Supporting the Defence and Security forces: a priority for GMF and the Covéa group

Dec 1, 2015, by Covea

Stepping up support for the military and police forces and their families is central to the strategy of GMF, the Covéa group brand that is a benchmark for, and has forged strong connections with, civil servants.

Covéa intends to increase its presence in this sector, in which GMF reaffirmed its interest at its General Meeting on 13 May 2015, through the creation of a Defence and Security mutual insurance division. This project could subsequently be rolled out in other areas of the civil service.

For this purpose, Covéa has announced the arrival of Jacques Feytis, Controller General of the French armed forces (Contrôleur Général des Armées), as an adviser to Covéa’s Chairman and CEO, Thierry Derez. Mr Feytis will be in charge of steering the establishment of this division.

GMF, a mutual insurer that has served the Defence and Security community for over 80 years, and the Covéa group are thus providing protection for the armed forces independently of any interest group.

Jacques Feytis, 53, has a Master’s degree in history, a law and economics degree, and is a graduate of the combined arms military school (Ecole Militaire Interarmes - EMIA). He was formerly an auditor at France's Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale). He began his career in 1984 in the French army and joined the army’s general control body in 1997. He was Controller of the Maritime Atlantique Region until 2000, then undertook various assignments involving oversight of civilian personnel matters at the French Ministry of Defence.

In 2004, he was appointed Secretary General of the Supreme Council of the French Military Services (Secrétaire général du Conseil Supérieur de la Fonction Militaire - CSFM), before becoming the social affairs adviser to the Minister of Defence in 2007. In 2009, he became Deputy Director General of the French National Association for Adult Professional Training (Association nationale pour la formation professionnelle des adultes - AFPA). In July 2012, Mr Feytis was appointed Human Resources Director at the French Ministry of Defence.