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Interview with Régis Arnoux
CIS is a service company. Can you tell us more about it?
We’re first and foremost a company made of men and women. The expertise and passion of our teams both at operational sites and at the head office are devoted to the well-being of our customers.
Our objective is continuous customer satisfaction. The quality of our services enables them not only to focus on their core business, but also to feel almost at home on site.
Our DNA compels us to develop sound strategic partnerships with our customers. We build profitable, competitive solutions over the long term to enhance our operational excellence.
At the same time, CIS is also firmly dedicated to developing the socio-economic environment in the countries where it operates to benefit their population.
Indeed, what are your commitments to social and economic development?
On every operating site, we adopt CSR policies to promote the economic and social development of the local communities. We work closely with the authorities, companies and local populations to improve their living conditions.
At CIS, we place great importance on educating the local population and hiring local employees to fill positions.
What about the Group’s corporate governance in 2016?
In 2016, we strengthened it. Jeremy de Brabant was brought in as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in the middle of the year.
With dual Canadian and French citizenship, he has spent most of his career working in international markets. Holding a degree in engineering, he has solid experience skilfully managing a company with about the same revenue level as CIS. He also has a sharp sense of human relations, a key factor for ensuring the company’s long-term success.
You implemented a strategic plan in 2015. What are its growth drivers?
As part of our strategic plan, ARISE 500, we implemented an offensive strategy aiming to focus on the four industries in which our customers operate: oil and gas, mining, major infrastructure projects and defence. We also accelerated our development in high potential geographic markets, strengthened our customer base through innovation and by expanding our service offering, and improved our operating profitability.
What are the outlook and goals for 2017?
The ARISE 500 strategic plan has motivated our teams and put CIS on its way to achieving profitable growth. I confirm the objective for a first phase of €500 million in sales revenue by 2020.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer