|Bruno Robert MERCIER - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mr. Mercier is our Chief Executive Officer and an executive Director. He is responsible for our strategic direction and overall performance. Mr. Mercier has been our Director and the chairman of our group subsidiaries operating under the "Auchan" banner since 8 February 2001. He joined us in 1999 as a development director of our "Auchan" principal executive office in Shanghai, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the business operations under our "Auchan" banner in the PRC. In 2002, Mr. Mercier underwent training as a store manager in our "Auchan" hypermarket in Changyang, the PRC. Upon completion of his training, he was appointed as the managing director of our subsidiary, ACI in the same year, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of its business plans and budget. Since 2007, Mr. Mercier has been the chairman of ACI and RT-Mart International Ltd (RT-Mart International), a company incorporated in Taiwan, and has been actively participating in the implementation of Groupe Auchan’s vision in both companies. Mr. Mercier is also a director of certain of our subsidiaries, including ACHK, ACI, CCIL and RT-Mart Holdings as well as various other operating subsidiaries in the PRC under our "Auchan" banner.
Prior to joining us in 1999, Mr Mercier was with Groupe Auchan, one of our two Ultimate Controlling Shareholders, where he worked in an "Auchan" hypermarket store in France in 1998, being trained in all functions and roles of store operations including store manager. Mr. Mercier also has many years of experience gained from working in the retail and consulting industries from 1983 to 1998, notably with Groupe Pernod Ricard, a global wines and spirits producer, in its China and Thailand operations as well as with McKinsey & Company.