Bachelor of Business Administration, Ecole Supèrieure de Commerce, Le Havre, 1969. Master of Business Administration, Harvard Graduate School, 1971.
Assistant general manager Rhone Poulenc Agricultural Division, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1976-1978. Director chemicals division Rhone Poulenc Incorporated, New York Brunswick, 1978-1979. Chairman of the Board Lautier (Rhone Poulenc Group), Grasse, France, 1979-1981.
Director marketing Rhone Poulenc Specialites Chimiques, Paris, 1981.
Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer Prolabo (Rhone Poulenc Group), Paris, 1982-1988;partner Apax Partners & Company, 1988. Chairman, Board Of Directors, chief executive officerSodeme., Member Association Fabricants Labo (vice president, board directors 1982-1987), Association Pour Le Salon Du Laboratoire (vice president 1983-1987), CIFL (vice president, board dirs.1982-1988).
Married Cecelene Cover, November 10, 1974.