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Christel Heydemann named as first female CEO of telecoms group Orange

Randy Mancini 10 Jan 28
Logo of French telecom operator Orange in Levallois-Perret
FILE PHOTO: The logo of French telecom operator Orange is seen outside a store in Levallois-Perret near Paris, France, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

January 28, 2022

PARIS (Reuters) – Orange, France’s biggest telecoms operator, on Friday named Christel Heydemann as its new chief executive, making her the first woman to lead the former monopoly amid a revamp of its governance, Orange’s outgoing CEO tweeted on Friday.

Heydemann will move to Orange from French electric equipment group Schneider Electric.

The 47-year old Heydemann, a former graduate of France’s elite engineering school Polytechnique, will replace Stephane Richard at the helm of the state-controlled group after a court convicted him of complicity of misuse of public funds.

Richard, who has led Orange for the past 12 years, denies any wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta/Ingrid Melander)