ESI Group
The Company

ESI is a pioneer and a major player at the global level in virtual prototyping that takes into account the physics of materials.

ESI has developed an integrated suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications that make it possible to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with the desired product performance, and evaluate the impact of the environment on product use. ESI’s solutions fit into a single collaborative and open environment for end-to-end virtual prototyping, so that physical prototypes can gradually be phased out during the product’s development phase.

With a presence in over 30 countries, ESI employs over 750 high-level specialists across its global network. The company generated revenue of €109.3 million and net income of €2.4 million in 2013.

ESI Group is listed on the C segment of NYSE Euronext Paris.

Date of creation:
Eurolist C
Followed by:
Vincent Bazi
Vehicles affected:
  • FCPI NextStage Développement 2006
  • FIP NextStage Transmission 2006
  • FCPI NextStage Développement 2007
  • FIP NextStage Transmission 2007
  • FCPI NextStage Découvertes 2008
  • FIP NextStage Références 2008
  • FCPI NextStage Découvertes 2009 2010
  • FCPI NextStage CAP 2016
  • FCPI NextStage CAP 2017 ISF
  • FCPI NextStage CAP 2017 IR
  • FCPI ISF NextStage CAP 2018
 Dr Cristel de Rouvray
Dr Cristel de Rouvray

Cristel has dual French and US American nationality. She holds a BA in Economics and a Masters in International Policy Studies from Stanford University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and received her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) where she earned the prize for the best thesis in her field.
Cristel de Rouvray has been CEO of ESI Group since February 1st, 2019, and Board member since July 1999. After joining the Board, Cristel became Chairwoman of the Compensation, Nomination & Governance Committee in 2007, gaining an in-depth understanding of ESI’s people and culture. From 2015, Cristel became Board Leader to provide alignment between the Board and the executive team of the Group.
Her experience has bridged the worlds of governance, strategy and operations, and she has been a key driver in building and supporting ESI’s talent development and management decisions. She contributed to position ESI in its growing simulation market and to connect its leaders to a wider and innovative ecosystem. Her decisive contributions notably include the recruitment of independent Board members, interaction between the Board and ESI’s executive team, and the driving of a multi-year succession plan.
Cristel spent 14 years in executive positions at College Track, an American non-profit organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs. This organization is recognized for its excellence in helping over 3000 youth to date in low income neighborhoods graduate from college. She has partnered closely with the College Track CEO and Board of Directors on the organization’s strategy and execution, acting as a catalyst enabling it to grow tenfold over the past decade.

Vincent Chaillou
Vincent Chaillou
General Manager

Director since July 1, 2004. Member of the Strategic Committee and member of the Technology and Marketing Committee.
Graduate engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris (1971) and holder of a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (1973). Vincent Chaillou joined the ESI group in 1994, after having held the position of Managing Director of the Architectural Engineering Economic Unit (AEC Business Unit), a ComputerVision department (since merged with PTC). During his 16 years at ComputerVision, he held various sales, marketing and management positions, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. From 1994 to 1998, he also held the position of Regional Vice President in charge of the Americas within the ESI group. Since 2004, he has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESI Software India and ESI US R&D.