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 more than 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 €1.315bn in 2022.

 

Governance

Olivier Ginon

Olivier Ginon

CHAIRMAN

Olivier Ferraton

Olivier Ferraton

DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, CEO GL EVENTS LIVE

Sylvain Bechet

Sylvain Bechet

FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENTS GENERAL MANAGER

Fanny Chavaux

Fanny Chavaux

CHIEF HUMAN RESSOURCES OFFICER

Maxime Rosenwald

Maxime Rosenwald

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GL EVENTS LIVE

Christophe Cizeron

Christophe Cizeron

CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF GL EVENTS VENUES

Daniel Chapiro

Daniel Chapiro

GENERAL MANAGER OF GL EVENTS VENUES

Audrey Chavancy

Audrey Chavancy

DIRECTOR OF CSR AND RISK

Philippe Pasquet

Philippe Pasquet

CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF GL EVENTS EXHIBITIONS

Damien Timperio

Damien Timperio

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GL EVENTS EXHIBITIONS

Patricia Sadoine

Patricia Sadoine

GROUP LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Bruno Lartigue

Bruno Lartigue

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SECRETAIRE, CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

Denis Tomasicchio

Denis Tomasicchio

GROUP CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Eric Le Boulch

Éric Le Boulch

MANAGING DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF ILE DE FRANCE
SENIOR CORPORATE ADVISOR

Board of Directors

  • Olivier GINON
  • Chairman and CEO
  • AQUASOURCA
  • Represented by Sophie DEFORREY CREPET
  • Independent director
  • Compensation and Nominating Committee member
  • Daniel HAVIS
  • Independent director
  • Audit Committee Chairman
  • Anne-Sophie GINON
  • Director
  • Member of the CSR committee
  • Maud BAILLY
  • Independent director
  • Marc MICHOULIER
  • Independent director
  • Compensation and Nominating Committee member
  • Fanny PICARD
  • Independent director
  • Chair of the CSR Committee
  • Erick ROSTAGNAT
  • Censor
  • Nicolas DE TAVERNOST
  • Independent director
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Joseph AGUERA
  • Independent director
  • Chairman of the Compensation and Nominating Committee
  • Sophie SIDOS
  • Independent director
  • RSE Committee member
  • Félix CREPET
  • Independent director
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Gregory GUISSARD
  • Director
  • Lionel YVANT
  • Director
  • Caroline GINON
  • Director

Comité Stratégique

  • Nicolas DE TAVERNOST
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Chairman of the Strategic Committee
  • Anne-Sophie GINON
  • Director
  • Vice-Chairman of the Strategic Committee
  • Daniel HAVIS
  • Independent director
  • Lionel Yvant
  • Director
  • Gregory GUISSARD
  • Director
  • Felix Crepet
  • Independent director

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
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 and Vannes
  • Opening of office in Shanghai
2006
  • Doha 2006: Asian Games
  • Venue management: Riocentro, 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, Turin, Arena in Rio
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • First Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais
2011
  • Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
  • Asian Nations Football Cup, London Test Events
  • 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, 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
2020
  • GL events in the service of health emergencies: a hospital in Johannesburg, creation of a modular complex of confined resuscitation, emergency care units in Chile...
  • New TV studio offer
2021
  • Delivery and inauguration of the ephemeral Grand Palais
  • The Group supports Japan in the organization of the postponed Olympic Games
2022
  • FIFA World Cup in Qatar, COP27 in Egypt, Commonwealth Games
  • Acquisition of Field & Lawn
2023
  • GL events official partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
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