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The group's organisation

Our organisation, our governance, our subsidiaries, and the men and women who are FDJ: everything you want to know about us!

Our Managing Team

The Executive Committee manages the group's activity and supervises the good execution of its strategy. It is composed of:

  • Stéphane Pallez, Chairwoman and CEO

  • Charles Lantieri, Deputy CEO, Chairman of FDP and the FDJ Corporate Foundation

  • Patrick Buffard, Executive Vice-President Sales, Sports Betting, Media, TV Prod and Events

  • Pascal Chaffard, Executive Vice-President Finance, Performance and Strategy

  • Xavier Etienne, Executive Vice-President Technology and International

  • Cécile Lagé, Executive Vice-President Lottery, Entertainment and Consumers

The Group Management Committee shares the operational and financial goals, and takes care of piloting the corporate functions and their coherence with the Business Units. It is composed of the aforementioned Executive Committee members, as well as the following members:

  • Pierre-Marie Argouarc’h, Employee Experience and Transformation Director

  • Valérie Berche, Audit, Risk, Control, Quality and Ethics Director

  • Raphaël Botbol, Strategy, Innovation and M&A, Payment and Services Director

  • Richard Courtois, Sports Betting Director

  • Marion Hugé, Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs

  • Philippe Lemaire, Security Director

  • Elisabeth Monégier du Sorbier, General Counsel

  • Yovan Obrenovitch, Information System Director

  • Vincent Perrotin, Group CSR Director

  • Raphaële Rabatel, Communication and Sustainable Development Director

Our subsidiaries

FDJ® also has some ten subsidiaries in fields related to our business, such as software development or the distribution of technical equipment. FDJ® provides direction to these subsidiaries in terms of the rules governing operations, reporting and transparency, and it ensures they are correctly applied.

 Technology subsidiairies

Many World Lottery Association lotteries rely on the technologies and services offered by FDJ and its subsidiaries in the area of lottery games, scratch card games and sports betting.

In November 2016, FDJ launched the B2B commercial brand, FDJ Gaming Solutions, which combines the technological offerings and services offered by its two subsidiaries, LotSys and LVS, around lotteries, sports betting and digital content.

LotSys is involved in the development, manufacture, marketing and supply of hardware, software and services related to games of chance and, in particular, lottery terminals. In this respect, it markets gaming terminals and services related to lottery games, in partnership with Idemia (formerly Safran Identity & Security and Morpho).

Based in London, LVS (Laverock Von Schoultz) is a subsidiary specialising in the creation and distribution of software for online games and sports betting. It was acquired by FDJ in 2010. The company supplies to the French, Israeli and Portuguese lotteries, in particular.

In China, through its subsidiary Internationale des Jeux, FDJ® is a shareholder of the Beijing Zhongcaï Printing Co (BZP), which specialises in printing lottery tickets.

 Distribution subsidiairies

To develop our network throughout mainland France and the French Overseas Departments and Territories, we depend on our subsidiaries FDP, FDJD and La Pacifique des Jeux.

FDP is the lottery games and betting distribution subsidiary in mainland France. Created in 2013 from the merger of 14 distribution companies, it has taken over more than 60 business areas previously run by sales broker-agents and currently manages 2/3 of the Group’s player stakes. FDP plays a key role in the Group’s commercial transformation (see section 1.2). In 2017, FDP had revenue of €93.9 million.

FDJ Développement and La Pacifique des Jeux are responsible for marketing in the French Overseas departments. FDJ Développement organises and manages sales for the FDJ network in the three Antilles/French Guiana departments (Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana). In 2017, it had revenue of €2.1 million. La Pacifique des Jeux is involved in the operation of games of chance in French Polynesia, in accordance with an operating agreement signed between FDJ and the Polynesian government. In 2017, it posted revenue of €6.6 million.

 Production subsidiairies

FDJ STUDIOS: rather like having our very own director. Executive production of audio-visual works; management of TV programmes (the famous Loto® and Euro Millions - My Million draws, for example). It is thanks to FDJ Studios that we come across so well on television.

And when it comes to a change of scene, our distributors and prize winners can rely on FDJ ÉVÈNEMENTS (La Française de Motivation) to take them somewhere different.

 Beyond our subsidiairies

FDJ® has undertaken several European initiatives:

  • the creation, jointly with the Portuguese state lottery, of National Lotteries Common Services (NLCS), whose mission is to bring together lotteries to pool their sports betting expertise and resources;
  • a stake in the company Services aux Loteries en Europe, which is responsible for the joint operations of the Euro Millions game.

Our share capital

 

72% French government

13.8% Others (individuals holding less than 5% of the share capital)

9.2% Union des Blessés de la Face et de la Tête (for people with face and head injuries)

5% Pension fund (FCP) of La Française des Jeux employees

 

 The legal framework

Two decrees authorise FDJ® to operate, under exclusive rights, lottery games at points of sale and online, in addition to sports betting (at points of sale).

These texts ascribe the following missions to La Française des Jeux:

— to ensure the integrity, security and reliability of gaming operations;

— to prevent risks of gambling operations being used for fraudulent or criminal purposes and to combat money laundering;

— to prevent the onset of addictions.

They also stipulate that betting games may not be sold to minors, even non-dependent minors.

Since 8 June 2010, FDJ® also offers online sports betting under a license issued by the online gambling regulator, ARJEL (l’Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne).

The French government plays two very different roles with regard to La Française des Jeux: on one hand, it regulates all the activities carried out under exclusive rights and, on the other hand, it is a shareholder through its majority interest in the company's share capital.

 The French government as regulator

The monopoly granted by the French government to FDJ® to run lottery games and sports betting at points of sale involves a high degree of responsibility related to the missions established in law.

 

Consequently, the commercial policy of FDJ® is strictly regulated. Its annual programme of games and commercial activities is approved by the French government, and each game must be individually authorised by the French Budget Ministry.

In addition, the opinion of the French government's Committee on Gaming and Betting Under Exclusive Right (la commission consultative des jeux et paris sous droits (COJEX)) is requested by the French Budget Minister regarding changes to games on offer that are likely to alter player behaviour.

Finally, FDJ® is bound by strict obligations with regard to responsible gaming and the fight against fraud and money laundering. Its Responsible Gaming programme, which produces a report setting out its main action areas, is submitted to the French Budget Minister for approval.

Working alongside the Ministry, the regulation of FDJ®'s online sports betting activities (activities open to competition) is undertaken by the online gambling regulator, ARJEL.

This role is carried out day-to-day by the French Government Shareholding Agency (l’Agence des Investments de l’Etat (APE)), which reports to the Minister for the Economy and Finance. French government representatives have a seat on the Board of Directors and on ad hoc committees.

A General Economic and Financial Inspector, based at the company's headquarters, is also appointed by the French Budget Department to monitor all of the company's economic and financial management activities on a continuous basis.

 The French government as shareholder

This role is carried out day-to-day by the French Government Shareholding Agency (l’Agence des Investments de l’Etat (APE)), which reports to the Minister for the Economy and Finance. State representatives have a seat on the Board of Directors and on ad hoc committees.

A General Economic and Financial Inspector, based at the company's headquarters, is also appointed by the French Budget Department to monitor all of the company's economic and financial management activities on a continuous basis.