Bringing people together

With offices and venues on five continents and in more than 20 countries, GL events is the partner of all events.

A UNIQUE BUSINESS MODEL:

ACTIVITIES WHICH COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER

An international player operating in the three main event markets

With 40 years' experience, GL events is a major player in the main event markets: congresses and conventions; cultural, sporting, institutional, corporate or political events; trade shows and exhibitions.
GL events provides its customers with a comprehensive service offer: Live - event design, production and logistics, Venues - a network of event venues, Exhibitions - organiser of fairs, congresses and events. As a specialist in each of these 3 areas, the Group is involved in every aspect of events, from defining and designing the project to the implementation of operations on the ground.
Listed on the Eurolist Euronext Compartment B (Paris Stock Exchange), GL events had a turnover of €1,041 million in 2018.

 

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Governance

Olivier Ginon

CHAIRMAN

Olivier Roux

VICE CHAIRMAN

Olivier Ferraton

DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, CEO GL EVENTS LIVE

Erick Rostagnat

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CORPORATE FINANCE AND INVESTOR RELATIONS

Jean-Eudes Rabut

CHAIRMAN ADVISER

Christophe Cizeron

CEO GL EVENTS VENUES

Philippe Pasquet

MANAGING DIRECTOR GL EVENTS EXHIBITIONS

Damien Timperio

MANAGING DIRECTOR, GL EVENTS BRAZIL

Sylvie Fouillouse

CHIEF HUMAN RESSOURCES OFFICER

Sylvain Bechet

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Gaultier De La Rochebrochard

GROUP GENERAL COUNSEL

Bruno Lartigue

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SECRETAIRE, CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

Denis Tomasicchio

GROUP CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Board of Directors

  • Olivier GINON
  • Chairman and CEO
  • Director
  • Olivier ROUX
  • Vice chairman
  • Deputy chief executive officer
  • Director
  • Yves-Claude ABESCAT
  • Independent director
  • Audit Committee Chairman
  • AQUASOURCA
  • Represented by Sophie DEFORREY CREPET
  • Director
  • Compensation and Nominating Committee member
  • Anne-Sophie GINON
  • Director
  • Daniel HAVIS
  • Director
  • Anne-Céline LESCOP
  • Director
  • RSE Committee member
  • Philippe MARCEL
  • Independent Director
  • Compensation and Nominating Committee Chairman
  • Marc MICHOULIER
  • Director
  • Compensation and Nominating Committee member
  • Fanny PICARD
  • Independent Director
  • Erick ROSTAGNAT
  • Director
  • SOFINA
  • Represented by Edward KOOPMAN
  • Director
  • Nicolas DE TAVERNOST
  • Independent Director
  • Caroline WEBER
  • Independent Director
  • Audit Committee member
  • RSE Committee member
  • Giulia VAN WAEYENBERGE
  • Director
  • Gilles GOUEDARD COMTE
  • Censor

History and Key Dates

1978
  • Creation of Polygone Services, Rue Vaubecour in Lyon, France.
1981
  • First contract for installing a trade fair.
1984
  • Creation of Polygone SA and development of the production site in St-Genis Laval.
1989
  • Birth of Générale Location and opening of Polygone Spain.
1995
  • “Espace Eiffel Branly” in Paris: first reception venue management contract.
1996
  • G7 summit hosted at the Lyon Convention Centre.
1998
  • Football World Cup: first contracts in the sector of major international events.
  • Listing on the Second Market of the Paris Stock Exchange.
1999
  • Creation of the furniture subsidiary in Hong Kong.
  • Management concession for the Lyon Convention Centre.
2000
  • External growth in Hong Kong and Belgium.
  • Sydney Olympic Games: partner to international events.
2001
  • Opening of GL USA.
  • Development in the United Kingdom.
  • Management of the Barcelona International Convention Centre.
2002
  • Management of Toulouse Convention Centre and Exhibition Park.
2003
  • Générale Location becomes GL events.
  • Management contracts for the Parc Floral de Paris and Grande Halle d’Auvergne.
2005
  • Management contracts for venues in Budapest, Padua and Vannes.
  • Opening of office in Shanghai.
2006
  • Doha 2006: Asian Games.
  • Venue management: Riocentro, Pudong, Eurexpo, Metz Expo.
  • Event Organisation: Sepelcom, Kobé, Fagga Eventos.
2007
  • Acquisition of Promotor International, AGOR.
  • Shareholding in Première Vision.
  • Test Events in Hong Kong, Rugby World Cup.
  • Venue management: Brussels, Nice, Turin, Arena in Rio, Curitiba.
  • GL events becomes a partner of LOU Rugby.
2008
  • Acquisition of 6 new fairs in the Industrial sector.
  • Beijing Olympics: installation of event sites in Hong Kong for the equestrian events.
  • Troyes Exhibition Park.
  • Skiing World Cup.
2009
  • FIFA Confederations Cup, South Africa 2009.
  • Rehearsal for the FIFA,World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
  • Management of the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, the Paloval in Turin, the Palais de la Mutualité in Paris, and the MégaCité in Amiens.
2010
  • FIFA Football World Cup, South Africa, 2010 Historic contract for GL events, the partner to major events.
  • Commonwealth Games in India.
  • Expo 2010 Shanghai.
  • Management contract for Palais Brongniart in Paris.
  • African commemorations in Congo and Gabon.
  • First Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais.
2011
  • Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
  • Asian Nations Football Cup. London Test Events.
  • First Qatar Motorshow.
  • New Conference and Exhibition Centre in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Construction of stadium for LOU Rugby: the Matmut Stadium in Vénissieux, built in 90 days.
2012
  • London Olympic Games 2012.
  • Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
  • RIO+20 World Conference on Climate.
  • Première Vision in 7 capital cities around the world.
2013
  • Sao Paulo: 30-year management contract for the Exhibition Park.
  • Metz: management of the Convention Centre.
  • World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Pavilion M in Marseille, European Capital of Culture.
  • GL events moves into new offices in the Lyon Confluence district.
2014
  • Strasbourg: management of the Convention Centre.
  • COP 20 in Lima: GL events, partner to the major world summits
  • Development in Latin America, Chile and Peru.
  • New service offer of modular durable stadiums.
  • Pan-American Games in Toronto.
2015
  • Sao Paulo Expo: construction of a 4,000 place car-park.
  • Rio Centro: inauguration of the Grand Mercure Hotel.
  • Acquisition of Jaulin.
  • Venues: Paris Event Center.
  • European Games in Baku & Universal Exhibition in Milan.
2016
  • Inauguration of Sao Paulo Expo.
  • After the COP20 in Lima and COP21 in Paris, GL events is a partner to the COP22 in Marrakesh.
  • Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
  • Euro 2016.
2017
  • Matmut Stadium in Gerland: 6 months of work for a stadium dedicated to rugby.
  • Creation of the “Global Industrie” trade fair.
  • China: management contract for the future Convention Centre in Guangzhou.
  • Development in Chile: acquisition of Tarpulin.
  • Acquisition of Wicked & Flow (Dubaï), Aganto (UK) and the agency CCC.
  • Japan: GL events chosen to manage the future Aichi Exhibition Park.
2018
  • Venues : Aïchi, Dubaï, Caen, Reims, new Venues in Saint-Étienne, renewal of the Lyon Convention Center and the Scarabée of Roanne.
  • Capital increase amounted to €106.7 million.
  • Acquisition of Fisa and Even Pro.
  • Indonesian Asian Games.
  • European championships.
  • Paris Ryder Cup.
2019
  • Acceleration of development in Asia with the acquisition of ZZX and CIEC Union.
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