Michèle Detaille, new director, will support the development of the group

HLD, a European investment group, has always been guided by a strong entrepreneurial culture and the arrival of Michèle Detaille as an independent director on October 21 is meaningful.
October 18, 2022
Team and organization

Indeed, as a successful businesswoman who took over the No-Nail Boxes company and then developed the Alipa group, Michèle will bring a double expertise, economic and entrepreneurial.

President of Fedil (Federation of Luxembourg industrialists) since 2019 and the most influential economic personality in Luxembourg in 2020 according to Paperjam magazine, Michèle has also had an important political career in Belgium.

This appointment is part of the growth of HLD's activities and is fully in line with the international development of the group, already present in Luxembourg, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The group can thus rely on a Board of Directors composed of ten members, including four independent directors.

We are very pleased that the Board of Directors of HLD Associés Europe has proposed the nomination of Michèle Detaille. Michèle's remarkable entrepreneurial career and her political commitment to the company are major assets for us. Her arrival strengthens our governance, our position as a key player in long-term private equity and our European dimension.

Jean-Bernard Lafonta, Chairman of the Board of Directors

HLD accompanies high-growth companies in a wide variety of sectors and I am honored by the confidence shown by the Board of Directors of HLD Associés Europe in appointing me as an independent director. I am looking forward to participating in its development in Europe

Michèle Detaille

About Michèle Detaille

Michèle Detaille (65) holds a degree in international relations, government and public administration from the Catholic University of Leuven. She started her political career by being elected in 1982 as the youngest mayor of Belgium in Vaux-sur-Sûre, a position she held until 2000. From 1985 to 1987, she was a member of the Belgian Parliament and secretary of the Environment and Agriculture Commission of the Walloon Regional Council. From 1993 to 1997, she was vice-president of the Liberal Reform Party (PRL). She successively held the positions of Censor (2005-2009) and Regent (2009-2018) at the National Bank of Belgium.
At the same time, from 1988 to 1996, she was commercial director for the Benelux of Edenred (Accor Services). Since 1996, she has been managing the company No-Nail Boxes and successfully developing the Alipa group, a group of SMEs in packaging and handling and industrial logistics.
Member of the Board of Directors of Fedil (Fédération des industriels luxembourgeois) since 2005, Michèle Detaille becomes the first non-Luxembourgish woman elected to its presidency in 2019. In 2020, she will become vice-president of Business Europe.

About the HLD Group

The HLD Group, established in Luxembourg since 2015, was founded by a group of entrepreneurs, and aims to support management teams in building leading companies in their field. With several success stories, including the sale of the cosmetics company Filorga to Colgate Palmolive in 2019, it has grown rapidly and now supports, with 2 billion in capital, 21 companies (including, for example, Kiloutou, TSG, ba&sh, SVR...) that employ 35,000 employees and are growing at an average rate of more than 10% per year. In addition to financial and human resources, the HLD group provides the companies it supports with the expertise and time they need to succeed. Its approach is based on an entrepreneurial partnership and emphasizes responsible operational development rather than financial leverage. Committed to reflecting this DNA in its governance, since 2015 it has included among its independent directors figures from the Luxembourg entrepreneurial landscape: Robert Dennewald (Contern S.A) and Xavier Buck (EuroDNS), joined in 2019 by Viviane Clauss (Banque de Luxembourg).