Stephan Brousse, Special Advisor in charge of very small enterprises and SMEs


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“We have to help our business leaders blossom.”

Stephan Brousse has no doubts about it and that has been his vested interest in the MEDEF for the last eight years as president of MEDEF 13 and then MEDEF PACA, which has changed the way he now runs his family-owned SME and he sets objectives for it that any large corporation would emulate. “When you rub elbows with senior management from a wide variety of sectors, you learn that large companies do not get big by accident. They have a much higher capacity than our SMEs to raise capital and attract the best talent. But it is not a foregone conclusion. By adopting some of their governance models and not being afraid to hire the best and pay them well, we can boost our growth and our economy.” Getting out of our shells, wanting to learn about others, being willing to venture overseas and invest in innovation – it all depends on the CEOs themselves, but they have to want it!

Soliciting comments

The former president of MEDEF PACA now dedicates all his time to running his company and has every intention of gathering these somewhat unorthodox entrepreneurs around Pierre Gattaz at the MEDEF headquarters by holding informal dinner meetings every two months for some conversation, straight talk and mutually beneficial exchanges. “It is imperative for the president of the MEDEF to hear feedback from the CEOs out there, not just from its immediate members, and they have to be given a chance to tell him how they perceive what the MEDEF is doing and the priorities they would like addressed.”
The goal is to benefit from real-life examples of the negotiations employers are in right now with both the government and labour/management. What if it turns out that the much awaited growth is as dependent on the CEOs themselves as the politicians in office? What a noble quest for the MEDEF.

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