ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

40 years of Experience - 20 years in Innovation & Knowledge Management

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I can:

  • design, structure and run global Knowledge & Learning programs for large organizations

  • boost business performance of international teams through knowledge sharing and collaboration

  • rationalize R&D organizations by setting up competence centers and communities around key experts

  • run company programs to boost innovation / run spinoffs and startup companies in early stage

  • help manage international and cross-functional teams at the subsidiary, business unit or corporate level

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SENIOR EXPERT - KM OFFICE, FRAMATOME SAS

2017 - 2022

  • Co-designed the first major Knowledge Management program of Framatome as a deep cultural change program reporting to the Senior Executive VP of HR

  • Ran several key projects of the program: governance and urban planning of communities, taxonomy building, knowledge transfer initiatives, specialized knowledge bases.

  • The KM program of Framatome became a benchmark in the nuclear industry

VP EXPERTISE & INNOVATION MANAGEMENT – CORPORATE R&D – AREVA

2009-2015

  • Updated and implemented the Scientific & Technical expertise development policy of the AREVA group / ran two nomination campaigns (2013 & 2015) to elect the 1000+ AREVA experts

  • Co-created and organized the college of AREVA’s top experts as a think tank for top management - produced and managed the global college of experts of the AREVA group

  • Developed the AREVATech collaborative platform which includes AREVA’s Expert locator and the directory of official knowledge communities

  • Sponsored and supported the creation of 20 communities of practice in Science and Technology fields

  • Launched the first global innovation challenge, which resulted in the funding of four breakthrough innovation projects, the publication of two new patents and a major collaboration with EDF on digital transformation

  • Co-created 2 Fablabs

  • Piloted a new process for knowledge retention of departing experts

  • Provided consulting services to CGN in China to help them implement their expertise management practices

DIRECTOR - KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT - PWC ADVISORY FRANCE

2007- 2009

  • Designed and implemented the Knowledge Management organization of PwC Advisory France around 3 major databases: customer references, practice libraries, consultant profiles with a team of three people

  • Recovered three years of business history of the firm

  • Organized the "practices" of the consulting firm, with knowledge sharing events

  • Ran customer satisfaction surveys which resulted in innovative approaches

  • Lead the business development activities around knowledge management consulting

DIRECTOR – CORPORATE KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT - SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

2002 - 2007

  • Designed and implemented a global KM strategy focused on solution –selling and commercial efficiency. Obtained agreement and sponsorship of the CEO, Henri LACHMANN.

  • Produced and managed 4 global management seminars, of which the annual Sales Managers Forum (300 participants): 80 case studies, 40 booths, 4 keynote speakers. Participants’ Satisfaction index = 97%

  • Initiated, coached and/or built 30 international communities of practice to boost business performance of sales subsidiaries with global sharing of customer knowledge and good practices -  ROI > 200%

  • Main outcome : Sales increase of 10% to 25% in 18 months depending on countries and markets.

  • Schneider Electric was a global finalist of the MAKE Award (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise) in 2005

  • The program was stopped when Jean-Pascal TRICOIRE became the new CEO, and Lazlo MARKOTAN became my new boss.

GENERAL MANAGER - KNEXSIS LLC - BOSTON, MA

2000 - 2001

  • Founded and launched Knexsis, a web collaboration company. Developed proof of concept, closed initial sales, raised $1 M in angel funding and hired international staff in France and in the US.

  • Developed Kn-net™, a web-based enterprise collaboration platform - a.k.a. Enterprise Social Network - ahead of its time and implemented a successful pilot..

  • Ran Knexsis on a day-to-day basis : administration, finance, legal, HR, marketing & sales.

Previous Experience

  • Project Director - Schneider Automation R&D

  • VP Marketing & Strategy - Numerical Controls - NUM SA

  • Senior Strategy Consultant - High tech businesses - Stratorg / SRI International

  • Technical Office Manager - Prototyping of composite structures - Dassault Aviation

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