight in the national Order of the Legion of Honor.
– 1990 : Graduate of the École Polytechnique (class of 1987), a graduate of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a master’s degree from the Imperial College in London.




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