|French Minister of Labour|
|Assumed office |
17 May 2017
|Prime Minister||Édouard Philippe|
|Preceded by||Myriam El Khomri|
|Born||31 March 1955|
|Political party||La République En Marche!|
|Alma mater||Paris Nanterre University|
University of Strasbourg
Muriel Pénicaud (born 31 March 1955) is a French public official. She was the executive vice president of human resources at Dassault Systèmes from 2002 to 2008, and at Groupe Danone from 2008 to 2014. She was appointed as the French Minister of Labour on 17 May 2017.
Pénicaud worked for Groupe Danone from 1993 to 2002. She was the Executive Vice-President of Organization, Human Resources and Sustainable Development for Dassault Systèmes from 2002 to 2008. She returned to the Groupe Danone in 2008, where she was Executive Vice-President, Human Resources until 2014. She receives between 2012 and 2014 more than 4,7 million euros of remuneration for this activity. In addition, in April 2013, she realizes a capital gain of 1,1 million euros by dismissing 900 employees.
Pénicaud was appointed as the French Ambassador for International Investment in May 2014, and as the CEO of Business France on 1 January 2015. In this capacity, she promoted foreign investment in France to boost job creation.
A formal investigation has been opened in July 2017 into "possible favouritism" in the organisation of a Las Vegas technology event by Business France under the tenure of Penicaud. The French daily Libération recently underlined that she was suspected of having provided a "truncated overview of the audit" to Business France's board of directors.
As a human resources director at Danone in the 1990s, Muriel Pénicaud made $1.4 million from stock options while cutting 900 jobs, according to Bloomberg.
Pénicaud has two children.
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