Vincent Champain / COO France, General Electric, Co-chairman, Observatoire du long terme

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A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE ParisTech, Vincent Champain started his career as a civil servant in France’s Ministry of Finance, where he held different positions between 1996 and 2000. He was then appointed Economic Advisor to the Minister of Health and Employment. In 2002, he was recruited by France’s main electric utility, EDF, as a Partnership Director. In 2005 he became CFO and CIO & Economic Development for the City of Lille.

In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Minister at France’s Secretary of State for Foresight, Public Policies Evaluation and Digital. He created the Secretary of State (goals definition, staff recruitement, complex & multistakeholders projects execution). His main achievements were the creation of the Public Policies Evaluation Service (MEPP), the design and launch of 'France 2025' (a strategic audit of France, steered by a large commitee including Jacques Delors, several MPs, trade unions, and based on 350 top experts contributions), and the design of ‘France Numérique 2012,’ a presidential plan for the development of the digital Society in France.

In 2009 he was recruited by McKinsey where he directed performance management, cost reduction and growth/IT strategies projects for governments as well as private companies. He launched the European Public Procurement service line and coauthored several McKinsey Global Institute studies (European Growth & Renewal, Africa’s inclusive growth, France’s employment...)

In January 2012 he joined General Electric France as a COO. He has managed France operations (business reviews, France strategy... ), Business development, and GE representation within the AmCham policy commitee, TTIP and other government industrial initiatives.

Vincent Champain is a member of GE France’s Board of Directors and he chairs the French-American Chamber of Commerce Policy Commitee.

In parallel with his professional activity, Vincent Champain co-chairs Observatoire du long terme (Observatory of the long term), a think tank dedicated to stimulate debates on the long term. He is the author or coauthor of several books and reports, and he also published numerous articles and op-eds on issues such as competitiveness, prospective, employment and public policies.

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By Vincent Champain on ParisTech Review

Les engagements des Etats ne suffiront pas pour limiter le réchauffement à 2°C, et les contraintes juridiques sont faibles. Du point de vue des investisseurs, le fait principal est que la grande majorité des pays du monde viennent de marquer leur intention de faire plus contre le réchauffement climatique, c'est-à-dire d'augmenter le prix implicite futur des gaz à effet de serre, tout renforçant la crédibilité de cette augmentation et son caractère universel. Cette visibilité est la bienvenue, à un moment où apparaissent les signes d'un essoufflement de l'innovation en matière climatique.
Following the diplomatic success of the Paris agreement, we will need an economic success in the years to come. After the time of diplomacy, future advances now depend on firms and researchers. And it will not happen if the economic or legal signs are in conflict with the ambition of the agreement of December 12th.
Les entreprises industrielles évoluent aujourd'hui dans un environnement concurrentiel très dur. Comment les firmes maintiennent-elles et développent-elles leurs avantages compétitifs? Quelle politique industrielle peut les y aider?
Today, manufacturers operate in a harsh competitive environment. How can they maintain and develop their competitive edges? What kind of industrial policy can help them when facing this challenge?

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