Vinci launches succession plan for outgoing chief Huillard

Xavier Huillard talking with former French education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem at his alma mater in 2015 (Ecole Polytechnique/CC BY-SA 2.0)
French construction group Vinci, the largest in the world outside China, has activated its succession plan for the retirement of chief executive Xavier Huillard, due after the company’s annual general meeting next year.
Pierre Anjolras is expected to take over next year (Vinci)

Huillard, who will turn 70 in June, has been chief executive since 2006 and chairman since 2010.

His heir apparent is Pierre Anjolras, 58, the head of Vinci Construction.

Anjolras was named chief operating officer yesterday, a post seen as a preparation for assuming the leadership of the group.

The decision was made unanimously last week by the company’s administrative council.

He joined Vinci in 1999, and has worked in various positions for the company’s toll roads businesses before being appointed chair of Vinci Construction in 2021 with the special mission of unifying it with the Eurovia roads subsidiary.

Huillard grew up in Côte d’Ivoire, the son of the engineer who oversaw the construction of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix basilica in Yamoussoukro, the capital of the country.

After training as a civil engineer, he worked for Eiffage before heading Sogea, a construction subsidiary of Vinci.

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