Paul-François Fournier has been Executive Vice President of the Orange Technocentre in charge of Product Marketing and Innovation for the Group since 1 February 2011.
His role at the Technocentre is to develop innovative products and services for both the consumer market and the small business market and to deploy them in the 35 countries in which the Orange Group is present. The Technocentre employs more than 420 people at 4 sites – Châtillon, London, Amman in Jordan and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire – who are developing and delivering the right products and services at the right time and making these innovations accessible to everyone. This international presence ensures a better understanding of the needs and cultural distinctiveness of each country, and thus more effective marketing.
In addition to his experience in the field of Internet services and partnerships (he was notably the architect of Orange's acquisition of Dailymotion), Paul-François Fournier has excellent hands-on knowledge of the marketing of innovation. He worked five years in broadband operations, getting ADSL offers off the ground in France, where they went from a few thousand customers in 2001 to 3 million customers by the end of 2004, and then in international operations as a member of the Wanadoo Group board of directors. He also headed up strategic projects such as the launch of the Livebox and voice over IP in France and subsequently internationally.
Paul-François Fournier, age 43, a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique - Télécom, joined the Group in 1994 as a customer applications engineer in the Enterprise France segment. After working for seven years on developing Enterprise services, he became ADSL project director in 2001, then director of the broadband business unit. In 2006, he was named director of Strategic Anticipation, a position he held for two years, before being appointed Group Director of Audience and Advertising in 2008.