Our DNA

Who we are

CARAVELLE is a family-owned diversified group that invests in Industry and Services.

The Group has more than 20 years of experience in investing in France through majority private investments and reference minority listed investments.

Owned by the Martel family, CARAVELLE is an agile, long-term shareholder investing its own equity in French SMEs (€50 to 300m turnover) to support their national and international developments.

The Group is based in Paris, with a consolidated staff of 1 200 people.

History

Founded in 1995 by Pierre-André Martel (†2011), CARAVELLE started as a turn-around specialist successfully investing in pharmacy, industrial vehicles equipments, mecanics and software industries. As of 2007, turn-around investments were made through the company Arcole Industries in which CARAVELLE held a minority stake until 2014.

From 2012 to 2017, under the leadership of Hélène Martel-Massignac (†2018), the Group pursued its investment strategy in in bonis companies especially in industry, services, tourism and hospitality.

Since 2017, CARAVELLE is lead by Lorène Martel,  who had been Board member since 2011.

TEAM

4 Board members:

Marc-Olivier Laurent – Chairman
Pierre Martel
Stanislas de Quercize
Patrick Buffet

Lorène Martel

President

Professional experience

Urgo Medical

Mazars

Education

HEC Paris

AgroParisTech

Franck Harel

CFO

Professional experience

Bolloré

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Education

Paris-Dauphine

Assas-Paris II

Charles Vilgrain

Head of Investments

Professional experience

AgroGeneration, Alcimed

Coca-Cola

Education

INSEAD

ENSAIA

Myriam Kournaf Lambert

Head of hospitality

Professional experience

The Family Coppola Hideways

Hotel Montalembert

Education

Nice-Sophia Antipolis

Edouard de Beaufort

Director

Professional experience

Apax Partners, Bain, CVC

Lehman Brothers

Education

INSEAD

EM LYON

Thibaud Morin

Associate

Professional experience

EMCap Partners

KBW

Education

HEC Paris

Activities

Divested activities