Henri de Castries

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Henri de Castries
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Henri de Castries
Henri de La Croix de Castries

(1954-08-15) 15 August 1954 (age 64)
Bayonne, France
ResidenceParis, France
EducationLycée Saint-Jean de Passy
Collège Stanislas de Paris
Alma materHEC Paris
OccupationFormer chairman and CEO, AXA
Chairman, Bilderberg Group

Henri de La Croix de Castries (born 15 August 1954) is a French businessman. He was chairman and CEO of AXA until retiring from both roles on 1 September 2016.

Early life[edit]

Henri de La Croix de Castries was born on August 15, 1954 in Bayonne.[1] His father was Count François de La Croix de Castries (1919/20–2011)[2] who had a military career in Korea, Indochina, and Algeria.[1] His maternal grandfather, Count Pierre de Chevigné, was a colonel in the Free French forces.[1]

Castries attended the Ecole Saint-Jean de Passy, followed by high school at the Collège Stanislas de Paris[3] He graduated from HEC Paris in 1976, the same year as Serge Lepeltier and Denis Kessler, from the École nationale d'administration alongside Dominique de Villepin, François Hollande and Ségolène Royal in 1980 (Promotion Voltaire).[1] He also holds a law degree and speaks fluent English and German.[1]


From 1980 to 1984, he audited on the behalf of the Minister of Finances of France, and in 1984 he became a member of the French Treasury.[1] In 1986, he participated in the privatisation initiated by Jacques Chirac's government, including Compagnie Générale d'Electricité, now known as Alcatel-Lucent, and TF1, both on the CAC 40.[1]

He started his career at AXA in 1989, when he joined the central financial direction. In 1991, he was appointed general secretary, in charge of restructurations and mergers (integration of Compagnie du Midi). He was appointed general director in 1993, in charge of North America and UK in 1994, and in charge of the merger and integration with Union des send assurances de Paris (UAP) in 1996. He served as President of the Board of Equitable (which became AXA Financial) in 1997, and has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2000.[4][5]

In March 2016, it was announced that he would retire from both chairman and CEO roles at AXA on 1 September.[6]

Other roles[edit]

In 2010, he served as chairman of the Bilderberg Group's steering committee and again in 2017.[7]

He is also an administrator of the Association pour l'Aide aux Jeunes Infirmes (an NGO aiming to support young handicapped people) and is President of AXA Atout Cœur.

Personal life[edit]

He lives on the Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, and his brother-in-law lives in the same building.[1] He spends his weekends in a castle in Anjou, and one week a month in the United States.[1] He is married and has three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Henri de Castries, 45 ans, successeur de sang bleu, va être adoubé par le monarque du groupe d'assurances AXA". Liberation. March 13, 2000. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Annuaire 1972-1973 du Collège Stanislas, Paris, Collège Stanislas, 1972, ISSN 0752-8574.
  4. ^ "Axa boss de Castries set for surprise move into politics". Post Online. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2011. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  5. ^ Fabio Benedetti-Valentini; Oliver Suess (9 November 2009). "xa, AMP $10 Billion Bid May Signal Resurgence in Insurer M&A". Bloomberg. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  6. ^ Jill Treanor (1970-01-01). "Axa's Henri de Castries resigns, fuelling HSBC speculation | Business". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  7. ^ "Bilderberg meetings". The Bilderberg Group. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
Business positions
Preceded by
Claude Bébéar
Succeeded by
Thomas Buberl