A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Mines ParisTech, and Telecom ParisTech, Jean-Paul Cottet started his career in the nuclear industry, then worked for France Telecom/Orange as network operations director in Marseille. He has held a variety of management positions, including a position on the Paris executive management team, sales director for France and director of public tenders. He also worked as network operations director for France. He then moved into various positions on the group’s executive committee as general secretary, CIO, head of the international division and head of marketing for innovation and content activities. He currently works as a management consultant for new technologies.