Industrial Director

When Nicolas Lasseigne (*) goes on assignment

(*) For confidentiality reasons, the name of the interim manager has been changed and the identity of the client hidden.



The client is a major agro-industrial player in France. It is a family-owned group with various multi-activity subsidiaries.

In the midst of an acquisition, one of the divisions, a leader in its market for the processing of agricultural raw materials, launched a vast plan to structure and improve the performance of its industrial entities (18 plants in ten countries). In this context, and following a serious work accident, the group’s industrial director called on WAYDEN to take in hand this process at three major sites in eastern France.



Drawing on a solid network of managers from the WAYDEN pool, Rémi Dessertine, Associate Director, was able to organise an emergency meeting with the client in less than 48 hours to introduce Nicolas Lasseigne, who would start the assignment the very next day for a period of eight months.

Nicolas was chosen for his listening skills, his empathy and above all his ability to train teams. He knows how to pilot this type of operation, in particular thanks to his ability to remain close to the field at all times.



During this assignment, Nicolas carried out four major tasks with the support of a WAYDEN associate director:

  • Taking over the operational management of sites with more than 250 employees where management had been absent for many months, and supporting teams in order to guarantee strict compliance with Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) rules.
  • Urgently appeasing the social climate, which had deteriorated considerably due to the lack of management.
  • Managing investments and extension and development projects for each site.
  • Deploying the group’s operational excellence plan at the divisional level while continuing to ensure the continuity of operations, with the aim of rationalising quality, quantity, costs and production planning.



As part of the assignment, Rémi agreed to a detailed weekly follow-up with Nicolas and the client – a way of working that allows for agile and efficient communication between all parties. All this work, and in particular the 100% implication of the interim manager, made this assignment a resounding success.