Communiqué de presse

Jacques Douffiagues and Michel Feneyrol named members of ART

4 January 2001

By a decree dated 3 January, published today in the Journal Officiel, Michel Feneyrol, a general telecommunications engineer, was named a Member of Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (ART).

At the same time, by a decision dated 3 January, Christian Poncelet, President of the Senate, also named former Minister Jacques Douffiagues a Member of ART.

Michel Feneyrol and Jacques Douffiagues, named for a term of six years, are replacing Yvon Le Bars and Roger Chinaud respectively, whose non-renewable four-year terms had expired.

Jacques Douffiagues was born in January 1941. He is a Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) graduate, was named Conseiller maître at the Court of Auditors in 1978. He served as deputy of the Loiret département from 1978 to 1981, and again from 1986 to 1988. He was also Deputy Minister of transportation from 1986 to 1988. He acted as Councillor at Large of the Loiret département from 1979 to 1992, and served as mayor of the city of Orléans between 1980 and 1988, when he resigned. He then served as Chairman of Editions Techniques SA and Chairman of Juris Data until 1993. At the same time, he served as the President of the Syndicat de la presse économique, juridique et politique (1989-93) and Secretary General of the Fédération nationale de la presse d'information spécialisée (1992-93); he has served as chairman of the Fédération des Industries Ferroviaires since October 1996. Jacques Douffiagues has also served as a lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal since 1997.

Michel Feneyrol was born in May 1940. He is an Ecole Polytechnique graduate, and was named general telecommunications engineer in November 1985. He began his career at the Direction générale des télécommunications where he worked in R&D (at CNET from 1964 to 1968), economic studies and financial management (Economic programmes and studies department from 1968 to 1974), then in management in Parisian suburbs equipment (direction régionale de Paris extra-muros 1975-1979); in June 1979, he was named Regional Telecommunications Director, responsible for the Paris North West division. From 1984 to 1986, he was technical adviser to Louis Mexandeau, Minister of PTT. As the adviser to the Director General of Telecommunications, Marcel Roulet, from 1986 to 1990, he assisted in the reform of PTT and the transformation of France Telecom's status. Between 1990 and 1998, he was Director of CNET, the interministerial telecommunications research body. Michel Feneyrol is also a former President of the Société des Electriciens et Electroniciens and former President of the Association des Ingénieurs des Télécommunications.

ART Chairman Jean-Michel Hubert will officially welcome Jacques Douffiagues and Michel Feneyrol at the first meeting of the Board, to be held on Friday 5 January.

Jean-Michel Hubert, along with Dominique Roux and Christian Becle, ART Members, and the Director General and all employees, thank Roger Chinaud and Yvon Le Bars for the determining role they played in establishing ART's action in opening the telecommunications sector to competition.

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