Board of Directors

  • Rachel Picard

    • Chair of the Board
    • Independent Director

    Rachel Picard has served as a member of our Board of Directors and as chairwoman of the nomination and corporate governance committee since June 2017, and has served as chairwoman of our Board of Directors since July 2020. From 2014 to 2020, Ms. Picard was the Chief Executive Officer of SNCF Voyages. Prior to that, Ms. Picard was the Chief Executive Officer of SNCF Gares & Connexions at SNCF Group from 2012 to 2014. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Picard was with Thomas Cook Group, first as Deputy General Manager of Tour Operating and Marketing, and subsequently as Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Cook. Over the last five years she also served as a board member of Rocher Participations (since 2020), AXA S.A., a French multinational insurance public company (since 2022) and of the Compagnie des Alpes, a French public company (from 2010 to 2022). Ms. Picard has a Master’s Degree from HEC Paris. The board of directors believes that Ms. Picard brings extensive expertise in overseeing and executing successful transformations of large businesses as she led a comprehensive transformation of SNCF Train Stations and the TGV business model. She also brings her expertise in building digital and ecommerce strategies given her 20 years of experience leading innovative product design projects. Her strategic vision has also supported early integrated digital efforts in e-commerce, including as the former Head of voyages-sncf.com. Her first-hand knowledge in developing and executing digital strategies adds significant digital innovation and ecommerce expertise to Criteo.

  • James Warner, member of the board of directors

    James Warner

    • Independent Director
    • Vice Chairman

    James Warner has served as vice chairman of our Board of Directors since July 2020 and as chairman of the compensation committee since February 2013, and was our lead independent director from December 2013 until July 2020. He has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2013. Since January 2009, he has been a Principal of Third Floor Enterprises, an advisory firm specializing in digital marketing and media. From January 2000 until December 2008, Mr. Warner served in various leadership roles at aQuantive Inc., including as Executive Vice President at Razorfish Inc. (formerly Avenue A), which was acquired by the Microsoft Corporation in August 2007. Prior to aQuantive, he held leadership positions at HBO, CBS and Primedia. Mr. Warner has served as a member of the board of directors for Merkle, Inc., Invision, Inc., Zoom, Inc., MediaMind, Inc., Healthline Networks, Inc. and Talix, Inc. and is currently a member of the board of directors of Ansira, Inc. Mr. Warner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Yale University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Warner’s experience in the consumer and digital marketing and media industries allows him to make valuable contributions to the Board of Directors.

  • Nathalie Balla

    • Independent Director

    Nathalie Balla has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2017. From 2014, Ms. Balla has been the General Manager of New R SAS, and since January 2018 she has served on the supervisory board of La Redoute, as permanent representative of New R SAS. From 2014 to 2022, Ms. Balla served as Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of La Redoute and Relais Colis, and from 2009 to 2014, Ms. Balla served as Chief Executive Officer of La Redoute, a subsidiary of Kering. Ms. Balla has also served as member of the Board of Directors of Edenred SE (since 2023), of the supervisory board of IDI (since 2021), and of the supervisory board of DEE Tech (from 2021 to 2023). Ms. Balla has a Master Degree from École supérieure de commerce (ESCP-EAP) of Paris and a PhD in Business Administration from Sankt Gallen University. The Board of Directors believes that Ms. Balla’s brings extensive experience in Retail Media and has a keen understanding of how to successfully influence customers at points of purchase. Throughout her career, Ms. Balla has led multi-country teams in the retail industry, including serving as a key leader in charge of international operations at German retailer Quelle and Neckermann and as the CEO of La Redoute at Redcats, part of Kering. She brings considerable expertise in defining and executing business transformations, having spearheaded the successful turnaround and transformation of Relais Colis and La Redoute. Her profound experience in retail digitalization and her capacity to design new business models that generate profitable sales where instrumental in this efforts. She has also a valuable expertise in corporate finance and M&A as she led the sale of La Redoute to Galeries Lafayette Group and Relais Colis to Walden Group in 2022.

  • Marie Lalleman

    • Independent Director

    Marie Lalleman has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2019 and also served as chairwoman of the nomination and corporate governance committee. Since 2021, Ms. Lalleman has acted as senior advisor to the CEOs and C-Suite of various global Media, Retail and Data Analytics companies, and has been a member of the External Advisor Global Network of Bain & Company for the Customer/Marketing (CME), Data and Retail practices since July 2023. From 2017 to 2021, Ms. Lalleman was Executive Vice President, Global Strategic Partners, at The Nielsen Company, leading commercial strategies with e-retailers and e-media clients. From 2007 until 2017, she has held various other executive and leadership positions for Nielsen Europe and Nielsen Global Retailer Executive Teams. Ms. Lalleman has been a member of the board of directors of PayFit SAS, and chairwoman of the remuneration committee (since 2023) and a member of the board of directors of Patrizia SE, and chairwoman of the nomination & remuneration committee (since 2021). Ms. Lalleman received a business degree from ESC business school in Marseille. The Board of Directors believes that Ms. Lalleman has deep AdTech expertise as well as strong strategic and business transformation experience given her previous leadership roles at Nielsen. She leveraged her deep expertise in retail, e-commerce and digital media to lead Nielsen in navigating digital disruption and business model transformation. The Board of Directors believes that Ms. Lalleman brings extensive experience in understanding how retailers transform their business models implementing innovative enterprise data strategy and Retail Media solutions having served as Global Strategic Partner with Nielsen for e-commerce, digital media & retail global players.

  • Edmond Mesrobian

    • Independent Director

    Edmond Mesrobian has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2017. From 2018 to 2022, Mr. Mesrobian has served as Chief Technology Officer of Nordstrom, Inc. where he was responsible for implementing the group’s first Retail Media solution. During his stay, he focused on transforming the company into a digital first enterprise interconnected by the Nordstrom Analytical Platform to power customer, merchandising and inventory processes. From 2015 to 2018, he also served as Chief Technology Officer of Tesco PLC, a grocery and general merchandise retailer. As part of the company’s One Tesco initiative, he focused on strengthening the company's technological capabilities and creating innovative solutions for its customers. From 2011 to 2014, he also served as Chief Technology Officer of Expedia, Inc., an online travel company. Mr. Mesrobian holds a B.S. degree in math and computer science, an M.Sc. degree in computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on computer vision, all from University of California, Los Angeles. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Mesrobian’s extensive experience as an information technology executive, including for retailers, and his demonstrated expertise in crafting and executing corporate strategies to drive growth and innovation allow him to make valuable contributions to the Board of Directors.

  • Hubert de Pesquidoux, member of the board of directors

    Hubert de Pesquidoux

    • Independent Director
    • Financial Expert

    Hubert de Pesquidoux has served as a member of our Board of Directors and chairman of the audit committee since 2012. He is currently Executive Partner at Siris Capital, a private equity firm focused on making control investments in data/telecom, technology and technology-enabled business service companies. As an Executive Partner at Siris Capital, he has overseen numerous transactions in the technology space, including the sale of Tekelec to Oracle and the sale of a 50% ownership stake in Constant Contact to a consortium led by Clearlake Capital Group. Mr. de Pesquidoux also spent 21 years in various roles as a senior executive of Alcatel-Lucent. His last position was Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel-Lucent and President of its Enterprise Business Group where he further developed his expertise in public capital markets. Mr. de Pesquidoux also served on the Board of Directors of Mavenir Systems from 2012 to 2015 and he is currently the executive chairman of Mavenir Systems, Inc. and the chairman of the audit committee and member of the board of directors of Sequans Communications S.A. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. de Pesquidoux’s deep understanding of sector trends and dynamics with extensive experience and knowledge in the AdTech industry, as well as his broad financial expertise, allow him to make valuable contributions to the Board of Directors.

  • Frederik van der Kooi, member of the board of directors

    Frederik van der Kooi

    • Independent Director
    • Financial Expert

    Frederik van der Kooi has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2023. From 1999 to 2021, Mr. van der Kooi served in positions of increasing responsibility with Microsoft Corporation, including as the Chief Operating Officer of its Online Services Division, and culminating in his service as the Corporate Vice President managing Microsoft’s global advertising business (Microsoft Advertising) from May 2010 through Microsoft’s acquisition of Xandr in December 2021. From 2010 until 2022, Mr. van der Kooi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in the United States, the national trade association for the digital media and marketing industries, including as its Chairman from 2019 through 2021. Mr. van der Kooi has a Master of Business Administration from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nyenrode University in The Netherlands. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. van der Kooi has deep expertise in digital advertising, leading Microsoft’s digital advertising business for over a decade, covering search, display, native, retail media and video offerings and leading strategy, sales, marketing and partnerships globally. During his mandate, he scaled Microsoft’s global advertising business, reaching $10 billion by the end of this tenure. He also led Microsoft’s acquisitions and integration of PromoteIQ in Retail Media, Xandr and others, and closed transformative business partnerships with Yahoo, AOL, AppNexus and global agency partners.

  • Megan Clarken

    • Chief Executive Officer

    Megan Clarken was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in 2019, and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2020. As CEO of the Company, Ms. Clarken has overseen Criteo’s transformation into the end-to-end AdTech platform of choice in Retail and Commerce Media. Under her leadership the company has expanded its Retail Media, Commerce Media and omnichannel capabilities through the acquisition of Mabaya, Iponweb and Brandcrush becoming the only unified, AI-driven platform that directly connects advertisers with retailers and publishers to drive commerce everywhere. Since May 2023, Ms. Clarken has been a member of the Board of Directors of Capgemini SE, a multinational information technology (IT) services and consulting company, headquartered in Paris. From 2004 to 2019, Ms. Clarken held numerous senior positions at Nielsen in both commercial and product leadership, including Chief Commercial Officer of Nielsen Global Media, President of Watch, Nielsen’s Media Measurement services, and President of Product Leadership. Ms. Clarken’s previous roles at Nielsen include Managing Director of Media Client Services in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Managing Director of Nielsen’s digital business across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Nielsen, she held senior leadership positions for large publishers and online technology providers, including Akamai Technologies and ninemsn in Australia. The Board of Directors believes that Ms. Clarken’s leadership expertise, extensive knowledge of the Company as our Chief Executive Officer, her global business expertise and prior industry experience qualify her to serve on, and allow her to make valuable contributions to, the Board of Directors.