It is now only a formality. We know who will succeed Stephane Richard for the post of CEO of Orange: the candidacy of Christel Heydemann has just been accepted by the Elysée and Bercy, following which all that is missing is the stamp of the next Orange board of directors (to be held at the end of the week) to ratify the new CEO.
Christel Heydemann, the very likely future CEO of Orange
It is therefore a woman, Christel Heydemann, who will replace Stéphane Richard, the latter having announced his departure following his conviction on November 24 to a suspended one-year prison sentence and a fine of 50,000 euros for complicity in the misappropriation of property. public in the very complex Tapie case.
Christel Heydemann currently heads the European division of Schneider Electric and has sat on the Board of Directors of Orange since 2017. This 47-year-old polytechnician therefore had the ideal profile for the position, especially after the defection of Frank Boulben and the decisive choice of the State (23% shareholder of Orange), which rejected the other candidate, Ramon Fernandez (financial director of Orange). Stéphane Richard will take over with Christel Heydemann over the next few weeks.