Paris—The Tarkett Supervisory Board has appointed Fabrice Barthélemy as chief executive officer and chairman of the management board.

Barthélemy has been a member of Tarkett’s management board since 2008. He held the role of group chief financial officer from 2008 to 2017, then becoming president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America division. Since September 2018, he has also served as interim chairman of the management board.

In a statement, the company said Fabrice possesses unique knowledge of Tarkett and its sector, with more than 10 years of experience within the group. He successfully contributed to the group’s strategy of profitable growth, turning Tarkett into a world leader in flooring and sports surfaces. He contributed to more than 20 acquisitions and was also instrumental in the IPO on Euronext Paris completed in 2013. During his tenure as president of the division EMEA & Latin America, Barthélemy has demonstrated his ability to lead the group's main division in a complex environment.

"As a strong leader, Fabrice has demonstrated his ability to unite and engage teams to ensure the implementation of our strategic decisions," said Eric La Bonnardière, chairman of Tarkett’s Supervisory Board.

Fabrice Barthélemy, CEO of Tarkett, added:  “I would like to thank the Supervisory Board for the confidence it has placed in me to lead the transformation of the Group and confront new challenges with the support of all Tarkett’s teams. With the Executive Committee, our objective is to turn the Group’s financial performance around and focus our investments on the most dynamic segments and territories. We also want to make our organization more agile and digital to accelerate innovation and provide solutions that will make a difference for our customers. Finally, we aim to extend the Group’s leadership in the circular economy to better respond to all our stakeholder’s expectations and turn it into a source of business differentiation. We have strong assets and experienced, motivated teams to meet this challenge. We are already on track to begin the transformation and we will present our strategy in more detail in the coming months.”

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