Jean-François VILLANEAU Expert premium

Jean-François VILLANEAU

General Management, COO

United Kingdom

Indicative price: € 1500 - 1625 / day

Jean-François VILLANEAU Expert premium

Jean-François VILLANEAU

Premium Expert

General Management, COO

United Kingdom

Managing Director-COO with strong track record in turnarounds and international business development, 18 years in North America and UK and French-English mother tongues.

Indicative price € 1500 - 1625 / day


Jean-François is available immediately

Jean-François is available for missions Full time, Time sharing, Special mission

Jean-François moves to the International level

The expert in a few words....

30 years in industry (automotive, electronics, airports), from shop management to board position, from family business to very large organisations, from centralised, matrix and decentralised organisations, in France, Spain, UK, Canada and USA.

His specific skills

  • Spearheading strategy. Analysis of the business environment, constraints and challenges in order to choose strategic directions.
  • Streamlining of organization charts. Reduction in the number of hierarchical levels. Avoiding judge and party situations.
  • Cash flow management: IRR, RoCE and investment monitoring.
  • Lean management. Target: 0 stocks, 0 defects, 0 wait, 0 paperwork, 0 breakdowns
  • Drafting and negotiation of SPAs
  • SAP Rollout Strategy

His experience

Jean-François has 33 years of experience

Industrie composants électriques/électroniques

November 1997 - June 2000

Department Head


Paris - France

Relaunch of the auto diagnostics subsidiary (Souriau) by developing a modern range that has met with great success worldwide. This enabled the business to be sold under good conditions.

Industrie automobile

March 2009 - March 2017

Industrial Director and Member of the Management Board


Champfromier - France

Successful acquisition of Avon Automotive, a structuring acquisition (+50% of sales), bringing to the group a business (rubber), locations (North America) and customers (Big 3) that are highly complementary. Creation of 2 factories in China, 2 in Mexico and one in Morocco, from site selection to specification.

Industrie automobile

August 2001 - March 2009

Divisional Director


Champfromier - France

Turnaround in less than a year of the Engine Division and the UK subsidiary of MGI Coutier, which were generating heavy losses. The same applies to the locking systems division, whose fixed costs I reduced, enabling it to get through the 2008 crisis without a hitch.

His education

  • 1993 : MBA INSEAD
  • 1984 : Ingénieur Ecole Centrale Paris

Its missions

  • I have advised several investment funds on acquisitions in the automotive industry which is undergoing profound changes that are difficult to predict, including during the Covid-19 crisis.

Languages (3)

  • English : fluent
  • German : notions
  • Spanish : intermediate

Skills (4)

  • International Development
  • Management, structuring, team leadership
  • Reversal
  • Cost reduction

Activity areas (2)

  • Automotive
  • Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

Types of business (5)

  • Companies in difficulty
  • Family businesses
  • Groups and large companies
  • Investment funds and holding companies
  • Subsidiaries of foreign groups