Executive Management Committee

The Believe Executive Committee, which is focused on operations, is composed of members in charge of Group functions and members in charge of Business Operations with heads of key regions. The Committee is focused primarily on driving and implementing the Group’s strategy, monitoring performance and coordinating projects in the different countries and regions of the Group.


 

  • Denis Ladegaillerie
    Denis Ladegaillerie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, ESCP Europe and Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA), 51 years old, Denis Ladegaillerie began his career in 1998 in New York, practising business law in an international firm. In 2000, he joined Vivendi in Paris as a business analyst and continued his career within the group in New York as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer for digital activities at Vivendi Universal, until 2004. On the strength of his past success in online music, in 2005 Denis Ladegaillerie founded the Company, of which he is currently the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Xavier Dumont
    Xavier Dumont, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

    Xavier Dumont is Believe’s CFO and COO, having joined the Group in 2015. He started his career working in a large international audit firm in France and Ireland before holding several roles as Director of Financial Control, CFO and COO mainly in retail (Fnac Group, Oxybul) and E-commerce (Pixmania). Xavier Dumont is a graduate of HEC (1992).

  • Andreea Gleeson
    Andreea Gleeson, Chief Revenue Officer

    Andreea Gleeson joined Believe in 2015 to head TuneCore’s marketing before being promoted to Chief Revenue Officer in 2020. She is responsible at TuneCore for overseeing the marketing, artist support, artist & partner relations, and international development teams. Under Andreea’s leadership, TuneCore’s international reach has grown from 5 countries to 14 countries on 4 continents. Prior to joining TuneCore, she spent over a decade in the retail industry, where she held several leadership positions in e-commerce and marketing and worked at the heart of the industry’s digital transformation. Andreea holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Pace University.

  • Anne Adamo
    Anne Adamo, Chief Financial Control Officer

    Anne Adamo has been Believe’s Chief Financial Control Officer since April 2019. Her background is in corporate finance. Her career spans more than 20 years, first in an international audit firm and then in various mid-size and CAC40 companies, in the context of international environments in transformation. Anne holds a master’s degree in management from the Sorbonne and the DECF.

  • Elsa Bahamonde
    Elsa Bahamonde Bourgain, Global Head of Artist Services

    Elsa Bahamonde Bourgain has been the Global Head of Artist Services at Believe since January 2021. Previously, Elsa worked for 16 years in high-growth companies in the tech ecosystem such as Criteo, Pixmania and Veepee, where she gained expertise in the fields of technology, advertising, e-commerce and the internet, both by leading sales teams at the European level and by defining the business strategy at the global level. Elsa graduated from the Sorbonne with a double master’s degree in French-Spanish European Law (2003), as well as a master’s degree in Marketing and Communication from ISCOM (2004).

  • Gideon Mountford
    Gideon Mountford, Global Head of Digital Retail

    Gideon Mountford joined Believe in 2012 to lead the UK’s Digital Marketing and Video team, before being promoted to Global Head Of Digital Retail in 2018. He is responsible for all licensing with our Digital Service Providers, the overall global partnership with the DSP’s and our retail market projections. Gideon is ultimately responsible for Believe’s licensing and partnership with over 150 DSPs and has been at the heart of striking innovative and forward-thinking partnerships with our retail partners. Before joining Believe, Gideon spent the previous decade working in Artist Management and Artist Services, where he provided guidance and support for several top charting artists in the UK, focussed on digital initiatives. Gideon holds a bachelor’s degree in music marketing from Buckinghamshire University.

  • Isabelle Andres
    Isabelle Andrès, Chief Product and Operations Officer

    Isabelle Andrès has been Chief Product and Operations Officer at Believe since 2019. She started her career in the traditional media sector (Lagardère Group, Radio France, TéléImages) where she held various positions in Finance and Operations Management. In 2009, she joined Betclic Everest Group, a European online gaming group and the leading private operator of online sports betting in France, where she was Group COO from 2013 to 2017. She was also COO of Alchimie, a company specializing in the aggregation and digital distribution of thematic video channels. Isabelle Andrès is a graduate of HEC Paris and holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Paris X-Nanterre.

  • Laurent Taupin
    Laurent Taupin, Chief Technology Officer

    Laurent Taupin has been Chief Technology Officer of Believe for nearly 15 years. He started his career at Ubisoft where he specialized in sound algorithms and co-created one of the very first sound cards. Based on his experience as a director & producer in national radio stations, Laurent has developed software to automate and broadcast music & commercials, both audio & video, for radio and television. His technological know-how and his passion for music led him to imagine and create Believe’s proprietary technologies

  • Romain Becker
    Romain Becker, President, Label & Artist Solutions

    Romain Becker has served as President, Label & Artist Solutions at Believe since 2020. After building an initial artist development experience at various start-ups at the intersection of music and technology, Romain continued his career at Google to structure YouTube’s music partnerships. In 2015, he joined Believe to accelerate the development of video monetization strategies, the structuring of Believe’s international deployments, and the growth of commercial operations.

  • Sandrine Bossard
    Sandrine Bossard, Chief People Officer

    Sandrine Bossard has been the Chief People Officer at Believe since April 2019. She has held various HR management positions over the past 20 years, mainly in companies in the technology sector, where her main mission was to create, structure and develop an HR policy that was as close as possible to the company’s needs. Convinced that the development and fulfilment of employees, in a fair and equitable environment, is a key factor that contributes to the growth of the company, Sandrine Bossard puts these principles into practice in the implementation of Believe’s HR projects.

  • Ségolène Moreau
    Ségolène Moreau, Chief Communications Officer

    Ségolène Moreau has been Believe’s Chief Communications Officer since January 2020, after having spent 20 years at two major international groups, Procter & Gamble and Amazon. A lawyer by training, she started her career in trademark law before moving to Communications where she held various management positions in Product, Corporate and Operations communications, covering all communication disciplines (corporate, product, internal, digital, crisis management…). Ségolène holds a post-graduate degree in Law, Competition, Consumer Affairs and Industrial Property Law (1999).

  • Solange Viegas
    Solange Viegas Dos Reis, Chief Legal Officer

    Solange Viegas Dos Reis has been Believe’s Chief Legal Officer since September 2017. She started her career in the telecommunications sector, where she spent 16 years in several positions in the legal departments of major groups such as LDCOM, Neuf Telecom, SFR, and Altice. She has dealt with many areas of law and has specialized in the law of creation and distribution of editorial content. Solange has a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law (2000).

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has 6 members and 2 censors. It brings together individuals with complementary professional background and skills.

Alain Caffi & Denis Ladegaillerie

  • Appointed member and CEO
    Denis Ladegaillerie

    Graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, ESCP Europe and Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA), 51 years old, Denis Ladegaillerie began his career in 1998 in New York, practising business law in an international firm. In 2000, he joined Vivendi in Paris as a business analyst and continued his career within the group in New York as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer for digital activities at Vivendi Universal, until 2004. On the strength of his past success in online music, in 2005 Denis Ladegaillerie founded the Company, of which he is currently the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Appointed member
    John Doran

    Graduated with a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College, John Doran, 42 years old, began his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in both London and New York. He then served as vice president of Summit Partners from 2009 to 2012, where he focused on investments across software, internet, and financial technology. In 2012 he joined TCV and he is currently a general partner in London and a founding member of TCV’s European investment efforts.

  • Appointed member
    Ventech, represented by Alain Caffi

    Graduated of Kansas University in Lawrence, USA, as well as the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Clermont Ferrand, Alain Caffi, 68 years old, is also a Certified Public Accountant. He joined the private equity industry in 1986 when he joined the Natixis group, as CEO of Sofineti, then as Investment Manager of Natixis Private Equity, and finally as Managing Director of FSD Capital Developpement. In 1998, he founded Ventech, an international venture capital company that invests mainly in post-seed and series A companies, of which he is currently Managing Director. In addition to his operational activities, he was also Director of Natixis Private Equity (5 billion under management) between 1999 and 2007, when Ventech became an independent company.

  • Independent member
    Kathleen O'Riordan

    Kathleen O’Riordan, 49 years old, began her career as a journalist before joining the BBC in 2002, where she led digital product development for the 2012 London Olympics. She then served as Vice President of Product at Shazam from 2013 to 2016. In February 2016, she joined the Financial Times as Chief of Product and Information and is currently a member of its Executive Committee.

  • Independent member
    Anne-France Laclide-Drouin

    Today Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Compliance Director of RATP Developpement. Prior to that, Anne France Laclide-Drouin was CFO and member of the Executive Committee of the Consolis group, CFO of the Idemia group (formerly Oberthur Technologies) and of various companies such as Elis, GrandVision, AS Watson (Marionnaud) and Guilbert. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She sits as an independent director on the Board of CGG (a global geosciences group working for the energy industry). She is Chair of the Audit Committee of the same company. She has also been independent director on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee, at SFR.

  • Independent member
    Orla Noonan

    Graduated of HEC Paris (1994) and with a BA (Economics) from Trinity College Dublin (1992), Orla Noonan, 51 years old, started her career in 1994 in investment banking in London at Salomon Brothers as a financial analyst, particularly in the media/telecom sector. She joined the AB Group in 1996 as Director in charge of business development, M&A and financial communication. She led IPOs in New York and Paris as well as external growth operations, including the acquisitions of the TV channels RTL9 and TMC. She was Chairman of the television channel NT1 between 2005 and 2010. Orla Noonan became Executive Vice President of the group in 1999 and a member of its Board of Directors in 2003. As CEO of AB Group between 2014 and 2018, she undertook the acquisition of a number of independent production companies, thereby strengthening the group’s position as the French leader in the production and distribution of audiovisual content. In 2018, she was nominated Chairman of the Board of Adevinta, the world’s leading online classifieds company.

Board Committees

The Board has established three committees: the Audit Committee, the Appointments and Remuneration Committee and the CSR Committee.


 

  • Audit Committee

    Chairwoman (independent): Anne France Laclide-Drouin

    Member (independent): Orla Noonan

    Member (non independent): Ventech, represented by Alain Caffi

    Composition: The Audit Committee is composed of three (3) members of the Board of Directors, of whom two (2) are appointed from among the independent members of the Board of Directors. They are appointed by the Board of Directors, on the proposal of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee. The composition of the Audit Committee may be changed by the Board of Directors, and in any case must be changed if the general composition of the Board of Directors changes.

    Assignments: The mission of the Audit Committee is to monitor issues relating to the preparation and control of accounting and financial information and to ensure the effectiveness of the risk monitoring and operational internal control system, in order to facilitate the exercise by the Board of Directors of its control and verification duties in this area. In this context, the Audit Committee has the following main tasks:

    • (i) Monitoring the financial reporting process.
    • (ii) Monitoring the effectiveness of internal control, internal audit and risk management systems relating to financial and non-financial accounting information.
    • (iii) Monitoring of the statutory audit of the company and consolidated financial statements by the Company’s auditors.
    • (iv) Monitoring the independence of the Statutory Auditors.
    • (v) Compliance
  • Appointments and Remuneration committee

    Chairwoman (independent): Orla Noonan

    Member (independent): Kathleen O'Riordan

    Member (non independent): John Doran

    Composition: The Appointments and Remuneration Committee is composed of three (3) members of the Board of Directors, of whom two (2) are appointed from among the independent members of the Board of Directors. They are appointed by the Board of Directors on the basis of their independence and their expertise in the selection or remuneration of executive directors of listed companies. The Appointments and Remuneration Committee may not include any executive directors.

    Assignments: The Appointments and Remuneration Committee is a specialized committee of the Board of Directors whose main tasks are to assist the Board in:

    1. the composition of the management bodies of the Company and the Group
    2. the determination and regular assessment of all remuneration and benefits of the Company’s executive directors, including all deferred benefits and/or voluntary or forced departure indemnities.
  • CSR Committee

    Chairwoman (independent): Kathleen O’Riordan

    Member (non independent): Denis Ladegaillerie

    Membre (non independent): Ventech, represented by Alain Caffi

    Composition: The CSR Committee is composed of three (3) members of the Board of Directors, including the Chair of the Board of Directors and one (1) member appointed from the independent members of the Board of Directors. They are appointed by the Board of Directors, on the proposal of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee. The composition of the CSR Committee may be modified by the Board of Directors, and is, in any case, obligatorily modified in the event of a change in the general composition of the Board of Directors.

    Assignments: The CSR Committee ensures the governance and monitoring of the Group’s social and environmental projects and the preparation of the Board of Directors’ decisions on environmental and social matters. The CSR Committee ensures that the Group addresses the societal and environmental issues related to its objective of developing artists and labels in the most appropriate way possible, at every stage of their career and their development, in all the local markets of the world, with respect, expertise, equity and transparency.

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