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Henri de Castries

Henri de Castries

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A.

Lead Independent Director
Chair's and Corporate Governance Committee
Nomination Committee (Chairman)
Audit Committee


Elected to the Board 2012

Date of birth: 1954
Nationality: French



  • April 2010 - September 2016 Chairman and CEO of AXA
  • May 2000 - April 2010 Chairman of AXA Management Board
  • 1997 Chairman of The Equitable Companies (which later became AXA Financial)
  • 1996 Played an active role in preparing the Union des Paris (UAP) merger and the subsequent integration of the two groups
  • 1994 Assumed role of overseeing North American and UK operations for the AXA Group
  • 1993 Senior Executive Vice President for the AXA Group's asset management, financial and real-estate businesses
  • 1991 Appointed Corporate Secretary, in charge of legal aspects of reorganization and merger of Compagnie du Midi with and into the AXA Group
  • 1989 Joined AXA's Corporate Finance Division
  • 1986 Appointed to oversee foreign exchange markets and balance of payments for the French Treasury Department
  • 1984 Joined the French Treasury Department
  • 1980 - 1984 Responsible for auditing government agencies at the French Finance Ministry Inspection Office


  • 1980 Graduated from ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration)
  • 1976 Bachelor's degree in Law from HEC Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes)


  • Lead Independent Director, Stellantis N.V.
  • Board member, AXA Assurances Vie Mutuelle
  • Board member, AXA Assurances IARD Mutuelle
  • Senior Advisor, Chairman of Europe, General Atlantic
  • Board member, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (FNSP), (FR)