Activa Capital announces the appointment of Xavier Govare, former President of Labeyrie, the Chairs…

Activa Capital, an independent French investment capital, announces that Xavier Govare (59), former Chairman of Labeyrie, will succeed Philippe du Mesnil (67), former President of Ceva Animal Health, to the Chair of its Industrial Committee. These are two iconic figures of growth and internationalization of their companies through LBOs successive successful. Philippe du Mesnil will remain fully invested in the Industrial Committee in which it has been working actively for more than 14 years.

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The Industrial Committee of Activa is composed of 15 industry experts recognized that the accompany them in the study of investment opportunities and in monitoring its interests.

Philippe du Mesnil said : “I have the pleasure of working with Activa since 2003 and have been the Chairman of Industrial Committee for more than 7 years. I am very happy to pass the hand and to welcome Xavier Govare. I particularly like the cover concrete that we are trying to bring to the bosses of SMES in order to help them to grow and grow to become leaders in the european or global sector. The experience of Xavier will be invaluable”

Xavier Govare, Chairman of the Industrial Committee of Activa adds : “I am very happy to work with Activa to support French companies with high potential, among others in the agri-food sector. I am convinced of the growth potential of innovative SMES in terms of brand or product, and our ability to identify and accompany with great success for years to come, the image of the success of Activa in the sector, such as Mothering/Mont Blanc, Pronatura, and Alliance Labels.

Charles Diehl, Partner of Activa Capital, said : “We are delighted to welcome Xavier Govare to the Presidency of our Industrial Committee, alongside Philippe du Mesnil, two iconic figures of our industry, having successfully leveraged BUYOUT successive to show strong organic growth in France and internationally, through numerous build-ups. Under the presidency of Xavier Govare, Labeyrie has multiplied its turnover by 36 between 1989 and 2016, with strong organic growth and 12 acquisitions, bringing its international sales to 45%. Their experience will be valuable to unearth and support talented entrepreneurs. We are convinced of the primordial role that can be played by the French companies in the dynamism of our country by becoming of ETI international reach. ”

Biography of Xavier Govare
Xavier Govare, 59 years old, from the EDHEC business school, graduated with a degree in marketing and began his career with Reckitt Benckiser in 1983. He works in 1985, during 4 years, for Best Foods (now a subsidiary of Unilever). In 1989, he joined the Group Labeyrie Fine Foods (LFF) as Director Marketing and Sales. In 2000, he became General Manager and in 2002 CEO of the Group. Under his Chairmanship, the Group Labeyrie has seen its turnover multiplied by 36, and to date, more than 5000 employees. He is also a director of Savencia cheese and dairy, and a director of Logismose Meyers.

About Activa Capital
Activa Capital is an independent venture capital investment is characterized by a proactive strategy of build-ups. It currently manages more than 500 million euros on behalf of institutional investors in investing in SMES and ETI French high-potential with an enterprise value of between 20 and 200 million euros. Activa Capital accompanies them to accelerate their development and their international presence.
The recent news of Activa Capital on the last few months include : support the development of HR Path, a global player in HR solutions ; the investment in LOOK, iconic brand in the sport ; and the recovery of Atlas For Men from the international group Of Agositini ; the constitution of Alliance Labels, printing labels premium for the wine and agri-food (4 external growth transactions, in less than a year); the birth of the platform consolidation Mecadaq Group in the sub-contract for aviation or even the development of the group’s international Armatis-lc.

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