Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. At the end of 2010, France Telecom had sales of 45.503 billion euros (33,848 billion euros at September 30, 2011). At 30 September 2011, the Group had a total customer base of 221 million customers. These include more than 162 million mobile customers and 14,2 million broadband internet (ADSL) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
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.