Sandrine Thiéfine appointed General Manager of Groupe Roc-Eclerc

Sandrine Thiéfine appointed General Manager of Groupe Roc-Eclerc

Sandrine Thiéfine appointed General Manager of Groupe Roc-Eclerc green_squares

Paris – ROC-ECLERC, N° 2 in funeral services in France, announces the nomination, on 2nd April 2009, of Sandrine Thiéfine, 42, as General Manager of Groupe ROC-ECLERC and member of the Board of Funéraires Développements SAS.

Hervé Racine, Chairman of the Board, refers to Sandrine’s nearly 20 years of experience in the funeral services sector and states that this had been a major asset in the development to date of Groupe ROC-ECLERC which will have more than 470 affiliated points of sale throughout France next June.

Sandrine Thiéfine joined Groupe ROC-ECLERC in 2005 as Sales Manager. She came to the Group with sound operational experience gained while holding previous positions in funeral services agencies and marble works. In particular, she was Regional Director for PLM, a funeral services company with annual turnover of more than 14 million euros. This experience was complemented by a previous position in the Audit and Financial department of Groupe OGF.

Since July 2008, Sandrine Thiéfine has been Assistant General Manager in charge of Business development and Operations.

In this role, she has directed and managed the Group’s central referencing and purchasing platforms, a strategic position in the implantation of the network of ROC-ECLERC affiliates.

Since joining the Group, Sandrine Thiéfine has developed the ROC-ECLERC network extensively and successfully, both in terms of number of agencies (more than 180 new outlets, some with new affiliates, others with long standing partners and always in agreement with them) and quality, by way of progressive standardisation and the systemization of the signature of a Brand Code of Conduct and Commitment.

With Sandrine Thiéfine in this new position, Groupe ROC-ECLERC intends continuing its development. The network had 300 shops in 2005 and will have 470 in June 2009. The aim is to reach 600 points of sale in the very near future. Thereafter, the Group plans pursuing its development in the French Overseas Territories (Dom-Tom) as well as within Europe.

About Groupe Roc-Eclerc :

N°2 in Funeral Services in France, ROC-ECLERC is a network of brand franchises made up of 470 shops run by nearly 250 professional funeral services managers. The network provides approximately 50.000 funeral services and 20.000 monuments annually. During its 23 years of experience and thanks to its network of professionals, ROC-ECLERC has established itself as a brand with a strong identity. The brand’s strength: the quality/price ratio. Today, with turnover of 135 million euros, the Group employs more than 2 000 people throughout France. Between now and 2012, ROC-ECLERC envisages opening 150 supplementary points of sale in France and reaching an annual turnover of 200 million euros. In a market which shows natural growth, due to demographic evolution, the Group’s ambition is to offer quality services at prices and on conditions which are accessible to all.

Press contact ROC-ECLERC – So & Cie
Sophie Ravier
Tel. 06 60 29 11 69

About Argos Wityu :

Created in 1989, Argos Wityu is an independent European Private Equity firm with offices in Milan, Paris and Geneva, wholly owned and operated by its partners. Argos Wityu focuses on management buy-outs and buy-ins in small and medium sized companies across Europe, but primarily in France, Italy and Switzerland. The group of funds managed by the firm typically take majority stakes ranging from €10m to €50m in companies with revenues of €20m to €400m. The operations Argos Wityu has carried out include Buffet Crampon, Roc-Eclerc, Oxbow, Du Pareil au Même and Kermel in France, Sparco, GPP and CH&F in Italy, and Maillefer, Kägi and ORS in Switzerland.

The €275m ARGOS WITYU V fund raised in 2006 has allowed the firm to carry out 12 transactions to date: six MBOs (Sitour, GPP, FHB, Kägi, Orsyp and LEXSI), four BIMBOs (Axyntis, Marie Laure PLV, Alkan and Bellco) and two MBIs (DinnoSanté, Mertz).

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Press contact Argos Wityu

Madeleine RESENER
Tél : 33-(0)6 20 41 39 82


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