Alexandre Bompard is chairman and chief executive officer of Carrefour.
Carrefour, based in France, is one of the world’s leading retailers, the second largest retailer in the world and the largest in Europe. The group now features four major grocery retail formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, cash & carry and convenience stores.
The group now operates on three major markets: Europe, Latin America and Asia. With a presence in more than 30 countries, it generates more than 55 per cent of its sales outside France. With over 9900 company-owned and franchise stores, Carrefour gives priority to local supply chains. So 75 per cent of all its food products come from local suppliers in the countries in which it operates.
The chain is often the premier private employer in the countries in which it operates. This is obviously the case in France but it also holds true in countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Italy.