Alexandre Vilgrain began taking on responsibilities within the subsidiaries of the family’s agribusiness group in France, Africa and the Indian Ocean in 1979. In Asia he set up a network of French-style café bakeries called Delifrance Asia, which was then listed on the stock exchange. In 1995 he succeeded his father as Chairman of SOMDIAA. He also holds various positions within other companies, including that of observer on the Proparco board of directors. He was appointed Chairman of the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN) in 2009.