Charvet president Pierre-Alain Augagneur has suddenly and tragically passed away at the age of just 50.
He sadly suffered a heart attack while in Dubai on 27 October. Pierre-Alain had been dividing his time between there and his native France to manage Charvet’s local office for the past few years.
Joining the respected cooking equipment manufacturer as CEO in 2003, Pierre-Alain was passionate about the Charavines-based firm’s capabilities, telling Catering Insight last year: “Charvet is a promise. The Charvet brand means something to chefs, and we make very chef-oriented products.”
He also said of his staff: “People love it here, they are proud of the brand, which is why we never want to devalue the product.”
Charvet UK MD Wayne Cuomo paid tribute to him, saying: “The staff of Charvet Premier Ranges extend our deepest sympathy to his family.
“The loss has left all of us deeply shocked and saddened, as he was a wonderful colleague and a valued friend, respected by all.
“Pierre-Alain was just 50 and leaves a wife and four children.”
Pierre-Alain graduated as an engineer from the School of Industrial Techniques and Textiles of Lille, beginning his career in 1994 as head of research and development at SIL, the family business founded by his father.
In 2008 he also took up the post of president at France Kitchen, a kitchen design and manufacturing collective Charvet co-owns with Tournus Equipement.
Outside of Charvet, he was the president of the technical commission of SYNEG, the French national union of large kitchen equipment, then the union’s president between 2013 and 2016. He had been vice president for the past 2 years.
Funeral arrangements for Pierre-Alain are not yet known.