Paul du Saillant is the Chief Executive Officer of Essilor.
Paul du Saillant joined Essilor in 2008, after 20 years spent at Air Liquide, where he held operational and strategic leadership roles in the United States and Europe, across a wide range of fields including R&D and engineering. Prior to that, Paul served for 5 years as Managing Director of Belgian Group Lhoist.
Over close to 12 years at Essilor, Paul has been responsible for managing key corporate functions of the Group. In July 2010, when Hubert Sagnières became CEO, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer alongside Laurent Vacherot. He was responsible for both large geographic zones (Europe, Asia and Latin America) and cross-functional global functions (Human Resources, R&D, industrial activities, transformation program, IT, etc.), then of Essilor’s Lens business.
While maintaining his responsibilities at Essilor, Paul has been actively involved in the business combination between Essilor and Luxottica since January 2017. In close collaboration with Francesco Milleri and his teams, he works on advancing the integration and synergy plans of the two companies.