We would have liked to find lice in the head of Jean-Pierre Demurger. Many. The banker, the creditors, the secretary of the works council, the justice to finish. It is that the personality of the heir of one of the finest jewels of the Roanne industry, too complex, too esoteric, indisposed. He did not smell hot oil, sweat, metal chips. We saw him more emphasizing the adage “grandparents create, children develop, grandchildren squander”. Yet it is at the moment when Jean-Pierre Demurger wants to structure a heterogeneous metal group, created by his grandfather in 1923, developed by his father, of which he became the general manager in 1992, after brilliant studies at the National School of Arts et Metiers, or at no less prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that his historical banker cuts him the money.
Almost overnight, it is filing for bankruptcy at the end of 2003. The sale to the Lyon group Ultra Diam which will itself be forced to resell a few years later to the German company, Ultranova, current happy owner. Jean-Pierre Demurger, whose family was again ready to inject 2 to 3 new million euros, will not have had time to put his ideas of holding, commercial and industrial division, in place, yet validated by the the Commercial Court.
In the end we would have liked to see Jean-Pierre Demurger, now retired in Switzerland, where he chairs a company developing websites, dive for bankruptcy and abuse of corporate assets. It was also the two prejudices that found his dismissal in correctional May 21 in Roanne.
“That Jean-Pierre Demurger was not the man of the situation at the time of the restructuring of the family group, many people have thought, and that’s why he is in front of you” had pleaded Me Enthoven of the Paris Bar for the defense.
The court relaxed him for bankruptcy, but convicted for misuse of corporate property. Passionate about aviation, pilot, former president of Roannais flying club, Jean-Pierre Demurger had indeed used the plane of his company JP Aviation to bring customers to Roanne, go to supervise the construction of a factory in France. Tunisia. The trips were billed to Demurger SA between € 15,000 and € 106,000, according to estimates between 2002 and 2004. “Who can say that Demurger SA has not drawn a social interest in these flights?” Had questioned the lawyer Mr. Demurger. In vain, Jean-Pierre Demurger was paid Tuesday and 40 000 € fine including 20 000 € suspended.
Translated from a local press release (June 2010)