Board of Directors

Mr. Richard Akerele


Mr. Akerele holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a management professional with over twenty years experience in the Nigerian telecommunications, business and aviation services sector. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of EKO L’Meridian Hotels and a consultant for Forte Hotels in Nigeria. Mr. Akerele was a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and a former Chairman of the sub-committee for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. In 2007, Mr. Akerele and his team won the “Africa Investor Award for Privatisation Deal of the Year”. He is currently the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Rwanda in Nigeria 

Mr. Laurent Moussard

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Moussard graduated from the Institut Superieur de Gestion, a French business school in 1993 and commenced his career in the Institute as the Institute’s representative for Vietnam. In 1995, following a joint venture between Servair and Macau Catering Services in France, Mr. Mousaard was employed as the Assistant Manager for Administration and Finance. He held the following positions in the Joint Venture Company between 1995 and 1998 – Assistant Manager for Operation Department, Marketing & Method Manager and Customer Services & Operations Manager. 

 He joined Gate Gourmet, Japan, in 1998 as the Sales & Marketing Manager.   He served in various capacities within the group such as Assistant General Manager (Gate Gourmet, France), General Manager (Gate Gourmet, Copenhagen, Denmark), Commercial Director (Gate Gourmet, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Managing Director (Gate Gourmet, Hong Kong). 

He returned to Servair in 2008 to serve as its Director for Asia. Before his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of Airline Services & Logistics Plc, he was a Director with Food Solution Consulting Almaty, Kazakhastan. 

Mr. Olivier Sadran


Mr. Sadran is the founder of Catair in France in 1996 and was principally responsible for the development of the company under the name of Eurest In-flight Services. He is a French entrepreneur and the principal shareholder of several French companies in different sectors.  He is currently the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Newrest First Catering Ltd. 

Mr. Jonathan Stent-Torriani


Mr.  Stent-Torriani is the co-founder, co –owner and has been the co-chief executive officer of Newrest Group since 2006. He has strategic and senior management experience acquired over numerous years in the Airline Catering, Industrial Catering and Hotel Services industries. 

He worked for Gate Gourmet Group (GGG) from 1991 to 1997 in various roles, including Managing Director for Operations Management and Managing Director of Operations in South Africa. He left Gate Gourmet Group in 1997 and joined Naunce Group as the Chief Executive Officer of its operations in Australasia. He returned to Gate Gourmet Group to serve as the President of the European Division from 2000 to 2004. 

He joined the Compass Group in 2004 and served as its Chief Executive Officer for the Southern Europe region from 2004 to 2006.  

He holds a BA in History & Economics from McGill University, Canada in 1989 and Diploma (Masters of Science equivalent) from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in 1991

Matthieu Jeandel


Mr. Jeandel held various financial roles first with Thalès, then with Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance. He joined Compass Group in 2003, based in Dubai with responsibility for finance in the Middle East and Africa.

He joined Newrest in 2006 and is currently in charge of Finance and Administration. He is based in Toulouse, France.

Olivier Suarez


Mr. Suarez  has been working for the Newrest Group since 1998. He holds degree in International Public Law from Aix en Provence University of Law. 

He has held several positions as Commercial and Country Manager (France, Spain). Olivier is currently the Country Manager Morocco and Vice President in charge of Northern Africa Division. He is based in Casablanca, Morocco.

Constantine Labi Ogunbiyi


Mr. Ogunbiyi is a founder and former Chief Executive Offcer of First Hydrocarbon Nigeria Limited. He is also a founder of Afren plc and prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of First Hydrocarbon Nigeria Limited, he served as Executive Director of Afren and was responsible for business development, strategy and growth, where he led Afren's negotiating teams in acquisitions and debt financings, particularly in Nigeria. He has also served as Special Advisor to the previous Chairman, General Counsel for the Group, as well as a Director of Afren's Nigerian wholly-owned subsidiaries. He has significant and extensive experience of private equity, acquisition, structured, trade, development and project finance, and public and private partnerships in the African energy and infrastructure sectors in particular.Prior to joining Afren, he was the Deputy Head of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's Africa Practice. Before this, Mr. Ogunbiyi spent over four years with Herbert Smith's International Finance and Banking Department. He has also served as a strategic adviser to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Business Group and the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Banking Association’s PPP Unit. He holds Legal qualifications from the universities of London (King's College), Passau (Germany) and Oxford.