Paris, February 2, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerome Viala, Chief Financial Officer to the role of Executive Vice President for the Group. As a result, Jerome Viala has been number two on Lectra’s Executive Committee since January 1, 2017.
“Lectra will soon announce a new strategic roadmap, revealing the Group’s ambitions for the 2017-2019 period and beyond. I felt it was very important to involve Jeome even more in our new industrial adventure,“ stated Daniel Harari, CEO, Lectra. “Jerome and I have worked together for 26 years. During these years, I have appreciated his rigor, his ability to make decisions and stand by them, and his many human qualities.”
Since becoming CFO of Lectra in 1994, and member of the Executive Committee since its creation in 2005, Jerome Viala, 55 years old, has progressively taken on more responsibilities within the Group. He is now in charge of coordinating the industrial, customer care, consumables and parts, and international human resources’ activities. In parallel, over the last few years Jerome has become increasingly involved in developing Lectra’s international operations, including the opening of Lectra’s subsidiaries in South Korea and Vietnam.
“Lectra’s upcoming strategic cycle, to be presented on February 9, will be exciting due to the highly innovative way it creates value for our customers, and for the Group,” underlines Jerome Viala. “I am thrilled about the opportunity to support the implementation of our new roadmap in its many aspects.”
Jérôme Viala, a graduate of the ESC Bordeaux (KEDGE Business School, France), began his career as a credit analyst at Esso (France). He joined the finance department of Lectra in 1985, then successively held different financial positions in the Group before becoming Chief Financial Officer in 1994.