Pierre Gattaz took office as President of BusinessEurope. CEO of Radiall and former President of the French business and employer federation MEDEF, he is succeeding Emma Marcegaglia. Two of his top priorities will be to increase employment and growth across Europe and to fight against protectionism. Commenting on the latest developments in international trade.
New BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: “In times of unilateral actions that undermine trade rules and the institutions that enforce them, Europe must show international leadership. We are very concerned about an escalation of measures and countermeasures that could turn into a full trade war. Open markets and rules-based trade are key to retain international leadership and support the competitiveness of European businesses.”
Talking about how Europe should respond he added: “The European Union should continue to protect its interests in line with WTO rules and power ahead with a positive trade agenda, concluding ambitious agreements with like-minded partners. By signing the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement next week we show how we can work together, opening markets and modernising trading rules that benefit both companies and citizens in the EU and in Japan.”
May 18, 2018
BusinessEurope: Pierre Gattaz to succeed Emma Marcegaglia as President
During its meeting in Sofia, the Council of Presidents of BusinessEurope unanimously elected Pierre Gattaz, current President of the French business federation MEDEF and CEO of Radiall, to succeed Emma Marcegaglia as President of BusinessEurope from July 5, 2018. He is elected for a period of two years, renewable once.
Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope, said: “I am delighted that Pierre Gattaz will succeed me on July 5, 2018. He is a successful entrepreneur and a convinced European. With his experience in a national member federation and in international fora such as the B7 and B20, he is the President that BusinessEurope needs in times of rising international tensions.”
Pierre Gattaz said: “I will do my utmost to fulfil the expectations of the 39-member federations of BusinessEurope. Taking up this important responsibility is an honour and a challenge. Emma Marcegaglia has set the bar very high and we are at a turning point in the global economic order. European business has to speak up. I am looking forward to contributing to increasing employment and growth across Europe and will fight protectionism with all my determination.”
Biography of Pierre Gattaz
Pierre Gattaz will become President of BusinessEurope on 5 July 2018. Until then, he holds the Presidency of BusinessEurope’s French member federation MEDEF.
A graduate of Telecom Bretagne (l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne) and holder of a Certificate in Administrative Management from the George Washington University (USA), he was a project engineer and export project manager at Dassault Electronics from 1984 to 1989.
From 1989 to 1992, he was Managing Director at Fontaine Electronics, then Convergie (a subsidiary of the Dynaction Group). Pierre Gattaz became Managing Director at Radiall in December 1992 and has been the Chairman of the Board since January 1994.
He was President of GIXEL (Professional Association for Electronic Components Systems, Digital Identity Industries) from 1999 to 2003, and then President and founder of the FIEN (Digital and Electronic Industries) from 2002 to 2007, before being elected President of the FIEEC (Federation of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Industries – 30 industrial unions) in 2007, when he also joined the Executive Committee of MEDEF (Movement of French Enterprises). From June 2010 to July 2013, he was also President of the GFI (Group of Industrial Federations – 17 industrial federations representing 80% of French industry) and a founding member of La Fabrique (the Industry’s Think Tank).
Pierre Gattaz is Knight of the French Legion of Honour and Officer of the Order of Merit.