Patrick Sayer’s biography

Independent Director – Chairman of the Strategy Committee, Member of the Governance, Appointment and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and of the Compensation Committee

Portrait of Patrick Sayer, Valeo Board Member

Patrick Sayer was elected as President of the Paris Commercial Court on November 8, 2023, and took office on January 18, 2024, having joined the court as a non-professional judge in 2014. He is a founding member of the legal think-tank Club des juristes.

From 2018 to 2023, he also devoted his time to developing Augusta SAS, a family-owned investment company.

Patrick Sayer served as Chairman of the Management Board of Eurazeo, one of Europe’s leading listed investment companies, from 2002 to 2018. He became a member of Eurazeo’s Supervisory Board in 2018. When he stepped down from the Board in July 2023, Eurazeo had over 30 billion euros in assets under management. His private equity experience dates back to the creation of Fonds Partenaires, the private equity fund created by Lazard, where he was active from 1989 to 1993. Thanks to his private equity knowledge, he was elected as Chairman of AFIC, now France Invest, in 2006.

Previously, Patrick Sayer was a Managing Partner at Lazard Frères et Cie in Paris, which he joined in 1982, and a Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. in New York, which he joined in 1999, becoming global head of mergers and acquisitions for the technology sector.

Patrick Sayer holds a law degree from Panthéon-Assas university and a diploma in distressed company law from Panthéon Sorbonne university. He is also a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines de Paris. He is also a certified financial analyst, completing the course at the French Society of Financial Analysts training center, where he has also taught classes. He has also given lectures in finance (master’s program) at Paris Dauphine university.

He is a French citizen and speaks French and English.