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Executive Team


François Barrault - Chairman of the board

Francois started his career as a researcher in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence with IBM Corporation; then founded – and sold – several businesses. He then moved to senior positions in large global companies, in particular Lucent Technologies where he was President and CEO Lucent EMEA and then as International CEO and corporate officer ran all Lucent’s 38 acquisitions in the Internet sector.
He is chairman and founder of FDB Partners SPRL an investment and advisory firm in TMT, renewable energy and publishing.
He retired at the end of 2008 from the position of CEO of BT Global Services and as a BT Group PLC board member. In BT Global Services he created a world leader in Networked IT services comprising 37000 employees and operating in 176 countries, in 4 years acquiring 32 companies around the world. In parallel, he led BT Innovate, the advanced R&D and innovation team of BT group and in this role chaired and sponsored numerous initiatives with the most prestigious Universities in the world. Francois has been 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 world).
Francois is also active in lecturing worldwide, is a member of various boards of public and private companies, advisory boards, private investments funds and foundations around the world.

Yves Gassot - CEO

For more than fifteen years, Yves Gassot has been at the head of IDATE.
In this position, he has taken part in numerous studies of the various markets and the strategies being pursued in the telecommunications sector.
He is on the panel of several expert committees, including the Conseil Général des Technologies de l'Information and the Advisory Committee of the PTC, he is special adviser of the European Commissioner of the Information Society, he serves as director of the revue "Communications & Strategies" and is scientific head of the annual International Conference of IDATE. With a background as DPLG architect, he is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies, Paris (3rd Cycle).

Gilles Fontaine - Deputy Managing CEO, Director of Content Business Unit

Gilles Fontaine is IDATE’s Deputy CEO in charge of Consulting & Research. He was previously in charge of IDATE Business Unit dedicated to media and new media.
During its 20 years experience in the Media sector, Gilles Fontaine has become an expert of the media economics and of the impact of Internet on content. He directed numerous studies for both public and private clients, including the EC, governments and local authorities, telcos and TV channels.
Recent assignments have included a participation in the future MEDIA programme ex-ante assessment, the analysis of new video internet services economics, a long term forecast exercice on the future of television. He has also monitored he impact of digitization and online distribution on other media, radio, press and music.
Mr. Fontaine holds a degree from the highly reputed French business school, HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, 1983) and from the Institut MultiMédias (1984). (3rd Cycle).

Jean-Dominique Séval - Deputy CEO

After obtaining a post-graduate degree from Université Paris IX-Dauphine (DEA in Management Sciences - 1986), Jean-Dominique spent more than 20 years in the consulting business with the firms PRECEPTA (Director of studies) and BIPE Conseil (Director of the Information Technologies Department) before joining IDATE as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Responsible for promoting IDATE’s expertise internationally, he is in charge of the Events & Communication team, as well as its publishing and conference-related activities. Economist found of NextGen Tech, he is the author of a prospective column – so called “It’s already 2025″ – published on the newsletter “Edition Multimedia” as well as on his blog.

Pierre-Michel Attali - Director of Development Business Unit

Pierre-Michel Attali has been with IDATE since 2000, and now heads the Development Business Unit
Hel assists local authorities (regions, cities and metropolitan areas) in their strategic decision-making process when planning IT deployments in their area, helping to draft broadband and ultra-broadband development plans. Before coming to IDATE, Pierre-Michel worked as an Information and Communication Technologies engineer, and in the creation and financing of innovative start-ups for the Languedoc-Roussillon’s Regional Department of Industry and its Research and Environment Department (DRIRE). He has also worked as an engineer for national energy company, EDF, in charge of overseeing the Vidéopole cable network’s construction and maintenance in the Hérault region, after having been responsible for the technical-economic feasibility study for cable in the region, on behalf of operator Vidéopole (since taken over by UPC).
Mr. Attali holds a Telecommunications Engineer degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (ENST-B).

Vincent Bonneau - Director of Internet Business Unit

Vincent Bonneau is a senior IDATE manager since 2004, in charge of issues relating to the IT and Internet services industries’ impact on the telecommunications market’s offers, consumption and business strategies. His assignments focus on technological and marketing innovations in these two industries.
Before coming to IDATE, Vincent worked as the “Internet Software and Technologies” attaché to the French Trade Commission (DREE) in San Francisco, in addition to having gained strategic operational and marketing experience working for Noos, Wanadoo and France Télécom in Paris.
Mr. Bonneau is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1997) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (2002), and holds a Masters Degree in New Technologies Management from the HEC business school (2002).

Roland Montagne - Director Market developpment

Roland Montagne has been with IDATE since 1998, and is in charge of the International market developpment. In recent years, Roland has managed several assignments focused on DSL, cable and wireless access network economics – exploring global issues such as bundled offers over DSL, and the economics of bitstream access and unbundling. Roland is also in charge of all of IDATE’s FTTx activities. In the area of satellite, he has conducted a variety of assignments devoted to satellite broadband access economics (AGORA) and to market opportunities for a satellite mobile TV offer (S-DMB).
Before joining IDATE, Roland achieved several developments in the area of digital radiocommunications and mobile services.
He worked for a year for AT&T as a Bell Labs research engineer in New Jersey, and has conducted a variety of research projects on optical networks (DWDM) and ATM technologies. Mr. Montagne has also attended several research training programmes on optical communications at CNET (France Telecom R&D).
Roland Montagne is a regular speaker in key events related to FTTH topics at an international level (FTTH Councils Europe, Asia Pacific and US, FTTH Forum and Digiworld Summit).

Didier Pouillot - Director of Telecom Economics Business Unit

Didier Pouillot has been with IDATE since April 1986, and worked as the Head of the Industrial Analysis Department, before taking over the Knowledge Management Department.
In this capacity, Didier coordinates all of IDATE’s knowledge sharing operations: documentation, databases, in-house thematic meetings… in addition to being the editor-in-chief of the annual DigiWorld report on the stakes and challenges of the digital economy, and of the Atlas Collection of market reports devoted to the telecommunications and media industries.
A specialist in telcos and telecom services markets, Didier also continues to contribute to a variety of research and study assignments on the sector’s regulatory, technological and industrial issues (ultra-broadband outlook, telecommunications investments and employment, European industry’s competitiveness…).
Before joining IDATE, Didier worked as a consultant for Paris firm, B.I.P.E. Mr. Pouillot holds a post-graduate degree from ESSEC (1982).


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