Claude Bébéar

Institut Montaigne

Claude Bébéar was born on July 1935, he is married and has three children. Claude Bébéar first joined Ancienne Mutuelle, a small regional mutual insurance company, upon his graduation from Ecole Polytechnique in 1958. From 1958 to 1975, Claude Bébéar assumed positions of increasing responsibility in every division of the company, which included a two-year assignment in Canada from 1964 to 1966, where he founded the life insurance branch of Provinces Unies. Throughout the rest of the 1970s and 1980s, Claude Bébéar led his group through a period of rapid growth and rose to the forefront of the French insurance industry. Following the 1982 acquisition of Drouot, a stock insurance company, the Group was renamed AXA in 1984. During the 1990s, Claude Bébéar reinforced the size of AXA in France with a bold merger with UAP, and led AXA in its international expansion, highlighted by the acquisition of controlling interests in The Equitable Companies Inc., in the US (1991), National Mutual in Australia (1995), Guardian Royal Exchange in the UK (1999), Nippon Dantaï in Japan (2000). Claude Bébéar is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AXA Group (since May 2000). Throughout his career, Claude Bébéar has also been a leading defender of social issues and has made significant contributions to an important range of community service programs. He is for instance Chairman of the "Institut du Mécénat de la Solidarité", which coordinates the philanthropic efforts of some French corporations and, in 1991, created « AXA Atout C?ur » , an humanitarian association. Claude Bébéar also launched in 2001 an independent think-tank, the Montaigne Institute, which aims to contribute to public policy issues.


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