"I was looking not for not particularly power." This was not my goal in life. My goal was to advance the whole of the French industrial fabric... "He does perhaps not seek it, but power came to him. Didier Lombard, sixty-four years, is currently Director of France Telecom, one of the largest French companies.
It was powered at the head of the operator on the day of its sixty-three years, replacing Thierry Breton, called to the Ministry of the economy. How it reacts when we learn that we are appointed to such a position "This surprise a little!" Above all, surprising, is the next day. Because, even when it was very close to the leader, which was my case, it does not account for what it is to have any weight on the shoulders... Once past the surprise is still exhilarating because, minute after minute, we realize that there is a real action on the world around you.
In addition to it had been at the heart of the strategy driven by his predecessor, Didier Lombard had the advantage of familiar home. This is where he began his career in 1967, superior out of the national school of telecommunications. Why this sector "At the time when I left, it was the sector engine technology and innovation." In my neurons, I am still very engineer.
He worked at the national Centre for the study of telecommunications (CNET) for more than fifteen years, before taking the helm in 1983. This will be his only experience of management of a team before being appointed CEO of France Telecom... "It was an interesting experience because it was researchers, what I call in my vocabulary"divas", because there was a special and Nobel quasi-prix, and those it does directs not exactly like everyone else..."
Before the "apotheosis" of his career with his appointment to the commands of France Telecom, Didier Lombard had also to his evidence under the eyes of the powerful. Spotted in 1989 by the Ministry of research, it rapidly integrates the industry as Director of the industrial strategies. This is that it work all the restructuring of the 1990s: Bull, Usinor and STMicroelectronics. He made a name in the political environment. An experience that will weigh, to the point where it will be necessary to choose a successor to Thierry Breton.
He had hitherto directed that 800 researchers of the national Centre for the study of telecommunications is found, in 2005, at the head of 200,000 employees worldwide. He entered suddenly, sixty years ago, in the circle of great patterns. "These are people that I like, because they are fully involved in the life of their company, its performance, its future, the social aspect..." Even with my competitors, against which I fight every day on the markets, it is completely on the same line as our involvement... And this, it is a race of quite exceptional men.
Former President of the French Agency for international investments (AFII), Didier Lombard is satisfied that the salary of a large pattern must be high: "It does not progress in a hexagon isolated from the rest." It must be consistent with the so-called international "benchmarks". Me, this is not what makes me run, but I think that will be difficult to have large companies with great leaders if we are not providing wages equivalent to what they will have on the world market.
Find the "selected comments" already appeared on and the entirety of the interview to 12 and 16 hours on BFM in "Saga of power" of Hedwige Chevrillon.