Stéphane Richard, born in 1961, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange since March 1, 2011. Since January 2019, he also serves as Chair of GSMA Board. He was appointed as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in 2019.
He joined the Orange Group in September 2009 and has successively held the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French Operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. Between 1992 and 2003, Stéphane Richard was successively deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity.
From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environment and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a member of Orange’s board. From 2007 to 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment.
He is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration. He is a French national.