Born in Lyon on October 16, 1958, Gilles Schnepp is married to Blandine Favre-Gilly and has three children: Paul, Adrien and Marie.
Upon graduating from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in 1981, he started his career at Merrill Lynch France were he became Vice-President. He then joined Legrand in 1989, holding various positions before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2000. He was appointed to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors in 2001 and Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. He became Legrand Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2006.
Gilles Schnepp has been Chairman of the Board since February 2018.
He has been the Chairman of the French Federation of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Industries (FIEEC) since 2013 and a Director of Saint-Gobain since 2009.
He is also Chairman of MEDEF’s Ecological and Economic Transition Commission since September 2018.
He was awarded the titles of Chevalier de la légion d’honneur in 2007 and of Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2012.