OUR TEAM

Cyrille COSTES
President

Throughout his 20-year career, Cyrille has remained at the heart of the energy investment and trading markets, living and working in Asia, Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.

Before founding Lynx, he was Group President for Business Development and a board member for the Mercuria Energy Group. From the mid-90s until 2005, he held a number of posts at Total Oil Trading, with responsibility for the West Africa desk and business development in emerging markets. He also pioneered the company’s trading operations in the CIS.

Cyrille holds a master’s degree in English from Paris Sorbonne University. He also earned a master in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg (IEP – Strasbourg) and an MBA from the HEC Paris School of Management.

Franck BLAIS
Vice-President

Before co-founding Lynx, Franck worked on the business development team at Mercuria Energy Group. Leading up to his time at Mercuria, he managed a range of activities at BNP Paribas and Africa Merchant Bank (Fortis Group), from financing independent oil and gas companies to restructuring debts for national oil companies and M&A activities in the upstream sector.

 

Earlier, Franck was part of Total Trading’s finance department. There he oversaw risk management and credit for the Group’s energy trading activities. He started his career at Bankers Trust in Paris.

 

Franck holds a business degree in Economics and Finance from the IFP School, a Master’s in Science Geophysical Engineering from Northwestern University Chicago, and an engineering degree from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics (School of Public Works) in Paris.

Cédric COSTES
CEO

Cédric Costes came to Lynx with over 15 years of experience in the aerospace, security and defence sectors, primarily in the Southeast Asian and African markets.

 

Cédric spent 3 years as President of Thales International Africa; he was responsible for the P&L of 7 companies and supported by a team of over 1,000 people based in 10 countries.

Previously, he spent 8 years within the EADS Group, first as Eurocopter Sales Director for Southeast Asia, and then as Vice President Asia & Pacific of EADS International.

 

He started his career as Deputy Regional Director for OGA Conseil International in Islamabad; he then moved on to become the company’s Deputy Vice President for the Asia Pacific region.

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