CEO Interviews

Eric Bompard wants to clothe Europe in the softness of cashmere

Eric Bompard has become a major, trusted brand in France over the last 30 years. Xavier Marie, the founder of Maisons du Monde (…)

3MN 05.11.2018 CEO Interviews

Altran's new goals on the world stage

The transformative acquisition of Aricent has made Altran the world leader in its industry. Altran CEO Dominique Cerutti explains how the two companies plan to win over new customers and gain market share.

3MN 18.06.2018 CEO Interviews

Italy is Apax Partners’ secret weapon

Apax Partners is starting a new stage in its European development, strengthening its presence in Italy, where the fund has been active since 2008. Here is a report on two of these Italian success stories with Marcel Patrignani, CEO of Altran Italy, and Bruno Musella, CEO of Telemar.

3MN 28.05.2018 CEO Interviews

Apax Partners supports Bip

Carlo Maria Capè, Nino Lo Bianco, Fabio Troiani, founders of the consulting firm Business Integration Partners (Bip), engage in a detailed discussion of their choice of Apax Partners as sparring partner to propel Bip into the bulge bracket.

3MN 28.05.2018 CEO Interviews

Digital, THOM Europe’s new showpiece

Since the 2013 launch of its e-commerce site histoiredor.com, THOM Europe has been working double time to advance its digital transformation and implement digital initiatives throughout its value chain. CEO Romain Peninque elaborates.

3MN 07.02.2018 CEO Interviews

[VIDEO] Working with a French investment fund

What is it like to work with a French investment fund? What are the principal strengths of Apax Partners? How can a multi-year relationship be summed up in a few words? Listen to what Erik Ceuppens, CEO of Marlink, and Ewald Draaijer, CEO of SK FireSafety Group had to say.

3MN 31.01.2018 CEO Interviews

Catherine Lespine et Bertrand Pivin, invités de BFM Business

Invités de l’émission L’entreprise BFM, diffusée le 15 décembre 2017 sur BFM Business, Catherine Lespine, PDG d’INSEEC U. et Bertrand Pivin, Associé Apax Partners, reviennent sur la relation entreprise-investisseur, et dévoilent leur stratégie pour faire d’INSEEC U. le modèle de l’enseignement supérieur de demain.

3MN 05.01.2018 CEO Interviews

[VIDEO] INSEEC U. aims to make its campuses multi-disciplinary centres of excellence

To respond to the new expectations of students and companies, Groupe INSEEC Universitas aims to make its campuses multi-disciplinary centres of excellence and invent tomorrow’s education model. Catherine Lespine, the group’s CEO, explains.

3MN 29.11.2017 CEO Interviews

[VIDÉO] CIPRÉS Assurances is an insurance “game changer”

Suppression de la sélection médicale, nouveaux critères de tarification, CIPRÉS Assurances sait parler aux TPE et aux TNS français. Laurent Ouazana, Président du Directoire, et Sylvie Langlois, Directrice Générale, dévoilent les ambitions de ce disrupteur de l’assurance.

3MN 28.09.2017 CEO Interviews

[VIDEO] Gfi Informatique: analysis of a successful transformation

With more than €1 billion in sales and an international presence, Gfi Informatique has become a regional leader. CEO Vincent Rouaix talks about his company’s transformation and the future challenges it faces.

3MN 07.07.2017 CEO Interviews

[vidéo] Melita’s strategy for making its mark in 4P 

Melita met les bouchées doubles pour s'imposer dans les offres 4P. Harald Rösch, son PDG, nous dévoile sa stratégie.

3MN 06.07.2017 CEO Interviews

THOM Europe’s strategy: expand internationally by acquisition, while preserving local brands

In 10 years, THOM Europe has become the European jewellery leader. Romain Peninque, CEO, lifts the veil on his acquisition strategy.

3MN 25.04.2017 CEO Interviews

The AFFLELOU method for international growth

With 1,500 stores, 34 countries with a mix of retail and wholesale activities, and a new store every two days, the AFFLELOU Group knows his way around international markets. Frédéric Poux, CEO, spoke to us about the group's winning strategy.

3MN 25.04.2017 CEO Interviews

Sale of Unilabs: a wrap-up from CEO Jos Lamers

Après 10 ans d’accompagnement, Apax Partners cède sa participation dans Unilabs, leader européen du diagnostic médical. Jos Lamers, son PDG, revient sur une stratégie de conquête qui a porté ses fruits.

3MN 13.02.2017 CEO Interviews

At INSEEC, education goes hand in hand with digitalisation

The Group's new Chief Operating Officer José Peran plans to use digital technologies to further enhance the quality of education.

3MN 24.01.2017 CEO Interviews

Thuasne, a 170-year-old SME, embraces digital technologies

Created in 1847, Thuasne is the French and European leader in wearable medical devices. At its head, Elizabeth Ducottet considers digital transformation an ongoing necessit

3MN 24.01.2017 CEO Interviews

[video] Novastep/Amplitude : the 3 reasons a startup + SME is a winning combination

Olivier Jallabert, CEO of Amplitude, explains why Amplitude has invested in the startup Novastep.

3MN 15.12.2016 CEO Interviews

LDR Medical – from Troyes to New York, A French success story

Among the French medtechs that have been incredibly successful abroad, you will find LDR Medical. One of its founders, Christophe Lavigne, divulges the secrets of his company's dazzling success.

3MN 15.12.2016 CEO Interviews

Marlink sets sail with digital services

Erik Ceuppens, CEO of Marlink, talks to us about his digital services platform that forms the basis of his value creation strategy.


3MN 30.09.2016 CEO Interviews

TEXA’s winning BtoB strategy for insurers

In its four years with Apax Partners, TEXA has become the leader in loss adjustment and services for insurance companies. As TEXA exits Apax Partners’ portfolio, Christophe Arrebolle, CEO, talks to us about the company's successful BtoB strategy.

3MN 30.09.2016 CEO Interviews

BtoB, a new growth driver for INSEEC

INSEEC, a French leader in higher education, is entering a new market – professional training. Catherine Lespine, its CEO, tells us why.

3MN 30.09.2016 CEO Interviews

Customer service & innovation: Melita invests in big data

Malta's leading telecoms operator plans to invest in data to improve its services. Melita's new CEO, Harald Roesch, discusses his strategy.

3MN 11.07.2016 CEO Interviews

Data storage & processing – InfoVista cooks up a “big data” storm

InfoVista has been processing data for more than 10 years. InfoVista’s CEO, Philippe Ozanian, shares his observations surrounding big data.

3MN 11.07.2016 CEO Interviews

Tomorrow’s car will run on big data

Is big data set to be your next car’s engine? Pascal Brier, Vice-President of Altran presents the car of the future.

3MN 11.07.2016 CEO Interviews

Infopro Digital’s CEO looks back on the partnership with Apax Partners

After more than eight years with Apax Partners, Infopro Digital has been sold to TowerBrook.

3MN 04.07.2016 CEO Interviews

Marlink’s new roadmap

From Marlink’s head office, CEO Erik Ceuppens describes his roadmap

3MN 20.06.2016 CEO Interviews

Heading for the sun with Sandaya

La stratégie de Sandaya pour attirer les touristes de France et de Navarre.

3MN 03.06.2016 CEO Interviews

[video] Two key measures for making Altran into the world leader in engineering and R&D services

Dominique Cerruti, Chairman & CEO of Altran, has announced his intention to turn the French company into the worldwide leader in engineering and R&D services. His two key measures for getting there.

3MN 23.05.2016 CEO Interviews

Mannai to acquire Gfi Informatique

The Mannai consortium is to acquire a 51% stake in Gfi Informatique. How did the success of the French IT services company wow the Qatari investment fund?

3MN 23.05.2016 CEO Interviews

Leveraging its IPO, Amplitude is out to make a mark in the medical world

Amplitude is stepping up its international growth and development, thanks to an IPO supported by Apax Partners The backstory to an IPO that turned a lot of heads … and hips.

3MN 23.05.2016 CEO Interviews

Cabovisão, ONI and Melita: Apax Partners strengthens its TMT pole

Apax Partners and Fortino Capital have recently taken control of telecoms operators Cabovisão (Portugal), ONI (Portugal) and Melita (Malta)

3MN 23.05.2016 CEO Interviews

Miguel Veiga Martins will challenge Portuguese operators with Cabovisão-ONI

The new CEO of this Portuguese telecom group took over on 9 May. He has a disruptive plan to shake up an ultra-competitive market.

3MN 23.05.2016 CEO Interviews

Malta converts to 4.5G with Melita

Apax Partners and Fortino Capital have invested in Melita, the leading Maltese cable operator. Harald Roesch, the company’s new CEO, intends to give Malta the best telecoms infrastructure in Europe.

3MN 23.05.2016 CEO Interviews

Apax Partners invests in InfoVista

Apax Partners has finalised the acquisition of InfoVista, a worldwide provider of network performance software solutions. We asked Philippe Ozanian, CEO of InfoVista, two questions:

1MN 13.05.2016 CEO Interviews

200,000 visitors per month: the online success story of AfflelouStore

In less than a year, AfflelouStore has become Europe's most visited online optical retail store. Frédéric Poux, Chairman of the Alain Afflelou Board, does not intend to stop there.

3MN 26.04.2016 CEO Interviews

The key to retail success at Maisons du Monde

What are the retail strategies of Maisons du Monde? For company founder Xavier Marie, everything now depends on cross-channel selling and data management.

3MN 26.04.2016 CEO Interviews

Concept stores and the shift to digitalisation: the new retail concept of Histoire d’Or

How is France's top jeweller adapting to the new challenges in retailing? With store refits and a shift into digitalisation, Eric Belmonte, Chairman of THOM Europe (which also includes the TrésOr and Marc Orian chains) is preparing for the future.

3MN 26.04.2016 CEO Interviews

LBOs, initial public offering and sale to Capgemini: the Prosodie saga

Former Chairman and CEO of the Prosodie group following its IPO and an LBO arranged in less than a month, Georges Croix recently co-founded Digital Dimension with the Econocom group. He revisits the shareholder strategies that lie at the root of his success.

3MN 26.04.2015 CEO Interviews

Build-ups: TEXA buys new business lines

By acquiring Eurisk on 1 October, TEXA moved up a gear in the French market for insurance expertise and services. This transaction is confirmation of the diversification strategy begun by the Group in 2009. Pierre-Antoine Lagé, Chairman of the Board, talks to us about TEXA's external growth strategy.

3MN 26.04.2015 CEO Interviews

Media & Acquisitions: the rise of Infopro Digital

L'Usine Nouvelle, LSA, Red On Line, Le Moniteur: as head of Infopro Digital, Christophe Czajka, has led around 30 acquisitions in less than 15 years.

3MN 26.04.2015 CEO Interviews

7 build-ups in 24 months: the secrets of Amplitude's internationalisation

Brazil, Japan, USA: Amplitude is conquering the world. While it has only just carried out its IPO, the French leader in prostheses is thinking big, very big. Olivier Jallabert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amplitude, talks to us about his international build-up strategy.

3MN 26.04.2015 CEO Interviews

Financial markets and the reference shareholder: Dominique Cerutti's strategy for transforming Altran

The new Chairman and CEO of Altran is going to radically transform the engineering and R&D businesses. In order to finance his strategy, he's relying on financial markets and

3MN 26.01.2015 CEO Interviews

A successful digital transformation for InfoPro Digital

Christophe Czajka is not a typical leader. As the founder and current CEO of InfoPro Digital, he reveals to Apax Talks how he is leading the digital transformation of his media group, which now numbers over 350 web developers and specialists, making it one of the largest French software development companies.

3MN 26.01.2015 CEO Interviews

TEXA is looking to digital services to build customer loyalty among insurers

In these lean budget times, many B2B service providers have had to do more for less money. The insurance sector is no exception to this rule. Rattled by newcomers who, like Google, aim to cut out the middleman in the sector, and by banks that are now incorporating insurance policies in their products, insurers are passing the pressure on to their suppliers.

3MN 26.01.2015 CEO Interviews

Singularity University: Ewald Draaijer's Californian immersion

What is the primary task of a leader during digital transformation? Assessing the scope of the new technologies in order to understand how they are likely to impact your business. Singularity University is famous throughout Silicon Valley for the programmes it offers to leaders and for making them aware of the revolutions that are underway.

3MN 26.01.2015 CEO Interviews

We have to be present in capital cities as they, rather than countries, are what determine students' choices

The CEO of the INSEEC Group, Catherine Lespine, welcomed us alongside her International Director Olivier Guillet to discuss the company's international growth.

3MN 26.11.2014 CEO Interviews

When we arrive in a new country, our big challenge lies in acquiring and obtaining value from our first customer

The Arc de Triomphe overlooks the Paris office of Anthony Dinis, who welcomes us to share his experience of international growth with Vocalcom, a software company he founded that specialises in customer relations.

3MN 26.11.2014 CEO Interviews

Amplitude's success abroad depends on its ability to offer alternatives to the American majors

For Olivier Jallabert, the founder and current CEO of orthopaedic implant specialist Amplitude, international growth is an opportunity to set his company apart from the major American laboratories.

3MN 26.11.2014 CEO Interviews

In a portfolio of more than 200 products, we identified a product range stacked chips that we believed to have true European potential

At 11 a.m. one Tuesday morning, barely off the plane from Madrid, Christophe Fenart - the charismatic CEO of Europe Snacks - talks to us about his experience of international growth.

3MN 26.11.2014 CEO Interviews
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