Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 157,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 200 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.
Stéphane Richard is born in 1961. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange since March 1, 2011.
He joined the Group in September 2009 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for French Operations on October 5, 2009. He became a corporate officer as Chief Executive Officer Delegate on January 1, 2010, and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Orange on March 1, 2010.
Between 1992 and 2003, Stéphane Richard was deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity. From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, and was a director of France Telecom-Orange during this period.
Between 2007 and 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment. He is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales and École Nationale d’Administration. Stéphane Richard is a French national.