A premium team in the heart of Paris dedicated to CEO effectiveness
With more than twenty years of management experience in France and abroad, CEO Companions have an outstanding track record in executive and personal development. Our coaches work exclusively in executive coaching and receive regular supervision and feedback on their practice. Depending on your specific expectations, we can also provide you our network of international speakers and executive coaches for built-in training programs, corporate conferences, executive seminars or leadership events.
- Thierry Chavel -
- Pascale Chabert -
- Sarah Franko -
- Danila Di Gennaro -
> Our Paris Office <
- Genevieve Goulet-Goudard -
149 boulevard du Montparnasse
75006 Paris - tél 01 55 35 05 30 RER Metro
Port Royal (ligne B), Vavin (ligne 4), Raspail (ligne 6) Parking
Co-head of the first French Coaching Degree at the University of Paris 2, Panthéon-Assas
Associate Professor at CIFFOP, University of Paris 2, Panthéon Assas
French citizen, born in Paris, Thierry graduated from EM Lyon business school and studied Industrial Sociology and Organizational Development in France and in Switzerland.
An Advanced Studies degree (DEA) in Human Resources gave him the opportunity to analyse management behaviours in non for profit organisations and to design in-depth market relationships in the European postal industry. He holds a PhD in management science (cum laude) and an accreditation to supervise research (HDR), both from University of Paris 2.
After a first experience as an I.T. project manager with ALSTOM, Thierry worked for a few years as an organization consultant for SV&GM (now part of PWC), where he developed and implemented new organizational patterns — BPR, productivity efficiency, quality management, M&A follow-ups — in the banking sector, pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries as well as entertainment resorts.
Having subsequently specialised in the development of operational coaching for managers, Thierry worked in a wide range of projects including change management training, high potential assessments, intercultural communication improvements, management by objectives programs, etc.
Thierry has been an executive coach for nearly twenty years, providing extensive, tailor-made support to high level business leaders and executive committees in the industrial, banking and service sectors.
Fluent in German and in English, Thierry Chavel regularly gives lectures on Executive Coaching across Europe, and has developed coaching training programs which he provided to more than 200 consultants, HR leaders and executives in France. He has been running the first French Coaching Degree at University of Paris 2 since 2003 and taught Organisational Behaviour at HEC, Paris, from 2002 till 2012. Active contributor to various business reviews and author of a number of management books – including the acclaimed “La Pleine Conscience” (2012), published by Editions d’Organisation – Thierry Chavel is regularly invited as an expert coach speaker to executive and research conventions.
After graduating from ESCP Paris Business School in 1988, Pascale worked in the United States where she joined UNILEVER and held a number of executive marketing positions for twelve years, with two main areas of focus:
Business side : market strategy and trademark portfolio management, project leader in France, BU CMO and Group Head of Digital Communication;
Human resource development side: multicultural and mutlifunctional team manager, on-the-job training, coaching and empowerment of people from recruitment to career development.
Her coaching skills were very much nurtured by her 20 year experience in the heart of HR Development
and Change management in several sectors including recruitment and interim services, retail and F&CG:
Adecco Group, Darty, Nestlé Waters. Lately, as HR Development Manager for Nestlé Waters, she
successfully led as a MasterCoach an extensive program for all managers-coaches in France during 4
Her coaching style is very much solution oriented, empowering her executive clients with positive energy
and the key for self transformation, to become more assertive and enhance their charism. She practices
her assignments for CEO Companions with passion both with individuals and executive teams.
After studying clinical psychology and systemic approach at Paris University (Paris X Nanterre), Sarah Franko started her career in the health sector as a hospital psychologist, in parallel to freelance assignments in executive search for a major head-hunter in Strategy and Finance.
In 2000, Sarah joined CAPGEMINI as HR Director for the Strategy Consulting branch. She became a consultant herself in 2005, specialized in strategic and organisational transformations of key HR challenges, mainly in the public sector. During six years, Sarah was project manager in Financial Services (banking and insurance) and in Utilities sectors on following consulting topics:
Assessment centers and Executive training programs for High Potential leaders
Human Resource Planning and Executive career development
Organisational change management
Executive team seminars
Convinced that human capital is at stake in an accelerating business world, Sarah dedicated herself to executive coaching in 2011.
Sarah extensively works with HiPo leaders and ExCo teams for CEO Companions, in a large variety of sectors such as Luxury, Energy and Public Housing.
During her 15-year experience in Human Resources, Training and Communication environments, Danila has served as Personal Assistant to CEOs in both international firms and smaller companies. She joined CEO Companions in 2016 as Office Manager.
Danila is also an artist, having spent thirteen years in the world of contemporary dance, including studying at the Martha Graham’s Ballet Academy in New-York and with choreographer Mami Raomeria. Danila graduated from an Accounting and BA degree in Rome, and speaks fluent French, Italian and English. She partners all CEO Companions clients and suppliers on every logistic matter and manages agendas and PR for the coaches in Paris.