A graduate of École Centrale de Paris and the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, Frédéric Gardès, began his career in 1994 in the Bouygues group as a Construction Engineer at Bouygues Offshore. From 2002 to 2011, he moved on to Saipem in management positions on major international projects. In 2011, he joined Colas as Director of GTOI, a Colas Reunion Island subsidiary. He then took the lead of the Indian Ocean Regional Division in 2013, and was tapped to become Deputy General Manager Northern Europe and Middle East in 2015. In March 2018, he was appointed International Managing Director. On 14 May 2019, Frédéric Gardès was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Colas. On 16 February 2021, he was appointed Chairman & CEO of Colas.