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MENTORS - Dominique Maire

“As a company manager, I know how important it is to have someone with whom you can speak freely, without constraints, on a range of subjects and sometimes to receive advice.”

Eve Magnant, Mentor

“Mentoring is not for beginners. You have to find the right method for each person and each company. The mentor sees what he can bring to the relationship depending on his own experience. Mentoring is really a customized activity.”

Jean-Jacques Bérard


Dominique Maire
ex-Director Corporate Communications

Dominique Maire, 62 years old, graduated from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes de Paris in 1971.

She began her career as a journalist with the Nouvel Observateur, Le Point and Les Editions Fleurus (specialized in newspapers dedicated to youth).

From 1976 to 1981 she was responsible for communications in a government cabinet.

For the next seven years, she headed external communications at Banque Indosuez and in 1988 became deputy director of corporate communications at Compagnie de Suez where she was directly responsible for all financial communication.

In May 1995, she was appointed head of corporate communications at Eurotunnel, where she especially set up communication directed to individual shareholders. She reported to Mr. Patrick Ponsolle, the company's chairman.

She joined Air Liquide as Director Corporate Communications as of November 1, 2000 and was the first woman nominated a member of the Executive Committee in June 2002. She was responsible for corporate external and internal communication, reporting to Benoit Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide. Aside her communication responsibility, Dominique provided great support with the development of policies in favour of gender diversity in Air Liquide and has strongly encouraged the internal feminine network of O'Pluriel, since its creation in 2002.

She retired in 2008. She is still active in different projects and especially in InterElles, a Cercle gathering women's networks (involvad in industry and technology).