Gilles has been Global Head of Insurance for Financiere Pinault - Groupe Artémis since 2000 and previously headed its Merger and Acquisitions Group. He was responsible for the creation in 2001 of Tawa. Gilles managed the acquisition of Aoba (Japan) by Groupe Artémis, the first life insurance company ever acquired 100 per cent by overseas investors in Japan and supervised that company's run-off strategy from 1999. He managed the sale of Aoba (Japan) in September 2004 to Prudential Life of Japan. Amongst numerous other transactions within the Financière Pinault group, Gilles managed the 1998 public-to-private take-over of Christie's International Plc, the international auction house. Gilles is a director of and is Chief Executive Officer of Tawa Associates Ltd. Gilles is a member of the Board and chairs the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Christie's Plc. Gilles is also a non-executive director of Asta Managing Agency Ltd and a director of Asta Capital Limited.