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DIA’s board of directors is made up of 6 members, of which four are independent, one executive and one proprietary. Their term of office is three years from the appointment or, in this case, the reelection by the AGM.

Mr. Stephan DuCharme

Executive Chairman / Executive Director

Date of the appointment: 30th August, 2019 (on an interim basis on 21st May, 2019 and ratified by the AGM on 30th August, 2019)

Represented Shareholder: L1R INVEST1 HOLDINGS, S.A.R.L

Holds a Degree in Political Science and Economics from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from INSEAD (France). He has over 30 years of experience leading cutting-edge organisations in the financial, industrial and retail sectors. He is currently the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of food retailer X5 Retail Group, where he led the company’s successful reconversion plan between 2012 and 2015 as CEO. Mr. DuCharme has sat on the boards of companies such as SUEK Siberian Coal & Energy Company, First Ukraine International Bank, Iberia Refreshments and Lomisis JSC. Starting his professional career at Salomon Brothers in 1987, Mr. Ducharme has also held posts at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Alfa Group. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Holland & Barrett and the Managing Partner of the retail division of L1 Retail LL.

Mr. Christian Couvreux

Lead Independent Director / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 30th August, 2019 (on an interim basis on 21st May, 2019 and ratified by the AGM on 30th August, 2019)

Number of shares: 21.748

Number of rights: 1.034.864

Mr. Couvreux is a graduate in Economics from Paris University. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from HEC and an Advanced Management Program from INSEAD. He has held various positions during his career, including the Deputy Commercial Attaché and the Attaché of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in Norway and Saudi Arabia, CEO of CFAO Congo and Senior Executive Vice President of Purchasing, Logistics and Affiliates (1990-1997) , CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GroupeCasino (from 1997 to 2003), and member of the Supervisory Board of X5 Retail Group

Mr. Sergio  Dias

Member of the Board of DIA / External Proprietary Director

Date of the appointment: 30th August, 2019 (on an interim basis on 21st May, 2019 and ratified by the AGM on 30th August, 2019)

Represented Shareholder: L1R INVEST1 HOLDINGS, S.A.R.L

Holds a Degree in Business Administration – Finance and Marketing – from Fundação Armando Alvarez Penteado (Brazil). This investor, entrepreneur and start-up advisor has been key to the creation and strategic development of companies and brands around the world. An expert in retailing and the food industry, he joined Carrefour Group in 1988, where he rose to become Deputy CFO and General Manager of the non-food eCommerce sites. In 2002 he joined LVMH Moët Hennessy to leads its Wines and Spirits Division before being appointed CEO of Millennium (Belvedere Vodka), which also forms part of the group, in 2005. Mr. Ferreira Dias has also been Executive Chairman of SecretSales.com and CEO of Brands4friends.de, among other posts. He is currently a Partner of the retail division of L1 Retail LLP.

M. Jaime García-Legaz Ponce

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director 

Date of appointment: 20th March, 2019 (on an interim basis on 10th January, 2019 and ratified by the AGM on 20th March, 2019)

Number of shares: 40.717

Number of rights: 1.034.864

Holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Business Administration from CUNEF (Spain) and a PhD in Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been a State Trade Expert and Economist since 1994. Mr. García-Legaz has held important positions in Spanish Government bodies, rising to become Secretary of State for Commerce, International Trade and Foreign Investment from 2011 to 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, he was Executive Chairman of CESCE, Chairman of the International Consortium of Credit Insurers (CIAC in Spanish) and Chairman of Dun & Bradsteet. Lastly, between 2017 and 2018 he was Executive Chairman and CEO of AENA. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of AENA DESARROLLO INTERNACIONAL, SME, S.A. and of Ahorro Corporación Financiera, S.V., S.A.U.

M. José Wahnon Levy

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 30th August, 2019 (on an interim basis on 21st May, 2019 and ratified by the AGM on 30th August, 2019)

Number of shares: 17.804

Number of rights: 1.034.864

Has a Degree in Economics from Universidad de Barcelona, a Law Degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and completed a PMD at Harvard Business School. He began his professional career at PwC, where he was made partner in 1987. He headed up the Financial Services area at PwC from 1987 to 2003 and the Audit Division between 2003 and 2007. Mr. Wahnon has held board-level positions at major companies of the likes of Ezentis, Dexia-Sabadell and Bankia. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Abengoa, S.A.

Mrs. Basola Vallés

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 14th January, 2020 (on an interim basis on 14th January, 2020)

Number of shares: 0

Number of rights: 1.378.676

Mrs. Vallés has 25 years of national and international professional experience, focused on the retail sector, both online and off-line, as an investor, consultant and business manager. She began her professional career in the financial sector in the United Kingdom at Nomura Securities and Morgan Stanley. Then she joins Mckinsey London where she works, for 6 years, mainly with retail companies in Europe. She continues her career in Baugur Group Venture Capital fund specialized in European retail companies, where she was an Operating Partner, responsible for the growth and expansion of the invested companies. More recently, Mrs. Vallés was the Senior Category Leader Amazon Books & Media divisions at Amazon Spain and today, since 2015, she is CEO of Eventim Tickets (entradas.com). Mrs. Vallés is also Independent Director at Aegon Spain, Advisory Board member of ING Spain and the Innovation Council member of Prosegur Cash. Holds a Degree in Business Administration and Management from the European Business School and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern New York School of Business.

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