Paris, 26 January 2011
By Order of the President of the Republic, dated 25 January 2011, Jérôme Coutant has been appointed to the ARCEP Executive Board, coming to replace Patrick Raude who is leaving the Authority.
Jérôme Coutant is a graduate of the Ecole supérieure de commerce de Paris. After having begun his carreer, in auditing, he joined the banking-insurance division of Hewlett-Packard in 1986, before becoming the director of Motorola's paging division in 1993 where he worked on developing paging solutions for the consumer market. In 1998 Mr. Coutant was appointed Director of Motorola's mobile arm and, in 2000, he became the co-founder and President of Printperso, an online printer which now operates under the name of Veoprint.
In 2002, he joined the Caisse des Dépôts which had just been commissioned by the State to assist in digital regional development, and was appointed head of this programme for the whole of south-western France.
In 2007, Mr. Coutant was chosen to head up the digital regional development cluster of the inter-ministerial land planning and regional action delegation, DATAR (Délégation interministérielle à l'aménagement du territoire et à l'attractivité régionale) and, in July 2009, was recruited to the cabinet by Michel Mercier, the Minister responsible for Rural affairs and regional development, as an adviser on public services and the digital economy.
The ARCEP Board is composed of seven members:
Jean-Ludovic Silicani (Chairman)
Marie-Laure Denis (appointed on 9 January)