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Francois Barrault takes helm at Idate

Friday 11 November 2011 | 09:47 CET | News
European media and telecoms think tank Idate has appointed Francois Barrault as chairman, succeeding Francis Lorentz who is stepping down after 11 years in the post. Idate is headquartered in Montpellier, France, where 50 specialists work, and operates as an association whose members are enterprises, local authorities and experts. Barrault is currently the Chairman and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, an investment and advisory firm in media and telecom technologies, renewable energy and publishing. François began his career at IBM as a researcher in robotics and artificial intelligence before going on to create a series of companies. He was a top executive with the firms Ascend Communications, Computervision, Stratus and Astria before occupying senior positions at Lucent Technologies, where he was a corporate officer and international president of their mobile division and CEO of Lucent EMEA. Barrault then joined BT as president of BT International and later CEO of BT Global Services, and served on the BT group board of directors until the end of 2008.

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Companies: IDATE
Countries: Europe / France
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