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A little later...

Head of the digital services and systems department

Matthieu Roger

Matthieu Roger

Class of 1998

Technology division - Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel - an independent administrative authority in charge of regulating the French audiovisual sector.

Career path

I started out lobbying the public authorities and audiovisual stakeholders for a trade syndicate in order to promote TNT in France. Then I went to Switzerland where I worked for a France Télécom subsidiary, deploying private networks and innovative services with enterprises. Back in France in 2005 and working in another subsidiary (Viacess), I kept track of the company's standardization and the prototyping of a solution to protect mobile television.

My team in the CSA is up to date on all the slightly "unusual" technical aspects, whether in terms of new technologies, services or projects. It specifically monitors the technical quality of audiovisual services in close collaboration with publishers, broadcasters and constructors. It also paves the way for future developments with the upcoming introduction of, say, interactive services and audio-description.

A few words of advice

  • Whatever your abilities, always remain humble and attentive and remember to put others in the limelight at least as much as yourself. It's the best way to get everyone to cooperate, to overcome obstacles and to gain a positive edge that will contribute considerably to the success of our projects. Speak less about "me" and say hello in the corridors!
  • There is always room for improvement: avoid the attitude that says "that's not my job" and remember, whenever you come across a problem, there are only two options: you can either be part of the problem or part of the solution!

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Head of the Sales & Marketing department

Quitterie Marque

Quitterie Marque

Class of 2002

Moleac, Singapore.

MSc UC Berkeley, Management of Technology Certificate HAAS Business School.

Career path

Different outsourcing positions with IBM Global Services over five years: Offering manager, Account Manager and Engagement Manager. Starting out in a small company enabled me to have a structured grasp of its operating problems (organization, communication, worker motivation) and to avail of the support and training for young people with potential.

Then I wanted to shift to the biotechnologies and pharmaceutics sector and I got an opportunity with a bio-pharma company in Singapore, Moleac. I do similar work with responsibilities in terms of business development, sales and marketing, but in a very different context and culture!

Advice

  • Network as much as possible both internally and externally! It's a powerful tool for managing your career. But in order for it to be effective, you have to cultivate it before you need it.
  • In so far as possible, gain experience at an international level. This is a must for all big companies: 3rd year abroad, VIE, internal transfer, all these options are good!
  • Develop your "soft skills" early on: communication, public presentation, self-knowledge, leadership. They make all the difference when you find yourself among others who are all experts in their field.

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Entrepreneur

Nicolas Demassieux

Nicolas Demassieux

Class of 1983

Career path

I began my career by… staying at school ! Teacher-researcher, professor, then head of the Electronics department, I was there in the heady days of the race to digitization (telecom, video) and played a role – in cooperation with industry – in developing the first digital image coding circuits (MPEG).

In 1997 I joined Motorola to create and develop in France the largest research center outside the USA. I became the director of research for Europe and then for the world and was appointed one of the nine Motorola Fellows. I also became President of Motorola France in 2008. During the second part of my career, I was part of the exciting adventure of the development of mobile telephony and Internet, from the first GSM networks to the development by my teams of prototypes and 4th-generation standards. I left Motorola mid-2009 and am currently building the third part of my career adventure with a project to create a start-up that will democratize access to the data available through the Internet.

Advice

  • Be familiar with your own motivation and be passionate about what you do.
  • Don't hesitate to be "different" and innovative (in your career path, in your skills).
  • Be open to and always develop new skills (technical skills, but also human skills so essential).

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General Manager

Isabelle Roux-Buisson

Isabelle Roux-Buisson

Class of 1978

GM for Southern Europe - Arrow Electronics, world's leading distributor of electronic components

Career path

  • MS Electrical Engineering California Institute of Technology (1979)
  • MBA Harvard Business School (1981)
  • Many operational and staff positions in different business units in France and abroad, in two IT and electronics multinationals (Hewlett-Packard and Arrow Electronics): product manager, sales engineer, commercial manager for France, marketing manager for the Americas, then Europe, European director general for divisions.
    Arrow Southern Europe represents a turnover of about US$1 billion and 1000 people.

Advice

  • Practise mobility (academic, geographic, operational), keep an open mind and use teamwork.
  • Give priority to human aspects: know how to choose the right men and women, respect them, reward them, and help them to evolve. It's the only way to win!
  • "Cultivate your garden": managers are like top-level athletes, they have to invest continuously in their personal development.
  • Be daring: observe the market, anticipate trends and opportunities, know how to question your habits and take risks.

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