Eric le gendre
Executive Advisor and Mentor
Corporate Development, Game Changer
Board Member, Networking specialist
Thirty years of Management and Business Development in International Environments.
Entrepreneur | Executive Director with 2 major Automotive Groups | Consultant since 2012.
Executive Advisory, Corporate & Business Development, Corporate Strategy, Disruption Strategy.
I'm French, based in Paris, and have worked internationally during 25 years, used to live for 9 years in 3 different foreign Countries (Germany, Switzerland and Spain). I speak fluently German and English.
I specialize in Executive Advisory, Corporate & Business Development, International Operations, Governance & Corporate Strategy, alternative Business Models and Disruption Strategy. I also created and developped a very strict and efficient operational Growth Audit method and Program, with proven fast Growth results.
After graduating (Master) from EDHEC Business School, and enjoying one year with the French Air Force and some months with UTA Airlines, I first entered PSA PEUGEOT Group in 1980 where I developed a strong experience through valuable positions both in France and internationally, either operationally or at the HQ level. All operational positions were in Sales and Marketing, while HQ positions were Strategy and CRM.
After 28 years, I began a new Entrepreneur life, when I founded and set up Garonne EcoSystemes in 2008 in Toulouse. We were a provider of Environmental Products & Services, including installation for individal's houses in SW-France. Our range of activities included water saving & treatment, solar energy and wind energy. Positionning was high quality, installations efficiency and high Customer satisfaction, with over 250 Customers.
In 2010, I was called at VOLKSWAGEN Group’s Spanish Brand SEAT in Barcelona, to take over the Export activities as Export Director. Steering over 70 Countries and having the P&L responsibility of these markets, I managed to ensure a 2 digits growth rate, and opened several Markets, among them China as well as some growth markets in Africa and the Middle-East.
Since September 2012, I’m an independent Consultant, Advisor and Mentor, as Associate Member with different Networks.
These highly professional Teams all around the World team-up accordingly with me to ensure with success my Clients's Missions Requirements.
Committed through different Involvements to Education (EDHEC Board, Mentoring, Teaching …), I’m also trying to help new Eco-Socio Landscapes and Eco-friendly Business Projects to emerge, in both Europe and Africa. Proven and seasoned Start-Ups facilitator, with self developped method.
Board Member Liberty Springs (Montmagny, QC, Canada) since February 2021.
Board Member and (Non Executive) Chairman of ICDP (2014-2017),
Board Member of EDHEC Alumnis Association (2013-2019)
Board Member VW-Group Sweden (2010-2012)
Board Member VW-Group Ireland (2010-2012)
EDHEC Business School (Master in Management, 1980),
HEC Executive Education (MBA | CRC, 1999),
EM Lyon (MOOC Effectuation, 2015)
APIA Member (APIA is an Independent Board Members Association).
APM, GERME and GLG Expert.
Networking expert : mentor, company and Execs advisor, teacher and conferencer, author "Jamais sans mon Réseau" (2018), author 'RETEA" , the very first fench game to learn and play to better network '2020), Networking mentor for individuals, companies or organizations.
Foreign Trade Counselor for the French Government (1999-2006), what earned me a National Medal of Merit in 2002.
Former CJD (1990-92) and CRA (2007) Member.
© Eric Le Gendre - Paris, France / 2012-2020