Finance Monthly - Global Awards 2021

FINANCE MONTHLY GLOBAL AWARDS 2021 37 Coaching Adviser of the Year Bulgaria About Celine Bolard Celine Bolard became CEO of Groupama two Bulgarian entities in 2011 but long before her rise as the youngest CEO among Groupama entities, she was already a high performing leader with a focus on the development of people and society at international level. With an initial degree as an Agronomist engineer, she started a career in strategy consulting with German origin group Roland Berger where she had the first opportunities to design plans for development strategies of international companies. After getting married, her career made a radical switch towards sustainability through a mission of two years in Vietnam with an international NGO to support local agriculture projects carried by women village associations. During that time, she affirmed her interest in sustainability which led her naturally to the field of insurance as key sector that helps people and communities to grow stronger together. She joined Groupama in 2005 first at a marketing role and it was here that she was recognized for her leadership capabilities and quickly progress to several managerial positions. Back to prestigious ESSEC business school in 2008, she graduated from Business Management degree with honors before moving into a next step career in Bulgaria. She became deputy CEO in 2009 of a new acquired subsidiaries with the aim of integrating the subsidiary towards the group culture and consolidating ethical insurance business in one of the poorest European insurance countries. She eventually took the helm of both life and non-life insurance companies of Groupama in Bulgaria to lead them towards sustainable growth. In 2020, she co- founded with a Russian and a Bulgarian associates to offer innovative programs for coaching for managers and executives in Europe. With a proprietary technology and a unique framework of leadership competencies, the program is designed to allow extreme customization and accountability during the coaching journey. About Groupama Group Groupama Zastrahovane and Zhivotozastrahovane are the two Bulgarian entities of Groupama Group a major insurance player in Europe. With €14.4 billion in combined premium income and Shareholders’ equity: €10.7 billion, Groupama insurance Mutuals services its 11.5 mio customers worldwide and generates yearly €177 million net income. The group's identity is built on Groupama's agricultural origins and its territorial roots anchor it in the everyday reality of its members and customers. While mutualism promotes the principles of proximity, solidarity, and responsibility by its very nature, Groupama’s agricultural roots provide it with a unique reality: A pioneer of engagement in the territories, Groupama’s mutualism places engagement and commitment at the very center of its mission which is helping people living their lives with confidence. CEO Groupama Zastrahovane -Zhivotozastrahovane, entities of Groupama Group | Celine Bolard

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