Press Release


Marie-Christine Lombard, Group Managing Director of TNT Express, receives the insignia of Chevalier from the National Order of the Legion of Honour

Publish Date : 14 November 2005 at 13:30 CET - Paris/Hoofddorp, TNT N.V. today announced that Marie-Christine Lombard, Group Managing Director TNT Express, will receive a distinguished award from the National Order of the Legion of Honour in a ceremony that will take place tonight. Alain Bréau, Co-President of the French Transport and Logistics Federation (TLF) and a Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour will present Marie-Christine with the insignia of Chevalier award, at the offices of the French Business Confederation (MEDEF) in Paris.

The award recognises Marie Christine's achievement as one of the few women to lead a global group of this scale, something that was highlighted with her inclusion in the Financial Times' list of Europe's 25 top business women.

An outstanding professional career
Marie-Christine Lombard began her career in New York in merchandising before moving to pursue roles in banking, most notably with the Paribas bank. In 1989, she became the international mergers consultant for the Paribas Group in Paris and the representative for the Rhône-Alpes region for mergers and acquisitions activities in 1991.

In 1993, Marie-Christine Lombard joined the express transport company Jet Services as Financial Director, where she was appointed General Director in 1997. Following the acquisition of Jet Services by the TPG group in 1999, and the merger of Jet Services with TNT International Express, Marie-Christine was promoted to Managing Director of the company, now TNT Express France. In 2004 she was promoted to her current position as Group Managing Director of TNT Express.

Commitment to the company's social policies and defender of gender equality
Throughout her career at TNT Marie-Christine Lombard has been heavily involved in the company's social policies, offering particular support to the equal opportunities charter, signed in 2003 at TNT Express France. This charter guarantees that all employees, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, family situation or status, benefit from the same development opportunities within the company. Furthermore, she is a strong advocate of gender equality within the company and has actively supported the promotion of women to management positions.

Marie-Christine Lombard is 47 and graduated from ESSEC Paris in 1981. She sits on the management committee of the French Transport and Logistics Federation (TLF) and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Club for Development in Rhône-Alpes and of the ESSEC development committee.

TNT N.V. is a global provider of mail, express and logistics services. The group employs over 161,000 people in 63 countries and serves over 200 countries. For 2004 the company reported sales of € 12.6 billion. TNT N.V. is publicly listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, New York, London and Frankfurt.

Page publication date: 14 November 2005 at 13:30 CET