Following his unanimous re-election by the Board of Directors on March 27, 2019, François Barrault began his third term as Chairman.
Since 2011, he has chaired the Board, made up of six members, and the Board of Directors, which is comprised of Accenture, Alten, BNP Paribas, Bouygues Telecom, Engie, France Televisions, GFI, GSMA, IBM, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Nokia, La Région Ile-de-France, La Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Mediterranée, SNCF and Verizon representatives.
Their function is to represent all members, and to set the Think Tank’ strategic directions, whose operational teams are managed by Jacques Moulin, who has been Chief Executive Officer since July 2017.
In addition, A great many prominent industry personalities have chosen to become IDATE DigiWorld members, to take part in expanding its reach and influence.
François has been the Chairman of IDATE DigiWorld since 2011.
François is an entrepreneurial and corporate veteran of the digital technology sector, which he discovered in 1977 when given his first computer as a gift for passing his baccalaureate. And the passion for new technologies it ignited has never left him.
He is the President and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, a consulting and investment firm specialised in media and telecommunications technologies, and publishing.
François also participates in conferences around the globe. He is a member of several boards of directors and advisory boards, for public and private companies, private equity funds and foundations.
He began his career at IBM as a researcher in robotics and artificial intelligence before going on to create, then sell, several companies.
François then served as a senior executive with a number of major multinationals, including Lucent Technologies, where he was CEO of Lucent EMEA. Later, as their international CEO, François oversaw the integration of 38 Lucent acquisitions in the Internet and telecommunications sector.
He went on to join BT and became CEO of BT Global Services, sitting on the BT Group PLC Board of Directors. François made BT Global Services the world leader in IT network services, with a division that employed 37,000 people operating in 176 countries, in addition to shepherding the acquisition of 32 companies from around the globe in four years, which represented $17 billion in revenue.
He simultaneously headed up BT Innovate, the group’s advanced R&D and innovation division, in addition to chairing and sponsoring numerous initiatives with some of the world’s most prestigious universities.
François remains very active at the WEF (Davos and regional forums) and created and then chaired the BT Global advisory board (60 world-class leaders from around the globe).
Jacques Moulin is CEO of IDATE DigiWorld since 1st July 2017
Jacques Moulin started his career with Thomson SA. He joined France Telecom-Orange Group in 1991 and participated in its transformation in B2B, consumer, and human resources segments both in France and abroad. He held various managerial and operational posts as well as other within Orange Group: human resources manager of the Eastern Parisian Region, human resources manager of Orange Business Services, Regional Manager for Lorraine then Territorial Manager for the Eastern Region (Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, Franche Comté). Prior joinning IDATE DigiWorld, Jacques was CEO of Sofrecom (2011), a consulting firm that specialises in assisting large corporation in their digital transformation.
A graduate of the Science Po school of politics, Jacques Moulin also has legal training and a postgraduate degree from the Paris institute of political studies (IEP). He has studied under the ESSEC economics and business school’s international development program.
Chairman, Attali & Associés
Jacques Attali was born November 1, 1943. Polytechnique, special advisor to the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, for ten years, is the founder of four international institutions: Action against hunger, Eureka, EBRD and positive Planet. Jacques Attali writes over 1,000 editorials in the magazine Express and is the author of 80 books (essays, novels, biographies, theater) sold to 8 million copies and translated into 22 languages. He has directed several orchestras around the world.
Founder & CEO, Blue like an Orange Capital
Graduated of ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, SciencesPo (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), La Sorbonne and HEC Business School (Haute Etudes Commerciales in Paris): regular speaker and teacher at these institutions as well as many prominent universities.
Inspector, then Deputy Head of the Auditing Service of the French Ministry of Finance; Partner and Managing Director, Lazard (New York, London and Paris); President Jacques Chirac’s Deputy Personal Representative for Africa and spokesman for the working group on new international financial contributions to fight poverty and fund development; Chief Financial Officer at Credit Agicole and Societe Generale Group; Managing Director of the World Bank and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer; Representative of World Bank Group at FSB, G7 and G20; Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital; Member of a number of Boards, including Federation Internationale de L’automobile (FIA), Haulotte Group, Quest France, Euazeo, Wealth Simple, Getlink (Eurotunnel) and Liquidnet.
HOBBIES, INERESTS & CHARITIES
Recently authored the book “Can Finance Save the World?” with a forward from President Emmanuel Macron and Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
President France, Nokia & Vice President Secretary, IDATE DigiWorld
President France, Vice President - Strategy and Portfolio Management Global Services, Nokia
Thierry Boisnon est en charge de l’exécution de la Stratégie, la gestion du portefeuille et des investissements pour l’activité Services de Nokia. A ce titre il pilote l’exécution des initiatives clés pour la transformation et la croissance de l’activité mondiale des services et l’incubation de nouveaux business.
Depuis Février 2017, il est également Président de Nokia en France et Président de différentes entités légales en France. Responsable de l’exécution des engagements entre Nokia et le gouvernement français, il coordonne le développement des différents écosystèmes autour des industries, des universités, des sites de Nokia Paris-Saclay et Lannion, en relation avec les diverses administrations françaises.
Exécutif avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans la direction générale de groupes d’activités, dans la vente, l’avant-vente et la direction de grand comptes (Directeur du compte Orange en particulier), Thierry a également une très grande expérience dans la direction opérationnelle des activités services.
Il fût notamment en charge en 2015, pendant l’intégration d’Alcatel-Lucent, de la définition et de l’implémentation du nouveau modèle opérationnel.
Avant de rejoindre Nokia, Thierry a été responsable du développement et du déploiement dans le domaine des réseaux Publics et de la sécurité (Pompiers, police, PMR) pour la société Ascom-Autophon et ensuite Bosch, avant de rejoindre Motorola en 1996 en Belgique.
Expert en Coaching, certification professionnelle depuis 3 ans, il interagit en tant que Mentor avec toutes les activités de Nokia dans le cadre du programme de « Coaching 4 Growth » afin de partager les meilleures pratiques et toutes les connaissances du domaine.
Passionné par l’innovation, très créatif dans les développements de nouvelles offres, dans l’amélioration constante, il a été tout au long de sa carrière au cœur des programmes de transformation.
Diplômé de L’ENSEA, analyse et traitement du signal (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Applications) groupe Central
Diplômé de l’ESSEC – Spécialisation création d’entreprise (Domotique)
President, Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes
Professor Bousmina’s background is in Physics, Physical Chemistry and Material Science and Engineering. He got his Engineering diploma from École des Hauts Polymères de Strasbourg, France and MSc. from Louis Pasteur UniversityFrance. He then got a Ph.D. from Louis-Pasteur University of Strasburg (France) in collaboration with the University of Chicago, USA and then a Post-Doc at École Polytechnique of Montreal.
He is presently:
- President of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes, Morocco
- Chancellor of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco
- President of NASAC (Network of African Science Academies that gathers 28 Academies across the African continent)
- Member of WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science)
- Member of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World)
- Member of AAS (African Academy of Sciences)
- Member of the Executive Board of IAP (InterAcademy Partnership), which gathers more than 140 Academies of Sciences across the world and from the five continents
- Member at large of Polymer Processing Society (PPS)
- Co-Editor of the Journal of Polymer Engineering (Edited by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, New-York.
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Edited by American Scientific Publisher. New-York.
- Regional Editor of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology (Bentham Science Publisher ISSN: 1872-2105 (Print).
- Associate Editor-in-Chief: Frontiers in Science and Engineering: Edited by the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. Morocco
- Member of the Editorial Board of Discovery and Innovation journal: Edited by African Academy of Sciences and TWAS
- Member of the Editorial Board of J. of Polymer Processing, Edited by Hanser, New York.
- Member of the Board of Trustees of PSL University (Paris Sciences et Lettres)
- Honorary member of Mohamed V Foundation for Solidarity
- Senior Canada Research Chair on Polymer Physics and Nanomaterials at Laval University, Canada
- Full Professor at Laval University before that he was assistant professor and then associate professor (1994-2008). He resigned in 2008 from his life time position to go back to his home country
- Director of Polymer Engineering at Laval University, Canada
- Director of Polymer Physics and Nanoscience Lab. It was at that time the largest centre in Northe America
- Director of Graduate Studies, Laval University, Canada
- Co-Founder and Director General of MASciR (Moroccan Advanced Science, Innovation and Research Foundation). (2008-2011).
- Founder & Director General of INANOTECH (Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) (2008-2011); The largest research centre on Nanotechnology in Africa
- President of Quebec Society of Polymers
- Director of SPE (Society of Plastic Engineers): Quebec-Canada section (2002-2007)
- Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Rheology (2000-2008)
- Member of the Canada Team for Aerospace (which selects the experiments to be done in space in collaboration with the European Space Agency and with NASA: 2006-2008)
- Chair of the Canadian NSERC National evaluation committee for Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering section (2005-2008)
- Chair of the Canadian steering committee for the evaluation of the Arbora-Nano Research Center of Excellence (2008)
- Member of the Advisory Board of I3N Network of Portugal (2009-2014)
- Editor-in-Chief of Editor-in-Chief of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience (2010-2014) Edited by Bioinfo publisher
- President of the International Morand Lambla Award Committee of the International Polymer Processing Society (2007-2015)
- President of the International James. L. White Award Committee of the International Polymer Processing Society (2007-2015)
- International representative for the Polymer Processing Society (2006-2015)
- Official examiner of l’Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, Canada (IOQ) (1996-2008)
- Official consultant for the Canadian government for the evaluation of research in industry (2004-2008)
- Consultant for Total, Inc (2004-2008); Consultant for IPL (2001-2006); Consultant for Bouch. Mac, Inc (20012007); Consultant for (Canadian Plastics Industry Association: CPIA: 1999-2006).
- President of S2M-NANOTECH (Société Marocaine sur les Matériaux et Nanomatériaux),
- The Grand Prize on Innovation in Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education, Morocco, 2009
- The prestigious STEACIE fellowship, which is considered as one of the highest distinctions in Canada from the NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada), in 2004
- Canada’s Top Twenty Researchers Prize from CIAR (Canada Institute for Advanced Science) in 2002: The best twenty researchers of Canada under the age of 45
- International Morand Lambla Award from Polymer Processing Society, in 2000. The best researcher at international level in the field of Polymers, Polymer Physics, Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Processing
- Award of Innovative research from the Ministry of Industry of Canada, 1999 Louis-Pasteur Award, France, in 1994.
Track record in terms of publications and scientific dissemination:
- 212 indexed publications in International peer reviewed Journals
- 6 Patents: One patent has been translated into business
- 1 book in press on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; 9 book chapters
- H-index of 43 in Web of Science, 44 in Scopus and 50 in Google Scholar (May 2018)
- Number of Citations: more than 6800 in Web of Science & 10500 in Google Scholar (May 2018)
- More than 300 invited speaker in international conferences (excluding the ones organized in home country)
- 63 Plenary and Keynote lectures in International Congresses (excluding the ones organized in home country)
- More than 60 invited Conferences in Universities at international level (excluding universities from home country) More than 30 Lectures in Industry (excluding home country)
Track record in terms of HQP supervision (Highly Qualified Personnel)
Has directly trained and supervised as Director of Research Centre more than 200 Ph.Ds; MSc.s (research: NAS); PDF (Post-doctoral Fellow); Research Associates; Engineers & Technicians
Teaching: He taught Polymers, Rheology, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena & Heat transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Materials engineering.
Senior Advisor, TowerBrook
Anne Bouverot is former Chair and CEO of Morpho, a world leader in security and identity solutions, employing more than 8,600 people in 55 countries and generating revenues of €2bn. Prior to joining Morpho, Ms. Bouverot spent 4 years as Director General of GSMA, the international association of mobile network operators. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Mobiel Services at Orange. She began her career as IT project manager with Telmex in Mexico.
Anne Bouverot is a Board Member of CapGemini, Cellnex Telecom, Edenred and Ledger, and Chair of Fondation Abeona (Data Science for Fairness & Equality).
She is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris in Mathematics. She holds a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
Bruno BOUYGUES is serving as CEO of GYS since 2004
Before graduating in 2002 from INSEAD (Singapore) with an MBA, Bruno studied at ESTP (France) & MIT (USA), where he obtained his Masters of Sciences in 1999. He also started his professional career in the Investment Banking arms of Merrill Lynch and Société Générale where he spent 3 years as Analyst and Associate.
After his MBA, he worked for 2 years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman before joining GYS in 2004 as CEO and then President.
GYS is a family-owned industrial group, headquartered in France, with over 700 employees in 6 countries (France, UK, Germany, Italia, Morocco, India & China). GYS engineers and manufactures welding & charging equipment and solutions. The group is positioned as one of the world’s technological leaders in its fields.
Aside from his professional endeavors, Bruno is a CCE, a Young Leader from the France-China foundation and a member of the YPO network. Bruno is married to Heyoung Lee Bouygues, the founder of the Reboot Foundation.
Founder & CEO, C4 Ventures & Chairman of the Board, Business France
Pascal is Founder & CEO at C4 Ventures. In August 2017, Pascal was appointed by French President Macron as Ambassador for International investments and Chairman of the Board of Business France.
Pascal is also an independent director at CIC-Banque Transatlantique, a non-executive director at Kingfisher and, until recently, at Vivendi and Style.com, the Condé Nast-owned eCommerce platform which merged with Farfetch.
Pascal acts as an advisor to executive teams at large private equity and European groups. In 2014, he conducted a strategic review of Net-A-Porter for owner CF Richemont, advising on business reengineering including IT & e-commerce systems prior to the company’s merger with YOOX.
In 2000, Steve Jobs appointed Pascal as General Manager and Vice President for Apple EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa), where he developed an innovative Go-To-Market strategy that included the successful rollout of the Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Shops. Under Pascal’s leadership, EMEIA was consistently Apple’s fastest growing region, with annual sales increasing from $1.2bn in 2000 to $40bn in 2012.
Before Apple, Pascal led Packard Bell NEC to become the leading European Home Computer Company. Pascal also previously held roles at Compaq and Booz, Allen and Hamilton management consultants.
Pascal holds an MA in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, an MA in Business Law and an MBA from HEC Paris. He graduated from the Executive Program (EPGC) at Stanford University and joined the 63rd Promotion of IHEDN in 2011. He has been decorated as Knight of the National Order of Merit of France by Mrs Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF.
CEO, Lefebvre Sarrut
Olivier Campenon was appointed CEO of Lefebvre Sarrut in May 2018.
He is currently Vice-President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, the first business network between France and Great Britain.
He is also the founder and CEO of La Financière de la Clarté, a consulting firm in digitalisation, providing support to CEOs in their digital transformation and to start-ups in their strategic development and fund raising.
Olivier brings over 20 years of international experience as an executive in the ICT sector.
He worked for BT (British Telecom) where he led and developed the French activities, then expanded BT operations in many new countries in his role as President of EMEA (Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Olivier began his career as consultant with Arthur Andersen, then joined AT&T, the American Telecom operator. In 1997, he was appointed Managing Director of SIRIS, a telecommunications business operator in France. He then became President of T-Systems France, the enterprise branch of Deutsche Telekom group.
He is also a member of the advisory board of the Professional Women’s Network (PWN France) and a member of the ETI Club.
Olivier graduated in 1986 from Supélec – Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, one of the leading French engineering schools. He is married with three children.
Michel leads the CEO and Board Practice for the firm. He has led numerous senior searches for board members and C-suite for financial sponsors and leading international corporations throughout Europe, the Middle East and USA.
Prior to joining Lancor, Michel founded and managed the European Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. In his early career, Michel was Deputy Managing Director of the Benelux countries for AT&T, with responsibility for sales, business development, and customer support.
He is a Member of the Boards of IDATE, C4V and Shareability.
Michel has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and biochemistry from Institut Meurice Engineering School Brussels and an executive master’s degree in management from Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He is also an AMP graduate from the IMD, Lausanne.
Group Chief Innovation Officer, Gfi
Jean-François a rejoint Gfi en 2010 où il a successivement occupé les fonctions de Directeur des practices Microsoft, de la mobilité puis de l’Innovation. Auparavant, il dirigeait sa propre entreprise de srvice et d’édition de logiciels, avant d’entrer chez Unilog/Logica pour prendre en charge la création de nouveaux produits et les practices collaboratives. En tant que Chief Innovation Officer, Jean-François met en oeuvre la stratégie d’Innovation de Gfi.
Le temps lui manque toujours pour se livrer à ses passions parmi lesquelles la cuisine, la moto, la plongée, la musique ou la vidéo. Souvent par monts et par vaux, il semble qu’on le trouve tout de même fréquemment à arpenter les marchés de Lisbonne…
Connectivity & Networks Director, SNCF
Au sein de la direction générale e.SNCF de l’EPIC SNCF, Sébastien KAISER, directeur connectivité & réseaux, est en charge de la stratégie télécom du groupe afin de moderniser l’offre de connectivité pour les clients, les agents et les opérations ferroviaires.
Diplômé de l’EDHEC Business School en management général, il intègre l’équipe dirigeante de la transformation digitale du groupe SNCF en janvier 2015. Il pilote le programme de couverture 4G du réseau ferré national, en partenariat avec l’ARCEP et les opérateurs télécoms (NET.SNCF) et construit le centre d’expertise de connectivité IoT. Il étend la coordination ferroviaire européenne autour des sujets de connectivité, en particulier au travers du partenariat DB/SNCF.
De 2007 à 2014, il pilote différents domaines SI métiers (sillons et redevances d’infrastructures) au sein de Réseau Ferré de France (RFF). De 1998 à 2007, associé de la société d’ingénierie logicielle TIMSOFT, il développe la practice web/intranet/e-commerce dans un marché en plein émergence.
Managing Director, Accenture & Vice-President Treasurer, IDATE DigiWorld
Isabelle Lafont is Accenture’s representant at the board of IDATE DigiWorld since 2017.
Isabelle is currently Managing Director, in charge of Telecom and media activities for France and Belux at Accenture Consulting.
Before joining Accenture in 2016, Isabelle has 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry in several leadership roles at AT&T and SFR. With a background in Finance, Isabelle started her career in 1992 as an auditor at PwC, she served as financial directors before moving into operational jobs heading consecutively customer operations and several business units with strong growth and transformation challenges.
Entrepreneur, Board Member at Orange, Econocom, Pernod Ricard, FFP, Imprimerie Nationale Digital transformation leader
Anne Lange is an entrepreneur and a sought after C-level business advisor with over 25 years of experience in technology innovation and public sector transformation.
She is the founder and managing partner of Adara, a consulting company that provides senior-level advice in group/organization governance, including strategy process, transformational projects and governance improvement. Amazon, ATKearney, BearingPoint, Dubai2020 are among its clients. On behalf of the French Government, she has recently launched the Think Tank dedicated to the preparation of Dubai 2020 international expo, so called “Connecting Minds”, and involving some of the most influent CAC40 leaders.
Anne is the co-founder and former CEO of Mentis Services, an IoT data intelligent software provider of urban space services, recently sold.
She also serves on the executive board of Orange (French leading service provider), Pernod-Ricard (second largest wine and spirits company in the world), Econocom (Leading European provider of business to business digital services), Imprimerie Nationale (France’s National Printing House).
Prior to this, Anne worked in diverse global executive functions with Cisco since 2004, based out of France and Silicon Valley. As a C-level executive, her engagements centered on adoption and innovation of technological, organizational and business processes to drive business transformation.
Anne’s career began at the French Prime Minister’s office as head of department for state-owned broadcasting companies until she joined Thomson, a high-tech champion, where she built up a new generation of consumer internet access devices. Anne is a graduate of French grandes ecoles, Science Po (Political Science) and ENA (Public Administration).
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Publicis Groupe
Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the leader in business, marketing and communications transformation. He joined Publicis in 1971 as IT Director, and was appointed CEO of Publicis Conseil, the Groupe’s flagship agency, in 1981. He was named CEO of Publicis Groupe in 1987, a role that he fulfilled for 30 years until being named Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of June 1, 2017. He was responsible for transforming Publicis from a great, French creative agency into a global leader, covering all segments of the advertising industry. With spectacular acquisitions such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Bcom3 (Leo Burnett, Starcom, Mediavest) Zenith or in the digital space with Digitas, Performics, Razorfish, Rosetta and Sapient, today Publicis represents more than 80,000 talents, $10 billion in revenue and is present in more than 104 countries.
In 2016, to celebrate Publicis Groupe’s 90th anniversary, Maurice Lévy was determined to look to the future rather than the past, keeping in line with Publicis’ pioneering spirit. The result was two initiatives – Publicis90, through which Publicis Groupe invested in 90 promising startups and Viva Technology Paris, a global event dedicated to the collaboration between large companies and startups.
Widely recognized as a leading figure in the communications industry, Mr. Lévy also co-founded the French Brain Institute (ICM) in 2005, and serves as the Chairman of the board for several entities, including the International Board of Governors for the Peres Center for Peace. In 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Pasteur-Weizmann Institute. Mr. Lévy has been honored with numerous distinctions and accolades for his contributions to media, business leadership, tolerance and peace. Mr. Lévy holds the distinctions of Commandeur of the French Légion d’Honneur and Grand Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite.
Managing Director – South EMEA, Verizon
As part of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Frédérique Liaigre is Managing Director for South EMEA, with responsibility for sales in France, Italy and Spain. Frédérique joined Verizon in June 2017, coming from ADP, where she most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Client Partnership for Multinational Customers in EMEA and USA.
Frédérique has extensive experience in both fixed and mobile communications, having spent time at Orange, AirTouch, Vodafone and SFR. She also has a strong experience of integration, convergence and Internet of Things.
Frédérique is reporting to Rich Montgomery, Vice President International Sales.
She is based in Paris.
Former Chief Innovation and Operating Officer, Nokia
Marc has 30 years of experience as a technology and business leader of large mobile networks vendors and pioneered the first ever commercial grade GSM voice calls in 1988 with Matra Communication. Marc has served on executive committees for the last two decades. As Nokia Chief Operating Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, he managed the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and the digital transformation of Nokia, serving also as chairman of the board of Alcatel-Lucent; overseeing Nokia technology and Bell Labs research. Recently, President of Nokia’s largest business, he has introduced very large-scale collaboration and information sharing, and championed an open approach in the industry. This radical refactoring of Nokia networks software and chipset technology has powered his business to the first position of the 5G vendors at the end of 2018, with major 5G business wins in USA and Asia. Marc is also an entrepreneur, being the founder and chairman of Dhatim, that has developed an AI-centered suite of applications to solve specific procurement, finance and even HR business challenges. PhD in information theory and graduate from Supélec, he is passionate about sailing, and drives the Nokia/Hugo-Boss project to bring Alex Thomson and his boat to victory in the 2020 Vendée Globe.
Chairman, Fondation Mines-Télécoms
Guy is a chemist who started his career surprisingly by joining Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and he so enjoyed this experience that he never left Telecommunications and Digital activities.
He served as CEO with Motorola Group and Ericsson in France and in international assignments.
In parallel he was active in professional mandates as chairing Strategic Committee for Digital Sector, Alliance TICS, ministerial group for Spectrum Dividende, Fontainebleau Business Incubator and Esigetel ( Electronics engineers School).
He represented European telecommunications industry in Brussels DGXIII TCAM.
He served as a member on Radiocommunications Advisory Commission, Digital Superior Council, ARCEP Forsight Committee, Idate Board, and New Caledonia Digital Development Board.
He is today a member of Economy General Council, chairman of Fondation Mines-Telecom and chairs AFD Technology Strategic advisory Board.
Guy is a Knight of the Order of Legion of Honour, French National Order of Merit and Academic Palms.
Vice président - Energy/Utilities Telecom/Media et Villes, IBM
En charge des Industries Energie-Utilities, Telecom, Cities Market et Président de la commission de la ville au Syntec Numérique. Depuis plusieurs années Philippe Sajhau s’est passionné pour la thématique de la ville, ce qui l’a conduit à un rôle d’Adjoint au Maire sur les sujets de Transition Energétique et d’Innovation numérique. « La Ville rassemble tous les défis, mais aussi toutes les opportunités d’intelligence, de partage et de savoir de notre société. Il ne s’agit pas d’opposer l’Urbain à la campagne mais d’agir pour que les zones qui rassemblent le plus de population et vont continuer à en rassembler encore plus, deviennent plus agréables à vivre. Dans ce contexte la ‘Smart City’ est une ambition louable, et surtout pas un gadget technologique.
Directeur de la Prospective de l’innovation et du Medialab, France Télévisions
Eric Scherer was Director of Strategy for Agence France-Presse before becoming Director of Future Media at France Televisions.
For 25 years he has spent his career working for AFP, Reuters and AFX News in a wide range of functions spanning journalism, management, and business development, professor in strategy and new media, evangelist of the Internet in locations across the globe including Japan, North America and the UK. He blogs at meta-media.fr about his favourite subject: all aspects of the digital revolution and how media industries should adapt and surf the accelerating pace of change. He teaches Entrepreneurial Journalism, is a regular speaker at conferences in Europe.
Former Group President, Hertz International
Michel is the former Group President of Hertz International, the leading global car rental brand, where he was responsible for all of its wholly owned and franchise operations in 150 countries across all continents, outside North America.
Over his 38 year career in the constantly transforming car rental business, Michel has progressed through the organisation, holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management.
Most recently, Michel has been championing the « smart mobility » strategies for Hertz, working closely with start ups and incubators.
Since he moved on from Hertz in April 2019, Michel is now an Advisor and a Consultant focusing on Travel, Transportation and Smart Mobility.
He is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the GTTP (Global Travel and Tourism Partnership), a non for profit organisation that supports education programs enabling each year 700,000 students from 15 emerging countries to build careers in Travel and Tourism.
He is also an Ambassador for the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), and a Foreign Trade Advisor to the French Embassy in London.
Michel developed an early passion for travel, world cultures, and entrepreneurship, having lived in Morocco, France, Italy, and currently in London with his family.
He took a gap year at age 26 to « discover the world » and is an accomplished musician who loves travelling, sailing and mountaineering.