Biography of Pierre Gattaz

Chairman of the Board of Radiall, President of MEDEF.

Born on 11 September 1959, married, 4 children.

A graduate of Telecom Bretagne (l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne) and holder of a Certificate in Administrative Management from George Washington University (USA), he was a project engineer and export project manager at Dassault Electronics from 1984 to 1989.

From 1989 to 1992, he was the Managing Director of Fontaine Electronics, and then Convergie (a subsidiary of the Dynaction Group). Pierre Gattaz became the Managing Director of Radiall in December 1992 and has been the Chairman of the Board ever since January 1994.

He was President of GIXEL (Professional Association for Electronic Components Systems, Digital Identity Industries) from 1999 to 2003, and then President and founder of the FIEN (Digital and Electronic Industries) from 2002 to 2007, before being elected President of the FIEEC (Federation of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Industries – 30 industrial unions) in 2007, at which time he joined the Executive Committee of the MEDEF (Movement of French Enterprises). From June 2010 to July 2013, he has also been President of the GFI (Group of Industrial Federations - 17 industrial federations representing 80% of French industry) and a founding member of La Fabrique (the Industry’s Think Tank).

Pierre Gattaz was elected President of MEDEF on 3rd July 2013.

Pierre Gattaz is Knight of the French Legion of Honor and officer of the Order of Merit

Pierre Gattaz is the author of:

  • «Le Printemps des Magiciens» (Magicians’ Spring), an impassioned plea in support of industry in France («Nouveau Monde» publishing house / November 2009).
  • «Les 7 piliers de la Croissance» (The 7 Pillars of Growth) which presents an analysis, by a front-line entrepreneur, of the difficulties that our country faces. He also provides details of his vision of the economy, his suggestions and his beliefs in order to bring back growth, and therefore jobs («Nouveau Monde» publishing house / March 2013).

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