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// My professional experiences...

During my professional carrier, I always tried to work in international environments, focused on high technologies and innovation.

I have accumulated a broad experience of information and communication technologies, applied to many different sectors (consumer electronics, embedded electronics, IT systems, media, transportation, energy, ...).

I held various positions from researcher to top management.

// Present position

Since March 2013
Director France, EIT ICT Labs., Paris, France
I am managing the French operations of the EIT ICT Labs., one of the three KICs (Knowledge Information Communities) established by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technologies) established by the European Commission in 2008.
I hold an INRIA contract and I am 100% delegated to the EIT ICT Labs. France management.
The French operations of EIT ICT Labs. are located in Paris, hosted by INRIA in the Paris facilities, and has satellite offices in Rennes (hosted by Rennes 1 University) and Sophia-Antipolis (hosted by Campus SophiaTech).

To know more: EIT ICT Labs Paris.
// Past positions
Magneti Marelli  Fiat

September 2011 — February 2013
Director R&D, "Infotainment and Telematics", Magneti Marelli, Châtellerault, France.
Within the #2 R&D and production site of the group in Europe (the #1 is in Venaria, close to Turin in Italy). A 100% subsidiary of Magneti Marelli Holding, which belongs to Fiat Group.

In charge of the management of the products developments activities for the European customers, from hardware and software design up to pre-production.

Management (with an intermediate level of mid-managers) a team of 110 people composed of technical experts, architects, designers, developers and integrators.

Involved in business acquisition and after sales actions.

Responsible for the investments budget and the daily management of the department.

In charge of the "Crédit Impôt Recherche" (French tax incentive based on R&D activities), and the relation with transverse divisions like human resources and finance.
AWTCE  Toyota

September 2010 — July 2011
Director Advanced Developments, "Infotainment and Connected Services", AISIN AWTC Europe, Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium.
Within the European headquarter of AISIN AW, a TOYOTA group company,

I was in charge of advanced developments for the new navigation, infotainment, telematics and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) systems.

My team (12 members) was developing prototypes and proof of concepts in order to put in place the building blocks for the new products for the European and Asian markets.

I was also in charge of partnerships management, and IPR strategy.

March 2009 — June 2010
Director "New Business Creation", Hitachi Europe, Vélizy-Villacoublay, France.

Position at corporate level within the \group R&D" division of Hitachi Europe. My role is, for the sector of information technology and telecommunications, to establish new business from the group R&D results by:

  • defining the European business models allowing to exploit the group R&D results,
  • directing the group R&D activities in order to address the specificities of the European markets,
  • initiating and managing strategic partnerships with key industrial players in Europe.
I also represented the Hitachi group in the French Inter-ministerial Commission DETIC (Sustainable Development and Technologies of Information and Communication). The report was delivered to the ministers (Christine LAGARDE, minister of Economy, industry and labor, and Christian ESTROSI, minister in charge of Industry) on September 8, 2009 : http://www.minefe.gouv.fr/services/rap09/2009-CGIET-DETIC-rapp.pdf (in French).
March 2009 — June 2010
CTO ICT Laboratory, Hitachi Europe, Sophia-Antipolis, France.
In charge of technology for the European group research laboratory dedicated to information and communications technologies.

I remained linked to the laboratory that I managed before, guiding future research and promoting their results towards the marketing entities in Europe.

My role was especially to manage innovation, ensuring a match between the medium and long-term views (R&D), and short-term strategy concerns (Marketing).
March 2002 — February 2010
General Manager "ICT Laboratory", Hitachi Europe, Sophia-Antipolis, France.
Position at corporate level.

In charge of day-to-day management of the laboratory, including human resources. In charge of the R&D aspects of the relationships with academic and industrial partners in Europe and of the relationships with the European Commission.

Coordinator of European projects under FP5, FP6 and FP7. In charge of European ICT R&D and business strategy at corporate level and of relations with European and Japanese Hitachi business and R&D divisions. In charge of intellectual property management and valorization.

In charge the contractual aspects of the relationships with academic and industrial partners in Europe and business incubation.

On "List of Experts" in information technologies for the European Commission.

Staff managed: 15 persons of 7 different nationalities. Budget: 2MC/year.

March 2000 — February 2002
CIO, Médiamétrie, Levallois-Perret, France.
Médiamétrie is the French leader of media (TV, Radio, Internet) audience measurement.

I was in charge of the IT department management and strategic and prospective aspects of the IT related activities, the strategic developments and partnerships, and the intellectual property strategy.

Member of the Steering Committee (12 members) and of the Strategic Committee (9 members).

Set up of a project management methodology, a quality insurance process and ISO-9001 norm.

Staff managed: 40 persons. Budget: 6 M€/year.
Canon Research Centre France

September 1995 — February 2000
Project Director, Canon Research Center France, Rennes, France.
Within the European research laboratory of the group dedicated to ICT.

I arrived as a research engineer with the mission to apply arti cial intelligence and operational research technologies to mobile telecommunications networks. The project goal was to build an ad hoc network architecture based on IEEE 802.11 physical layer.

Shortly after I attended an intensive 3 weeks training at the headquarters of Canon Inc., Tokyo, on the strategy and the protection of intellectual and industrial property.

I then participated to the first marketing/"R&D group" brainstorming session in Europe to share experiences and marketing needs with potential solutions provided by R&D.

At the end of this session, over 100 project proposals were submitted and, after a number of selection steps, including technological and underlying marketing aspects, my project was chosen and received "group" funding.

This project, for which I have been leader at group level, aimed at developing intelligent devices management solutions and has resulted in more than 10 patents that have been incorporated into products on the market today.
Joint Research Center

September 1993 — August 1995
Deputy Project Leader, IPSC Institute - Joint Research Center - European Commission, Ispra, Italy.
The JRC, consisting of 5 sites (Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands), is the research laboratory of the European Commission. Italy hosts the main site, with 1500 researchers.

The Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is one of the seven institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Located in Ispra, Italy, the Institute provides scientific and technological support to European Union policies in different areas, including global stability and security, crisis management, maritime and fisheries policies and the protection of critical infrastructures. Moreover, the Institute performs statistics and information analysis for the evaluation of the effectiveness of policies and to enhance financial stability.

I obtained a grant for a 2 years post-doctoral fellowship under the Human Capital Mobility Program of the European Commission.

I was in charge of technical design and management of the development of an information system framework for the safety assessment of nuclear power plants. The framework was generalized to all kinds of industrial systems.

August 1993 — July 1992
Research Assistant, Free University of Brussels - IRIDIA Laboratory, Brussels, Belgium.
Within the IRIDIA laboratory, specialized in Artificial Intelligence, on the French speaking campus of the Free University of Brussels.

IRIDIA was created in 1985, and managed until 1999, by Pr. Philippe SMETS †, a very unique researcher.

I was in charge of technical aspects and management of a European Commission project aimed at designing a mathematical model for the management of disposal sites for nuclear waste.

I was in charge of the management of the computer resources and network architecture of the laboratory.