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CEO Breakfast



Date: Thursday 31 January 2013, 08.00 - 10.00
Guest Speaker: Maxime Holder, Chairman of PAUL UK
Hosted at the Andaz Hotel

For more information, please contact Kim Darragon - 0207 092 6643



 About Maxime Holder





After studying law and having gained his diploma from Sciences Po in Paris, Maxime began his professional career with the Holder Group in 1995.  His apprenticeship lasted for more than a year during which time he learnt the Group’s base trades: baking and pastry making.  He then worked as a baker at PAUL and did in-house training at artisan bakers before completing his training with six-months in pastry making at Laduréee and Lenôtre in Paris.

In order to consolidate his competences as a manager, Maxime decided to look for experience outside of the family Group and he worked as a consultant with Arthur Andersen (Accenture) where he looked after some 50 clients in France and abroad.  He developed his management skills in this financial environment.


At the end of 1998 Maxime returned to the Holder Group and worked in Operations, firstly as a Shop Manager, then as a trainee Regional Manager before being appointed Regional Manager in charge of 11 shops.

In 1999, the Holder Group decided to open a shop in London.  Not only was this a formidable challenge but also a chance for Maxime to retrace his paternal grandfather’s steps since Julien Holder was born in London.  The first PAUL shop in London opened in Covent Garden in December 2000 and a second was to follow shortly afterwards.

Maxime returned to France in 2002 with his appointment as Manager of the network of shops in France : responsible for overseeing the operations of 200 branch shops as well as the support functions of the brand such as HR, Marketing, Financial Control, Quality and Technical.

In 2004, Maxime was appointed Director of the Franchise network of shops and  to accompany the development of the brand he set up both the management of the Franchise in France and the management of the Franchise abroad  (40 shop openings/year).

Since 2006, Maxime has held the position of CEO of PAUL and currently heads PAUL International with the intention of developing the company on the international markets.


About our CEO Breakfasts

Launched in 2009, our CEO Breakfasts have proved to be a resounding success, gathering around 100 key decision makers of the Franco-British community.

This format of event (08.00 - 10.00) allows our busy members to network before the start of their business day. Previous guest speakers include Jean-Dominique Mallet, CEO of Veolia Environmental Services UK, Arnaud Bamberger, Executive Chairman of Cartier UK; Jean-Jacques Gautrot, Chairman & CEO of Areva UK; Stephen Burgin, UK Country President of Alstom; Xavier Rollet, CEO, London Stock Exchange; Ivan Gazidis, CEO, Arsenal Football Club, Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive, EDF Energy and Carolyn McCall OBE, Chief Executive of easyJet.




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