Bruno Le Maire wants a woman at the head of Orange to replace Stéphane Richard

Sentenced by justice, Stéphane Richard will have to leave his post at the head of Orange. And to replace him, Bruno Le Maire would like a woman (illustrative photo taken in Barcelona in April 2019).

ECONOMY – To replace Stéphane Richard, condemned by justice, Bruno Le Maire has his little idea. The Minister of the Economy in fact gives his preference to the appointment of a woman at the head of Orange, after having auditioned three candidates “with interesting profiles” including a woman, Christel Heydemann, his ministry told AFP this Wednesday January 12.

“With equal skills, the minister wants a woman to take over the management of Orange”, said this source to the ministry, specifying that if the State is a reference shareholder of Orange, “there is a process of recruitment and a board of directors which ultimately decides ”.

Three profiles selected

At the head of the incumbent operator since 2011 but convicted in November in the Tapie / Crédit Lyonnais affair, Stéphane Richard, who holds the positions of chairman and managing director, must leave his functions on January 31 at the latest, while his mandate ran until mid-2022.

Three profiles have been selected by Orange to succeed him: the group’s deputy managing director, Ramon Fernandez, the sales manager of the American operator Verizon, Frank Boulben, and the president of Schneider Electric France, Christel Heydemann.

“The minister wants more women to access governance positions in large companies,” said the ministry, while only one woman currently heads a CAC40 company in France, Engie Catherine McGregor’s general manager. From July 1, Estelle Brachlianoff will become CEO of Veolia.

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