Bio

Jean-Noël Tronc is Chief Executive Officer of Sacem, world's second largest music society for authors, song writers and publishers with 145 000 members from 163 nationalities, founded in 1850 and collecting 803,5 M€ revenues in 2012.

From 2011 to 2012 he was is an independent consultant working for clients in the telecommunications, media and IT industries.

From 2008 to 2010, he served as Chairman & CEO of Canal + Overseas (Canal + Group - Vivendi), with pay-tv operations in Poland, Vietnam, Western and Central Africa 27 countries, French West Indies, South Pacific and Indian Ocean territories. He was a member of the Management Board of Canal + Group.

With revenues above 800 M€ and EBITDA above 120 M€, 2,5 M customers and more than 1000 employees (2010), Canal+ Overseas activities cover all dimensions of pay-tv : channels edition & packaging, contents acquisition, programming, marketing & sales, customers management, IT, decoders & satellites operations.

Prior to joining Canal +, Jean-Noël Tronc has held a variety of positions within France Telecom Group, from 2002 to 2007. He joined Orange (France Telecom Group) in 2002 as Strategy and Brand Director. After becoming Chairman of the board of Orange Réunion in 2005, French Indian Ocean territory 2nd mobile operator, he became Chief Executive Officer of Orange France and a member of the Group Leadership Team of the France Telecom Group from 2006 to 2007.

With revenues above 9 000 M€ and EBITDA above 4 000 M€, 23,4 M customers  and 5 550 employees (2007), Orange France is France #1 mobile operator. At Orange, he contributed to GSM mobile license renewal for 20 years in 2003, introduction of Mobile Virtual Network Operators – MVNOs in 2004, launch of  3G and Edge mobile networks in 2005, mobile TV/DVB-H and mobile payment NFC trial tests in 2005, creation of Orange Care/mobile health and care services in 2005, Orange rebranding in France for Internet, IPTV and business services, and point of sales global retrofit in 2006 and B2C Wifi, Mobile PC and iPhone launch in 2007.

From 1997 to 2002, Jean-Noël Tronc was Senior Advisor to the french Prime Minister, in charge of Government policy for Information Technologies and the Internet. In this position, he played a key role to accelerate e-administration and e-education solutions within the french administration and to promote free access to public information, opening broadband commercial access to competition and liberalization of public regulation for IT. He supervised the launch of french administration web portal servicepublic.fr and legifrance.gouv.fr, one of world’s biggest law database. 

Jean-Noël Tronc also contributed to important international projects for the Internet and the Information Society. E.g., in 1998, together with President Clinton’s e-commerce Advisor, Ira Magaziner, and Dr Paul Twomey for Asia-Pacific Region, he acted as Europe’s representative and played a key role in the modernization of Internet top level domains management through the creation of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He was invited the same year as keynote guest speaker for the Internet Summit of the Internet Society by Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet. In 2000, he coordinated France contribution on the digital economy for European Union “Lisbon Agenda”, set up to establish a dynamic knowledge-based economy for 2010.

From 1995 to 1997 he served as an expert for the Prime Minister Center for Strategic Planning, in charge of IT and the Information Society, where he led works on utilities liberalization and contributed to the Telecom Act of 1996 and the creation of France Telecom independent regulator, ART (ARCEP). He published the 1996 public report on “Information Society Networks” underlying the need for telecommunications deregulation in France and pro-Internet policy. In 1997, he launched the first Government taskforce on e-government and the Internet, that established the need to ease access to public information and develop on-line services for the public and corporate services.

From 1993 to 1995 he served as a consultant for Andersen Consulting (Accenture), with various assignments in the telecommunications sector, mainly in mobile and satellite communication, working for clients such as US West, AT&T, Motorola (Iridium Satellite project), and France Telecom international, satellite and mobile operations.

While still a student, he served from 1987 to 1988 as Parliamentary Assistant on issues related to Industry and Defense and from 1989 to 1993 as Assistant to the Vice-president of the European Parliament Committee on Economic, Monetary and Industrial Affairs. He participated in the European Parliament works on the Maastricht European Treaty of 1992 and the creation of the Euro.

In 2007-2008, he was a member of the 40 members National Commission on Economic Growth, set up by France President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and head by Jacques Attali, to come up with propositions to improve the level of competitiveness of the French economy.

Jean-Noël Tronc is a member of the Board of the Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Foundation, established to provide support for the development of the humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization.

He is co-founder of Nonfiction.fr, an independent non-profit website launched in 2007 after the New York Review of Books model, that discusses current books and issues on literature, culture, social policy and current affairs in depth. Nonfiction has more than 800 regular contributors, journalists, experts and academics, among which philosopher Michael Walzer, former President Clinton’s advisers Benjamin Barber or Joseph Nye, founder of Harvard Center for European Studies Stanley Hoffman, Haaretz journalist Amira Haas or IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research Olivier Blanchard.


He graduated from ESSEC Business School (Paris) and Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris), a selective French university specializing in the humanities and social sciences.

Jean-Noël Tronc has taught at HEC Business School (Paris), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), French school for executive levels of government service.

Jean-Noël Tronc and his wife have three daughters.

He was born in 1967.