Jean-Michel Riou


8 rue Lamennais
F-75008 Paris

Jean-Michel Riou conducts searches for top management positions mainly in industrial sector and B-to-B services. Jean-Michel is also part of the ES&P « talent development and assessment » practice, conducting executive committee assessments for international clients in changing environments. Jean-Michel also conducts Board assessments for listed companies.

Prior to joining Eric Salmon & Partners, Jean-Michel worked at Coface, one of the world leaders in credit insurance, as Managing Director for the Western Europe countries. Before that, he took an entrepreneurial opportunity and was during six years Chairman and CEO for Sonovision, the European leader for technical documentation engineering, a Private Equity backed company with LBO France as a shareholder.

Prior to Sonovision, Jean-Michel spent 8 years with Alstom T&D which became Areva T&D in 2003. His responsibilities included MD of business unit and VP Group for sales process and performance. Previously, he spent 5 years at the Port of Marseille as Operations Director. Jean-Michel started his career with the French Ministry of Finance, after having lived one year in New-York as a trader with the Bank Indosuez.

Jean-Michel is a French national and graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (X82) and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He holds an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs (Paris, 1988).


Sector expertise

Industrial, BtoB Services, Energy and Utilities


French, English