AXA board unanimously chose Mr Gosset-Grainville after a two-year process to become the new chairman in April next year.
Granville will take charge at the end of the tenure of Denis Duverne the current and outgoing chairman in April 2022.
Gosset-Grainville is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques in Paris and holds a postgraduate degree in banking and finance from the University of Paris IX Dauphine.
He began his career in 1993 at the Inspection générale des finances, before taking the position of deputy general secretary of the European Monetary Committee and then the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee in 1997.
Mr Gosset-Grainville was EC Economic and Industry Affairs adviser for trade from 1999 to 2020. In 2020, he became a partner at law-firm Gide, where he managed the Brussels office, before becoming deputy director of the cabinet for the French Prime Minister in 2007.
In 2010, he was appointed deputy managing director of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, in charge of finance, strategy, investments and international operations, and was interim chief executive of the group from February 2012 to July 2012.
Mr Gosset-Grainville co-founded the law firm BDGS Associés in 2013.
“Following a comprehensive succession process, conducted in line with our governance standards, I am pleased that the board has come to a unanimous decision on my successor, Antoine Gosset-Grainville. Antoine’s extensive experience in the world of business and public affairs, as well as his entrepreneurial track record in building a successful law firm in Paris, will bring a great deal to AXA and help drive the next phase of the group’s success. I look forward to working closely with Antoine over the next year to ensure a smooth transition,” said Mr Duverne.
AXA CEO Thomas Buberl said it has been a privilege to work with Mr Duverne and is pleased Mr Gosset-Grainville has agreed to become the next AXA chair.
“His broad experience will be a valuable asset for the management committee and me in managing the challenges in front us. I would also like to thank the board for having run such a high-quality and comprehensive succession process,” he added.
Mr Gosset-Grainville said he is honoured by the confidence placed in him by AXA’s board. “I would also like to thank Denis Duverne and Thomas Buberl for their trust. I look forward to working closely with Denis Duverne, Thomas Buberl and the board over the next year to ensure a successful transition in April 2022,” he said.