Pierre Louette

Orange Deputy CEO and President of Orange Digital Ventures

Pierre Louette was born in 1962, he is Deputy CEO in charge of the General Secretary, Orange Wholesale France, Group sourcing and supply chain, the Chrysalid operational efficiency program and of relations between Orange and Group content stakeholders.

Since September 2014, Pierre Louette has also been responsible for steering investment strategy in start-ups and for coordinating relationships within the digital ecosystem. He joined Orange in April 2010.

He has been involved in developing the Internet in France since 1996, in particular as Head of Connectworld, the leader in online communication, and then as Director of Europatweb, an investment fund launched by Bernard Arnault. Pierre Louette was CEO of Agence France-Presse from 2003 to 2005, followed by Chairman and CEO from 2005 to 2010.

He holds a degree in law and is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration.

Orange Digital Ventures, a lasting growth catalyst for innovation

Orange is building on its open innovation strategy with an “early stage” investment program in order to further expand its already active role in the global digital ecosystem.

Orange Digital Ventures continues a century-long history of innovations at France Telecom and Orange that changed forever the way we communicate.

With this program, we will of course finance the most talented and driven entrepreneurs. Orange Digital Ventures is a commitment to trust forward-thinking entrepreneurs, creative builders and all those who challenge popular opinion. It is also an acknowledgement that innovation has changed and that a small team of dedicated developers can challenge and shake established industries. “Software is eating the world” and no industry will be left untouched.

But innovation takes more than financial backing. Our commitment is first and foremost to stand by up-coming companies when they face challenges. We commit to prioritizing growth. We commit to unleashing the potential of the company we invest in through active scouting of potential synergies.

In turn, through these investments, Orange will get closer to companies that are agile at grasping and acting on the shifts in technology that are vital to the creation of tomorrow’s digital services.

I’m proud to lead this initiative that will bring together start-ups with Orange in a unique combination of talents dedicated to achieving lasting innovation that will shape the next decade of the digital revolution.

Pierre Louette

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière

Orange Senior Executive Innovation, Marketing & Technologies

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, born in 1968, has been member of the Orange Group Executive Committee and Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of the Innovation, Marketing and Technologies Division since March 1, 2014.

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière joined Orange in 1996 and has held various management positions: Senior Vice-President of International & Backbone Network Factory, Research & Development Director, Head of the Consumer Marketing Department of Orange France and Regional Director in charge of the technical and commercial services dedicated to B2B and B2C customers.

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière is a graduate of the École des Mines of Paris and of the École Normale Supérieure. She also holds a Doctorate in Quantum Chemistry from the University of Paris XI – Waterloo.

She is a member of various Boards, among which the GSM Association, Engie and Orange Romania.

Arnaud Castille

Head of M&A

Arnaud Castille was borned in 1972, he is Head of M&A at Orange SA

From July 2012 to August 2013 he was SVP-Strategy & Development Department at Vivendi SA.

He was previously Management Board Member and Director-Finance & Administration at Maroc Telecom Group. He started his career as an auditor at Ernst&Young.

He received his graduate degree from University Paris Dauphine and the IEP Certificate from INSEAD.

He is a member of the Board of Dailymotion and Everything Everywhere.