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Pierre-Etienne Franc

Pierre-Etienne Franc

Writer, Environmental and Energy Transition Innovator & Vice-President of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy (TO BE CONFIRMED)

An HEC Paris graduate, Pierre-Etienne Franc, author of “Le Management du Client”, Eyrolles, 1994; “Hydrogen: the Energy Transition in the making!”, Manifesto/Gallimard, 2015;  and “Entreprise & bien commun, la performance et la vertu”, Editions du Palio, 2017; is currently the Vice-President of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy, and the co-secretary of the Hydrogen Council.

Pierre-Etienne Franc joined the Air Liquide Group in 1995 as strategic analyst for the Group general management. He then became the Business Manager for energy markets (1997), Vice-president Strategy of the Venture Services Division (1999) and Vice-President in charge of the Metals Market (2001). From 2005 to 2008, he served as CEO and Business Director of Air Liquide Large Industry operations in Benelux and then became Growth Program Director of the corporate strategy plan “ALMA”.

Since June 2010, Pierre-Etienne Franc has been supervising a portfolio of advanced businesses and technologies initiatives, in the fields of energy and environment (including hydrogen energy activities), space, aeronautics, cryogenics, and ALIAD the venture capital arm created by the Group in 2013.

In 2016, he became Director of Advanced Markets and Technologies, a world business unit entirely dedicated to the development of these activities. Since 2017, Pierre-Etienne Franc is the Vice-President of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy, and the co-secretary of the Hydrogen Council.

He was elected in 2011 (and re elected in 2012 and 2014) at the Chairmanship of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the European Platform financing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector.


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