Summary

In my current position in Hitachi Europe, my role, at corporate level, is to bring R&D results into business reality. In my previous position, in Hitachi Europe, I was in charge of:

  • the day-to-day management of the laboratory.
  • the R&D and legal aspects of the relationships with academic and industrial partners in Europe.
  • the relationships with the European Commission.
  • the coordination of European projects under FP5, FP6 and FP7.
  • budget, human resources, R&D strategy and intellectual property management.
  • the relations with European and Japanese Hitachi business and R&D entities.

I participated to business incubation activities of the group in Europe. I was member of the Steerting Committee, the Scientific Council and the Assemble of Industrial Members of the Eurécom Institute (www.eurecom.fr). I am also on “List of Experts” in IT and Telecommunication Systems for the European Commission and the French ANR. I am also doing extensive trips to Japan, China and Europe. In my previous position, in Médiamétrie, 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.

I was Member of the Steering Committee (12 members) and of the Strategic Committee (9 members). I supervised 40 persons and was reponsible for a budget of 6 M€. My previous positions strengthened my technical skills in information technology, telecommunication, project management, ...

Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - Present

Director New Business Creation, European R&D Centre

Hitachi Europe Ltd.

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 specificity’s 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) launched jointly by the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment and the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Land Planning. The report was delivered to the ministers (Christine LAGARDE, minister of Economy, industry and labouri, 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).

Mar 2009 - Present

CTO, Information and Communication Technologies Laboratory

Hitachi Europe Ltd.

In charge of technology for the European group research laboratory dedicated to information and communications technologies. I remain linked to the laboratory that I led before, guiding future research and promoting their results towards the marketing entities in Europe. My role is especially to manage innovation, ensuring a match between the medium and long-term views (R&D), and short-term strategy concerns (Marketing).

Mar 2002 - Feb 2009

Laboratory Manager

Hitachi Europe Ltd.

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. 

Co-ordinator 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: 2M€/year.

Mar 2000 - Feb 2002

Chief Information Officer

Médiamétrie

Médiamétrie is the French leader of media (TV, Radio, Internet) audience measurement. In charge of the IT department management and strategic and prospective aspects of the IT related activities.

In charge of 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.

Sep 1995 - Feb 2000

Project Director

Canon Research France

I arrived as a research engineer with the mission to apply artificial intelligence and operations 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 in products on the market today.

Sep 1993 - Aug 1995

Assistant Project Leader

European Commission (Joint Research Center)

I held this position under the EC Human Capital Mobility Program and was JRC Research Fellow during this period.

The JRC, consisting of five sites (Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands), is the research laboratory of the European Commission. Italy hosts the main site, with 1500 researchers.

I was in charge of technical design and management of an information system framework for the safety assessment of nuclear power plants.

The framework was generalized to all kinds of industrial systems.

Jul 1992 - Aug 1993

Research Assistant

Free University of Brussels

In charge of technical aspects and management of a European Commission project aimed at defining a mathematical model for the management of disposal sites for nuclear waste.

Management of the computer resources and network architecture of the laboratory.

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Japanese

Spanish

Italian

English