Zalis managers work alongside the client management team and all have 10 to 20 years of professional experience in change management.

A multi-disciplinary team is supporting them with skills in:

  • R&D and technical: valuation of the products/services of the company.
  • HR: crisis management, motivation issues, social plans, coaching, recruitment.
  • Sales and marketing : marketing plans, sales, international partnerships
  • Finance: accounts audit; business plans, negotiation with partners
  • Law: social mandates, legal aspects of plans, shareholders’ agreement control



  • Daniel Cohen
    Strategy Expert. President & Founder of ZALIS.

  • Eric Le Mer
    Director of Operations. (Experience: 20 years)

  • Jean-Marc Parizet
    Coach consultant in strategic transformations
    Management & Organisation Development Consultant

  • Harry Cohen
    Financial risk management, ZALIS' representative in New-York

  • Chris Thompson
    Head of Executive Coaching
    Management & Organisation Development Consultant



Daniel Cohen - Expert en Stratégie
Daniel Cohen

Strategy Expert. President & Founder of ZALIS

Daniel Cohen has over 20 years of professional experience. He founded Zalis at the end of 2001. Through one hundred missions, he has developed a reputation for the successful turnaround of troubled companies. Daniel's reputation is based on a wide range of expertise covering technical aspects right through to financial business aspects. Most recently, he has been involved with:

- Operationnal and strategic support on financial transactions of a tourism and leisure group.

- The growth of a Software Services Company.

- The successful strategic reshaping of an international videogame company close to bankruptcy.
- The restructuring of a large subsidiary of an international industrial company.
- The development and the introduction of a management control system in an automobile factory in an East European country.
- The hands-on management of a crisis period in the luxury hotel sector, which enabled the hotel to be sold successfully.

Previously, Daniel headed various technology companies ranging from medium to large size. He created several companies and subsidiaries in which he has managed Growth Phase Management, Acquisitions and Mergers, restructuring for IPO; in the sectors of: Video Games, Multimedia, Software and Computing, Services Companies, Technology, Media, Audiovisual, Communications…
Those companies gave him the hands-on experience of dealing with units of tens to several thousands of employees.

Daniel holds a Master of Electronics and a Master of Automatics & Robotics. He has written technical books and articles about management. He also teaches Masters Students (Financial, Risk and project management) in the University of Bordeaux and Telecom  Management Sud Paris.

Articles :
- Appointment to the supervisory board of Partouche
- Gestion des risques en entreprises
- La crise : quelles pistes pour 2009 ?
- Diagnostic éclair pour sociétés en crise
- Comment mener une opération de sauvetage
- Ressources humaines et retournement d'entreprises

Eric Lemer - Directeur Opérationnel
Eric Le Mer
Director of Operations. (Experience: 20 years)

Eric Le Mer (X71) has a vast experience in turnaround and restructuring of Software and Computing Services Companies, of the manufacturing sector, of SMEs as well as of large groups.

Eric is a specialist in high technology (Telecom, Aeronautics and Information Technologies) in an international environment:

- Organizer and Manager of complex structures (multinational, global);
- Initiator and pilot of diversification and partnerships growth strategies (M&A);
- High level negotiator (Clients/Partners).

Eric joined Zalis in 2002 where he started with the reorganization of the Sales Management of a Software and Computing Services company. Then he monitored various consulting assignments.

Prior to this, Eric held responsibilities at a very high level within major groups: Alcatel Alsthom (85-88); Syseca (80-85); (88-96) where he was in charge of the Rita program turnaround, before becoming General Manager of the Training & Simulation Division (USA and UK). He worked on the expansion of Intertechnique (96-97) through mergers and acquisitions. Then, as CEO, he tripled the turnover of Syntegra (97-01), a Software and Computing Services company, a subsidiary of BT plc. In 2001 he rescued the Internet start-up Ukibi before joining Zalis.

Eric graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (X71) and Sup Aéro; he also holds a PhD in Mathematics.


Ivan Maltcheff - Directeur Ressources Humaines
Ivan Maltcheff
Human Resources manager

Ivan Maltcheff has over 20 years of professional experience in Human Resources.

He joined the Zalis team in 2002. He has been involved in main Zalis assignments.

For Zalis, he has headed various HR missions during turnaround and restructuring operations. He has headed many restructuring and redundancy plans. He has hired hundreds of people. He is specialised in building incentive plans. Ivan's reputation is based on a wide range of expertise covering change management, incentive plans, coaching, complex systems,…

Most recently, he has been involved with:
- The turnaround of an international videogame company close to bankruptcy.
- The restructuring of a large subsidiary of an international industrial company.
- Helping to introduce a management control system in an automobile factory in an East European country.

Previously, Ivan has been the Human Resources Manager in different companies: Kalisto; Biorad; Sanofi Pasteur; Konica; Jeans C17. These companies gave him the hands on experience of dealing with companies from 300 to 2000 employees in both French and International operations.

Ivan holds Masters degrees in Corporate Law and a Human Resources Management. He has written articles about management and HR, and was the co-author in 2005 of a book about team management in learning organizations.

Articles :
- Ressources humaines et retournement d'entreprises


Jean-Marc Parizet

Coach consultant in strategic transformations

Jean-Marc has over 25 years of experience. After having worked 6 years in finance, he took a career crossroads and gained in an operational experience in human resources. For 20 years, he has specialized as a coach consultant in transformation situation with high stakes.

He guides and coaches people and management teams about strategic decision making. His intuition, experience and foresight allow the client to build balanced solutions that serve the development of the key business players. He is guiding them on their way with precision and with the knowledge that they share together during important steps. He also manages coaches and directors for their personal development.

Jean-Marc has graduated from ESSEC in Finance and Human Resources (1977) – he has had several certifications: SOSIE, PAPI, leadership situational Ken Blanchard-one to one, Equipe, T4T, certified Coach HEC, Creator du JD5 Expand your energy potential and he has published in 2009 “how to succeed the first coaching session” (Editions DUNOD/interEditions)

Jean-Marc graduated from ESSEC Finance and Human Ressources (1977). He has several certifications: SOSIE, PAPI, leadership situationnel Ken Blanchard-one to one, Equipe, T4T, certified Coach HEC, Creator of JD5 Develop your energetic potential. He has also published in 2009 « Réussir la première séance de coaching » published by DUNOD/interEditions and in 2013, "La force de la pleine conscience" by Editions InterEditions.

John Lloyd - Directeur Opérationnel
John Lloyd
Executive Manager

John Lloyd has over 20 years of professional experience in executive management.

He joined the Zalis team at the beginning of 2008 and works mainly in the business-to-business services sector. As well as turnarounds and restructuring, he is specialised in mergers and acquisitions, logistics and supply chain management.

Most recently he was Chief Restructuring Officer and then Chairman of the CAT group (automotive logistics). He has ten years of international board level experience, and broad international experience in operational, commercial, strategic and financial management. He previously worked for Hays Logistics, TDG group, Schlumberger and Ernst & Young.

In these various positions he has led several successful turnaround and restructuring missions, including:
- Implementation of operational restructuring through a detailed programme of performance improvement initiatives
- Generation of credible business plans
- Improvement of financial and cash flow performance through working capital management
- Financial restructuring through negotiation of debt reductions with two different classes of creditors (banks and bondholders)
- Sale of businesses

John graduated from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) with a degree in Political Science and Sociology in 1978 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981.


Rolland de Conihout - Directeur Opérationnel
Roland de Conihout
Director of Operations

Roland de Conihout has over 20 years of professional experience in executive management. He has managed several disposals, mergers & acquisitions.

Today he specializes in Outsourcing Strategy and Management in the industrial sector as well as for local authorities and specialized operators.

Since 2002 Roland has been very involved in the development of the Zalis methodology (management rules, projects and risks management) as well as in the follow-up and the development of these methods.

Since 2005, Roland has been working on the strategic aspects of Zalis missions concerning the development of a consulting firm which specializes in project management and services. He is giving operational assistance in the implementation of the commercial organization.

Beforehand, Roland worked as Development and Strategy Director for Steria Infogerence, after the takeover of Experian IT Outsourcing activities by STERIA Group for which he was Executive Vice-President in July 2000.

Roland is a specialist of IT Outsourcing activities in which he started to work in the 70s as Managing Director, and then President of Méthodes et Informatique, a subsidiary of Bull since 1990, specialized in Facilities Management and of Secours Informatique that later became Intégris.

Roland holds a Master degree in Economic Sciences and a Master of Business Administration of the Institut de Contrôle de Gestion (Business Management Information Control).


Jean-Paul Vautrey - Directeur Opérationnel
Jean-Paul Vautrey
Executive Manager

Jean-Paul Vautrey has over 20 years of professional experience in executive management of IT services companies (CapGemini Telco & Media; Dassault non Defense Electronics Company; Atos global Systems Integration Division; T-systems France (Telco & IT Services Companies).

He joined Zalis at the beginning of 2007 and he is responsible for missions in the “services” sector. Most recently he has been in charge of the development of “information system” practice.

In these various positions, he led and successfully managed significant turnaround and/or restructuring challenges:
- Dramatic reshaping of the business model and offerings in order to adapt to market changes, successfully achieved together with higher than market growth and profitability.
- Re-focusing a business which was spread out over too many small market niches: aggressive international strategy in some segments, together with closing (through a drastic restructuring plan) the others.
- (Re-)organizing operations (sales and delivery) for a “new” company (which resulted from two recent mergers), in France and some other European countries, with focus on strong growth and improved profitability.
- Restructuring loss making service business, leading them back to profit through dramatic reduction of low value activities and profound change in the Go2Market model and in the organization of its technical and production resources.

Jean-Paul graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1967) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (1972). He holds a Masters degree in Economics - University of Paris Sorbonne (1972).


Jean François Habert - Directeur Administratif et Financier
Jean François Habert
Expert in finance and valuation

Jean-François Habert has over 20 years of professional experience as a Chief Financial Officer in international groups.

Since 2005 he has been working on the financial aspect of Zalis’ main missions. Jean- François is particularly talented at handling numbers and succeeds in modeling complex financial systems very quickly. He has modelled the activities of all the companies Zalis has worked for. He is particularly experienced in real estate, hotel trade, and the services industry.

More recently, Jean-François was involved in the following missions:
- Financial research on an assignment in the hotel trade;
- Development of the financial aspect of various business plans;
- Modeling of the industrial aspects of the turnaround of an international video game company close to bankruptcy;
- Implementation of a set of tools to follow-up the accounting of an automobile industry in an East European country.

Beforehand Jean-François had been Chief Financial Officer for various companies: Groupe Concept (3 years), Division Tourism/Leisure of the group Sodexho (4 years), Groupe Bernard Tapie (2 years); Avia-Urbaine des Pétroles (Group Elf-Aquitaine, 5 years).

Jean-François graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (1978); he is a Doctor in Science of Organizations (Paris IX Dauphine 1981), and holds a DESS Sciences Economiques (Paris II Assas 1980) and a DECS (1980).



Harry Cohen

Financial risk management, ZALIS' representative in New-York

Since two years, Harry Cohen has embodied Zalis SAS in New-York.

HC has over 20 years of international experience working in Paris, London, Madrid and NY for major financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, Vega, BBVA, Bankers Trust, CIC and BNP.

Harry is the founding partner at HDCB Advisors LLC (USA) :

- Responsible for managing currencies and Interest rates exposures or equity overlays for Funds of funds and Family offices.

- He also provides risk advisory services for a multi-family office.
- He is also advisor for a major risk solutions software provider for Fund of Funds and long only asset managers.

Until September 2008, Harry served as senior proprietary trader at Credit-Suisse on a global macro relative value strategy.

He joined Vega in 2003 to manage initially assets within the Vega RV fund, and then launched his own hedge fund as a sole manager with seed capital from BBVA.

Prior to his tenure at Vega, Harry spent six years with BBVA. His last position was as, Managing Director, global head of emerging markets. He has managed complex portfolios in distressed times: a credit portfolio through a default (Argentina 2001) and a confidence crisis (Brazil 2002). HC was hired in 1997, as a proprietary trader and was promoted to director, head of relative value proprietary trading.

Harry received with honors a Magistere of Econometrics and Statistics (Toulouse, 1989) and also holds a DEA in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics (Toulouse, 1989).


Catherine Féchant
Manager Project

Catherine Féchant joined Zalis in january 2012.

She has 15 years of professional experience in Project Management in sectors such as industry, information system or banking. She has the capacity of being in a PMO leading several key projects from small (10 pers) to large departments (c.5000 pers.). She can assist to vision development and objective definition analyze related risks : define KPI, process or methods. She knows to manage a team and how to train and coach it to get the best results, on time and on budget.

Catherine has worked for five years as a senior PMO and as a consultant in companies such as Thalès or Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking.

Catherine holds an EMBA with high honors at ESC Lille in strategy, Program & Project Management and a Ph D at UPCM Paris 6. She has published several scientific articles, activity or industrial reports. She has also participated to national conferences and international symposiums on geophysical subjects.



Edwige Heinry - Assistante de Direction

Edwige Heinry
Executive assistant & Communication

Edwige the coordination hub in the management of projects and events in Zalis.

She is in charge of the external communication of Zalis by following-up communication actions, advertising, and external conferences.
She is also responsible for the animation and update of the website.
After a literary training, she has a vast experience as an executive assistant.



Dominique Patard - Expert Internet et Directeur Opérationnel
Dominique Patard

Internet Expert and Executive Manager

As an external partner, he heads consulting missions in new technology sectors.

International Executive MBA graduated (Paris, New-York 2002); He founded Trackbusters, one of the leaders of the SEO & Web Strategy Market.

Dominique has headed several missions for Zalis SAS.






Chris Thompson

Head of Executive Coaching
Management & Organisation Development Consultant

Chris Thompson has over 25 years of professional experience in Human Resources.

Since 2000, he has specialised in strategy development, leadership, organizational development and talent management, both in a teaching and consulting capacity. Chris is currently a freelance consultant working out of Paris where he has lived since 1974.

He joined the Zalis team in 2002. Over the last 5 years, he has helped to build the team, coached Daniel Cohen and run Zalis seminars. He is involved in the creation of the Zalis methodology and processes. Recently he has played a crucial role in Zalis missions.

Prior to that, from 1991-2000 Chris was HR Development Manager for Microsoft EMEA and started the Microsoft Employee Survey in the EMEA region, the succession planning process and ran the cross-border high potential leadership development program.
In DEC France, he ran the management development group, and started the international training function in ACCOR.

He graduated with a B.A. in Theoretical Linguistics from York University (UK) and thereafter taught in universities in Sweden and France before doing a M.B.A. and moving into management education.





Ivan a une formation initiale de Capitaine de Marine Marchande, Il est diplômé de l’IAE de Paris (DESS Administration des Entreprises) et de l’Université de Floride (University of Florida – MBA entrepreneurship). Il intervient en environnement anglophone et hispanophone.


Edwige Heinry - Assistante de Direction
Edwige Henry
Assistante de Direction & Chargée de Communication

Edwige intervient en véritable relai et axe de coordination dans la gestion des projets et des événements au sein de Zalis.
Elle participe à la communication externe de Zalis en suivant les actions de communication, de publicité et conférences externes.
Elle assure par ailleurs le suivi de l'animation et la mise à jour du site web.

de formation littéraire, elle a un long parcours d'assistante auprès de chefs d'entreprise.