Gérard Pluvinet founded 21 Centrale Partners, together with Alessandro Benetton in 1998. Prior to this, Gérard was the Managing Director and Chairman of Société Centrale pour l’Industrie which he joined in 1970. During his time at Société Centrale pour l’Industrie, Gérard Pluvinet undertook a number of operational roles in affiliated companies. In particular, he acted as CFO of L’Electronique Appliquée à la Mécanique (1972-73), CEO of Delachaux Niestlé Spes (1975-80), CEO of Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche des Minéraux Industriels (1979-86) and CEO of Méribel Alpina (1982-94). Gérard Pluvinet holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures in Law and Economics and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.