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[10 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on JCDecaux bosses talk Vélib, bus shelters, bundling, and the digital revolution]

The two leading executives of JCDecaux, the global out-of-home (OOH) advertising company, held an on-the-record briefing at their Paris Headquarters for the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris.
The executives are sons of the founder: Jean-Francois Decaux, aged 59, is the Co-CEO and Jean-Charles Decaux, aged 49, is the President of the Board, and the Co- General Director,
Some topics covered:
On the mission of the company:

“Our content provides a better way of living for citizens in cities by giving them services for free to them [like bus shelters, public bathrooms, and other ‘street …

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[10 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on Macron is no revolutionary but has given France a much-need makeover, says telecom tycoon Xavier Niel]

President Emmanuel Macron has not revolutionised France but he has given the country a much-needed image makeover, telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel told the AAPA during a meeting on January 24.
Niel met with the association at Station F, a huge start-up incubator housed in a former railway depot near the Seine river which Macron inaugurated a month after coming to power last year. Station F’s manager Roxanne Varza was also present.
Speaking on the day that Macron took to the stage in Davos declaring “France is back”, Niel said: “France has not …

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[2 May 2016 | Comments Off on PSA’s Car-Racing Boss Tavares Meets the AAPA]

A dozen AAPA members now have a better grasp of CEO compensation, vehicle emissions standards, labor relations and how to pull a 200-year-old company from the brink of bankruptcy after meeting with Carlos Tavares, the fast-revving chief executive of Groupe PSA.
Speaking at a relaxed breakfast at PSA’s Paris headquarters, Mr. Tavares revealed that he had been motivated by other factors than money when he had accepted in 2014 to take the helm of a company that was nearly bankrupt and was being kept alive by transfusions of cash from shareholders …

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[1 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on AAPA Gets the Story behind France’s Unique Unicorn]

France has become a much more fertile ground for creating start-up companies, the youthful and dynamic head of French ride-sharing company BlaBlaCar told a group of 15 AAPA members on Oct. 9.
Speaking to us at a lively breakfast meeting at the BlaBla Bistro in his company’s Paris HQ, Frédéric Mazzella, explained how he got the idea for his company in 2003 when he noticed how few cars travelling inter-city had no occupants apart from the driver. From that seed has grown France’s only “unicorn”, defined as a company whose valuation …

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[11 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Telecoms, Publishing on the Menu as Free CEO Meets AAPA]

French entrepreneur and telecoms gadfly Xavier Niel had a lot to say about the France’s telecommunications and publishing sectors when he met with 17 AAPA members on June 2.
The off-the-record event was hosted by Mr. Niel at the Parisian headquarters of Iliad, the parent company of Free, a mobile phone company and internet provider that has challenged the hold of major French telecoms groups since it was founded in 1999.
Mr. Niel spent some time addressing the issues facing Le Monde, in which he has a one-third shareholding, and other media ventures …

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[20 Oct 2009 | Pas de commentaires]

As Joe Ray wrote recently about a subject dear to many of our hearts, they say it’s the worst wine crisis in France in 35 years…

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[16 Oct 2009 | Pas de commentaires]

When a flock of AAPA members and some guests flew down to Toulouse to meet senior executives at Europe’s commercial aircraft company…