AviaMediaTech Advisory Board

Francois BLANC

Co-founder and Managing Director at Aerocom Ventures

Francois is an ex Mobile Telecom executive, and entrepreneur focusing on large business and consumer facing opportunities enabled by digital transformations. He lived and worked over 3 continents, and gained experience working at a small software company, a managing consulting firm, and at Orange, a large EMEA telecom giant group.

Over the last two years, together with a veteran of the aerospace industry, Francois has created and developed a business aiming at providing inflight internet connectivity to the 500M+ annual passengers of European Airlines. During this initiative, Francois has built a senior board of advisors and leadership team, and consolidated his relationships at C and Board level with tier-1 Telecoms, as he worked to build the business structure, and the ecosystem commercial and industrial partnerships.

Prior to this, Francois spent 7 years at Orange, in both operational/PnL oriented, and strategic/transformation roles. As such, he has a chance to build and lead teams responsible for launching large scale consumer marketing propositions, developing, or turning around eCommerce and Media/Advertising digital product lines across EMEA markets, and lately, creating a sustained market differentiation through excellence in customer experience, in a heavily multichannel environment (online, retail, contact centers, online, and outbound marketing).

During this time, he built as well a diverse network with peers involved in the digitization of their FTSE100 and CAC40 companies, benchmarking across a broad range of sectors (retail, banking, insurance, travel, …), and the start-ups community (as an angel investor and mentor in start-up accelerator programs) where most innovations are sparking from. He regularly advises CMO, CTO, and innovation directors on what this “digital transformation” really means for them.

Francois holds a M.S. in telecommunication from “Ecole des Mines d’Ales & ENST” (French “Grandes Ecoles”). He started his career with Valtech, a digital agency, as a software developer and WEB technology trainer.

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