Our Leadership Team

Leclanché operates through a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee.

The Board of Directors has a regulatory role and is responsible for supervising the Executive Management of Leclanché. It also functions as an advisor to the Executive Committee, providing support and approval of key decisions. Through two Board sub-committees, the Appointments and Remuneration Committee, and the Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Board exercises direct control over certain personnel and accounting functions.

The Executive Committee is responsible for implementing Leclanché strategy, together with the execution and monitoring of all Company activities.


Executive management

Our world-class team with many years of combined experience and proven track record.


Pierre Blanc – CEO of Leclanché SA, Chief Technology & Industrial Officer of Leclanché e-Mobility SA

Pierre Blanc is the Chief Technology Industrial Officer of Leclanché and joined the Company in 2000. Former positions within Leclanché include Development Manager of primary cells and Head of the R&D department at Leclanché (2004-2006). From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Blanc was Chemical Engineer at Leclanché where he was responsible for the development and manufacturing of battery cells of major brands such as Varta, Energizer, Panasonic and Enersys. He holds a B.A. in Moderatorship Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.


Philip Broad – CEO of Leclanché e-Mobility SA, Chief Sales & Development Officer of Leclanché SA

Philip (Phil) Broad joined Leclanché in 2018 and was appointed Executive Vice President of e-Transport Solutions in March 2019. His previous position at Leclanché was Vice President of Commercial Vehicle leading Application Engineering, Programme Management & Sales. Mr. Broad has over 20 years of experience in the commercial vehicle business in both the on and off highway industry. He has a proven track record of winning large global profitable contracts in the commercial vehicle market and has successfully worked with global brands such as Caterpillar / Perkins, Volvo, Scania, MAN and JCB. Mr. Broad has lived and worked in Europe for the last 15 years for Honeywell Turbo Technologies Sarl in Switzerland, where he held various positions in Programme Management, Sales Management and Business Leadership positions in the turbocharger industry. Mr. Broad holds a B. Eng (Hons) in Systems Engineering from the University of Huddersfield in the UK.


Pasquale Foglia – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Foglia brings over 25 years of international corporate finance experience in public and private company settings. During his career, he has worked for Procter and Gamble, Duracell and Unilabs, leading and executing strategic planning, business controlling and reporting as well as deepening insights into financial performance for commercial and supply chain teams. Foglia has had a variety of business finance roles driving the planning cycle and monthly closing across multiple countries. He brings hands-on experience in executing complex finance transformation projects, steering digitalization automation, and enhancing insights from analytics platforms. He holds a master’s degree in Business and Economics from LUISS University in Rome.



Board of Directors


Lex Bentner – Chairman of the Board

Lex Bentner, currently serving as the Head of Public Transport at the City of Luxembourg, plays a key role in transforming the city’s public transportation system. His primary focus is on the strategic transitioning of the city’s bus fleet and network to an all-electric setup, achieved through EU-wide public tendering and procurement processes. Mr. Bentner handles complex projects, integrating industry advancements into operational standards. He is currently steering various digital disruption and transformation activities and has a proven record of implementing a range of innovative projects.

Throughout his career, he held various leading positions within the private and the public sector. He has worked at CFL, the Luxembourgish national railway company and ArcelorMittal. In 2007, he was appointed Head of Continuous Improvement and Engineering at a Luxembourg-based steel plant, where he concentrated on technical modernization efforts and accelerating behavioural change within the teams in order to reach corporate goals.

In addition to his professional roles, Mr. Bentner represents Luxembourg at the UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) bus committee and is advising political leaders and national committees on workplace and industry best practices.

Born in Luxembourg in 1978, Lex Bentner holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and is currently pursuing an MBA at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School.



Abdallah Chatila

Abdallah Chatila, born in 1974, is a Swiss-Lebanese entrepreneur and investor with over 28 years of experience, of which 15 years are in the real estate industry. A graduate of the Gemological Institute of Los Angeles, Abdallah Chatila began his professional career in the family high jewelry business in Geneva before transitioning into real estate. He is the President and founder of m3 GROUP, which employs over 700 staff members in Switzerland and France, generating a turnover of over 250 million Swiss francs. Presently, the group’s activities encompass real estate, hospitality, catering, banking, and healthcare sectors. Abdallah Chatila also holds significant expertise in M&A, having stakes in over 80 companies across healthcare, technology, and insurance sectors. A thoughtful philanthropist, Abdallah Chatila actively contributes to the canton’s development through his philanthropic initiatives and private equity endeavors. He also supports various charitable organizations in Geneva, Lebanon, and the Middle East through his sesam foundation.



Marc Lepièce

Marc Lepièce, Belgian, born in 1956 is a senior consultant in management, strategy, business development M&M and change management. Marc Lepièce manages the consultancy firm “Lepièce & Partners” which he created with the goal of transferring knowledge and experience to SMEs wishing to accelerate their growth or optimize their profitability. Previously, he worked at Tractebel for 36 years, including 16 as a member of the Management Committee. He was responsible for strategy, marketing and international development in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East before taking over the management of a Business Unit active in Europe, India and Southeast Asia. Mr. Lepièce joined the Leclanché SA Board of Directors on the 30 September 2022.


Christophe Manset

Christophe Manset, Belgian, born in 1985, has over 10 years of experience in the asset management industry in Luxembourg. Until recently he was an associate at LEVeL with focus on Alternative Investment Funds regulated by the Luxembourg supervisory authority. He has a particular expertise in the fields of compliance, risk management, audit, corporate governance and internal organization. He started his career at EY in 2009 as audit manager in charge of the preparation and conduct of audit missions with a particular focus on complex and specialized issues. In 2016, Mr. Manset joined NN Investment Partners Luxembourg S.A. (NN), a supervised Alternative Investment Fund Manager. At NN, he was responsible for projects impacting the NN Luxembourg funds range and particularly the launch of new investment vehicles. Mr. Manset holds a Master Degree in Economics from HEC – University of Liège. Mr. Manset joined the Leclanché SA Board of Directors on the 30 June 2020

Shanu Sherwani

Shanu Sherwani, Citizen of Luxembourg, born in 1975 advises private equity and real estate funds and mid-sized businesses on fund formation, portfolio management, investor relations, as well as M&A and valuation. He was previously the Conducting Officer for Distribution and Valuation at Castik Capital, where he also led Investor Relations. Before that, he worked at Threestones Capital as the Head of Business Development and Investor Relations. He has a wealth of experience in Corporate Finance and Private Equity, having assisted on several major M&A deals in Luxembourg and abroad. Mr. Sherwani joined the Leclanché SA Board of Directors on the 30 September 2022.