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A constantly evolving group

For over 40 years, Rexel has been growing by anticipating the needs of its markets and customers. It remains one step ahead with its offer of innovative solutions of electrical supplies for professionals in the industrial, residential, and commercial sectors.


  1967 : Creation in France of CDME (Compagnie de Distribution de Matériel Electrique)

  1980 : Initial expansion in Europe

  1983 : Listed on the Second Marché of the Paris stock exchange

  1986 : Entry into the US market

  1990 : Acquired by the PPR group

  1993 : CDME changes its name to Rexel

  1998 : Initial operations in Australia and New Zealand

  1999 : Expansion into Eastern Europe

  2000 : Operations start in China and Canada

  2005 : 100% of the share capital of Rexel is acquired by a consortium of investors led by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.

  2006 : Rexel acquires Gexpro (formerly GE Supply) in USA

  2007 : Initial public offering of Rexel (Euronext Paris, SBF 120 index). Establishment of a Supervisory Board and a Management Board.

  2008 : Acquisition of the major European assets of Hagemeyer (No. 3 worldwide)

  2009 : Launch of LEAD 2011, a dynamic company strategy to explore new growth avenues (new energies, large infrastructure projects)

  2011 : Entry into the Indian, Brazilian and Peruvian market

  2012 : Rudy Provoost becomes Chairman of the Management Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Rexel. Rexel launches the company plan Energy in Motion.

  2014 : Rexel becomes a société anonyme wih a Board of Directors. Rudy Provoost becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors and C.E.O. of Rexel.