Henri de Castries joined General Atlantic in 2017 as Chairman of Europe special advisor to the firm’s strategic business initiatives in EMEA. Mr. de Castries supports General Atlantic's investment teams in evaluating investment opportunities in the region and assisting in value creation across the firm’s existing global portfolio companies.
Mr. de Castries was most recently Chairman and CEO of AXA, spending a total of 27 years at the company. During this time, he oversaw multiple merger and acquisitions transactions including AXA’s acquisition of Group UAP in 1997 and Winterthur Group in 2007, both of which were instrumental in building AXA Group’s global footprint across 64 countries and reshaping its operations. Prior to AXA, he served in the French Treasury Department, during which time he was appointed to oversee foreign exchange markets and balance of payments.
Currently, Mr. de Castries serves as Chairman of the French think tank, Institut Montaigne. He also serves as a non-executive director of HSBC Group, Nestlé S.A. and the French National Foundation for Political Science. Until 2016, Mr. de Castries served as a member of the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.