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Ardian-backed Trigo taps Niss as supervisory board chair

Trigo Group, which is backed by Ardian, has named Francis Niss as chairman of its supervisory board. Niss is the former president of Liebherr Group‘s aerospace and transportation unit. Trigo is a provider of operational quality management solutions for the manufacturing sector.


Paris, July 21, 2016 – Ardian and the TRIGO Group today announce the appointment of Francis Niss as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Following Ardian’s recent majority investment in TRIGO Group, Francis Niss has been appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Mr. Niss replaces John Notman-Watt, who steps down from the Board following the exit of IK Investment Partners, the previous majority owner of TRIGO.

Francis Niss has extensive experience in the transportation industry, most notably as President of the Aerospace and Transportation division of the Liebherr Group between 2006 and 2014. Since 2015, Mr. Niss has served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Germany’s Sell GmbH (Zodiac Group) and also sits on the Board of Directors of Latécoère, the Toulouse-based aerospace supplier.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Niss said: “This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the next stage of growth of TRIGO and I am looking forward to work on it with Ardian, the other members of the Board and the management team”.

Founded in 1997, TRIGO is a multinational company providing operational Quality Management solutions for the manufacturing sector, especially in the transportation industries. With a team of more than 7,000 professionals present in 20+ countries across 4 continents, TRIGO offers a comprehensive portfolio of Quality Inspection, Engineering and Management Services all along the supply chain.

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