The French Insurance Federation strengthens its Management Team

The French Insurance Federation has announced several new arrivals and appointments to roll out its transformation plan that launched in June 2021.

On 1 September, the French Insurance Federation set up a new organisational structure to strengthen its collective efficiency at the service of its 260 member insurance and reinsurance companies. 

This new organisational structure will enable the French Insurance Federation to align its operations with the three strategic priorities set by its members to proactively promote the insurance sector: to develop its capacity to engage in public debate, to communicate more to the general public and to strengthen its internal efficiency. 


As part of this roll out, the French Insurance Federation is announcing several appointments to positions reporting into General Management.

Stéphane PENET is promoted to Deputy Managing Director, reporting to Franck Le Vallois, Managing Director. At the FFA, he was previously in charge of the Property & Casualty, Personal Insurance and Prevention Insurance Divisions.

Jérôme BALMES is appointed Head of Business Management & Technology, reporting to Franck Le Vallois, Managing Director. He was previously in charge of the Digital Division. 

Philippe BERNARDI is appointed Head of Personal Insurance, reporting to Franck Le Vallois, Managing Director. He was previously Head of Life Insurance.

Manuela LENOIR is appointed Head of Distribution & Consumer. She was previously responsible for the Territorial Affairs Department within the Division of Public Affairs. Manuela Lenoir will now report to Stéphane Pénet, Deputy Managing Director.

François ROSIER is appointed Head of Legal & Compliance. He was previously General Counsel. He reports to Stéphane Pénet, Deputy Managing Director.


In the coming weeks, several new members will join the French Insurance Federation.

Gaëlle LE GLOANEC will be appointed Head of Human Resources. Reporting to Franck Le Vallois, she will be takinbg over from Martine Bacciochini. Gaëlle Le Gloanec is currently Head of HR of the GPSA (Gestion Professionnelle des Services de l’Assurance) economic interest group administered by the French Insurance Federation. She will have a dual role as Head of HR of the French Insurance Federation and Head of HR of the GPSA. Gaëlle Le Gloanec has a degree in Human Resources and has worked in various business sectors, including as Human Resources for the MEDEF. She then joined a medium-sized construction company before continuing her career in insurance brokerage. 

Emilie NETTER will be appointed Head of Communications and will report to Franck Le Vallois. She holds a postgraduate degree in Applied Mathematics (Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris) and began her career as an IT consultant in the banking sector. She then held several positions at Allianz within different divisions such as Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Communication and Distribution. Emilie Netter was responsible for employer branding, commercial network communication and institutional communication.

Philippe TAFFIN will join the FFA in the coming weeks as Head of Finance and Investment, reporting to Franck Le Vallois. An HEC graduate and a certified actuary of the French Institute of Actuaries, he is currently Chief Investment Officer and Head of ALM at AVIVA France. Previously, Philippe Taffin held various positions within banking and insurance groups such as Société Générale, HSBC, Crédit Agricole and AXA.

In addition, remain in charge of business practices and centres of competence reporting to General Management:

  • José BARDAJI, in charge of the Division of Statistics & Economic Research,
  • Marie-Clémence BASDEVANT, in charge of Strategy & Forecasting,
  • Christophe LEFEVRE, in charge of Transformation & Organisation,
  • Alexis MEYER, in charge of the Social & Diversity Division,
  • Christian PIEROTTI, in charge of the Division of Public & Social Affairs,
  • Catherine TRACA, in charge of the Property & Casualty Insurance Division.

The Federation’s support functions remain under the responsibility of Jean-Luc SAGHAARD (Operations) and Slimane TEZKRATT (Budget, Accounting & Finance).

The new operational model of the French Insurance Federation is now based on “business practices”(Property & Casualty, Personal Insurance, Distribution & Consumer, Finance & Investment, Social & Diversity) and “centres of competence” (Public & Social Affairs, Communication, Statistics & Economic Research, Law & Compliance). 

The “business practices” lead the technical work between the members of the French Insurance Federation to develop the positions of the profession. The “centres of competence” design and implement the Federation’s opinion actions.