Annette Messemer was designated by Essilor.
She is a finance and banking executive who serves on international boards in banking as well as consumer and manufacturing industries. Other than EssilorLuxottica, she is a member of the board of directors of Société Générale, Savencia and Imérys. She held the position of Group Executive/Divisional Board member, Corporate Clients until June 2018 at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Furthermore, Annette Messemer was a member of the supervisory board of K+S AG (Kassel, Germany) until May 2018. She has also served on the supervisory board of Commerzreal (Wiesbaden, Germany) until 2016 and of WestLB AG until 2011 (Düsseldorf, Germany).
She started her career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York in 1994 to continue her career in Frankfurt and London. During the 12 years of her career at J.P. Morgan, she gained extensive experience in finance, leading strategic M&A and financing transactions as well as risk management transactions. She left J.P. Morgan as Senior Banker in 2006 to join Merrill Lynch as Managing Director and member of the German Executive Committee. In 2010, she accepted the nomination to the Supervisory Board of WestLB by the German ministry of finance, to support one of the most significant bank restructurings in Germany during the financial crisis before joining Commerzbank in February 2013.