Jean-Bernard is a Founding Partner of HLD.

Having earned his stripes in the personal staffs of government ministers, Jean-Bernard joined the merchant bank Lazard in 1993. Following three years as a mergers and acquisitions consultant for major French companies, he joined BNP as Strategy Director, then becoming Head of Capital Markets and, finally, Chairman of Banque Directe. He was recruited by Wendel in 2001, as Managing Director and then Chairman of the Board. He turned Wendel around, in particular by making the investments in Editis and Bureau Veritas.

Is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and of Mines ParisTech.