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Introducing ARCEP / The Institution

Chairman and College members biographies

3rd April 2018

Sébastien SORIANO, Chairman of ARCEP

Sébastien Soriano is Chairman of Arcep, the French national regulatory authority for telecoms and posts (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes).

He is also Chairman of BEREC 2017. BEREC is the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, bringing together 39 regulatory authorities from EU Member States, candidate countries as well as EFTA members. He was Vice-Chairman of BEREC in 2016.

Born in 1975, Sébastien Soriano holds Master's degrees in Science from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and in Telecom Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, as well as a Bachelor of Public Administration from Sorbonne University in Paris.

He has spent most of his career in digital policies, competition and telecoms regulation areas. He started his career at the French Competition Authority, between 2001 and 2004, as a case handler and then as Deputy General Rapporteur, between 2009 and 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at Arcep, including Head of the Mobile market Unit and Director of Broadband market. From 2012 through 2014, he was Chief of Staff of Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, French Minister for SMEs, Innovation and Digital economy. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of Arcep, he was Special Advisor to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.

Sébastien Soriano published several papers on the challenges of regulators and law makers in the digital era. He also teaches regulation and digital economy in the Master's programme in Public Policy at SciencesPo School of Public Affairs in Paris.

Twitter : @sorianotech
Medium : medium.com/@sorianotech

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Serge Abiteboul

Director of Research in computer sciences at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and at Inria (the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics), Serge ABITEBOUL has a PhD from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate (thèse d'État) from the Université de Paris-Sud. His work on data, information and knowledge management - notably on the internet - and his theories on databases earned him membership in the Academy of Sciences in 2008, and in the Academy of Europe in 2011.

He is also a lecturer at the École Polytechnique and guest lecturer at Stanford and Oxford University. In 2011, he was appointed to the Collège de France Research Chair in computer and digital sciences. In 2013, he joined the French Digital Council, chaired by Benoît Thieulin, and that same year became President of the Scientific Advisory Board on the Information Society in France. He as been the chairman of the Fondation Blaise Pascal Strategic Council since 2017.

The author of numerous publications on data and algorithms, as well as a novelist, Serge ABITEBOUL is the editor and founder of Blog binaire. He was the curator of the Terra Data exhibition at the Cité des sciences in 2017 and 2018.

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Pierre-Jean BENGHOZI

Born on 28 April 1956, a graduate of the École Polytechnique, with a PhD and an HDR post-doctoral degree in economics from the Université Paris Dauphine, Pierre-Jean Benghozi, is a Director of Research at the CNRS, and a professor at the École Polytechnique. Until his appointment, Pierre-Jean headed up the Centre for Management and Economic Research, in addition to being in charge of the Innovation and Regulation in Digital Services Chair, which he also helped found. He has also been a lecturer at several leading universities in Paris and abroad.

Pierre-Jean Benghozi was a pioneer in developing a research team devoted to the digital enterprise and the digital economy, and to the content industry. His research focused in particular on the development and use of ICT in large organisations, the analysis of value chains and business models in e-commerce markets, particularly in creative industries. Pierre-Jean has published a number of articles and works on these matters, in both France and overseas.

Pierre-Jean BENGHOZI was appointed to the Order of Merit Knight rank under the Ministry of National Education (OJ of 16 May 2015)

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Joëlle Cottenye

Born in May 1967, Ms Joëlle Cottenye is Vice-President (UDI) of the Departmental Council of the Nord and Deputy mayor of Hem.

After having begun her career as a teacher of physical education and sport, and of psychomotricity, Joëlle Cottenye was elected Regional councillor for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais in 2010. In 2011, she resigned her office, in accordance with the law on the plurality of offices, to become General Councillor (UDI) du Nord, elected for the township of Lannoy and later the township of Templeuve. Since 2015, she has also been Vice-President of this departmental council, and responsible for education and secondary schools.

A graduate of the Lille institute of Political Science, Joëlle Cottenye is also Director of the
Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme (ESJ) of Lille and a member of the Réserve citoyenne, educational reserves.

On 16 February 2018, she was appointed to the Arcep Executive Board for a six-year term, by the President of the Senate, Mr Gérard Larcher. She is replacing university lecturer, Ms Françoise Benhamou, who was appointed in January 2012 and whose term of office has come to an end.

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Philippe DISTLER

Philippe Distler was born in February 1954, and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Télécom Paris.

From 1980 to 1996, he held various positions at Centre National d'Etudes des Télécommunications (CNET) in the field of networking, and participated in the introduction of Signalling System No. 7 in France.

Philippe Distler joined ART as Director of the Technical Division in 1997. In 2000, he became Director of the Interconnection and New Technologies Division. In october 2003 he was appointed directeor general.

He held various international positions in standardization bodies. He chaired Study Group 2 at the standardization sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Philippe Distler has been appointed as member of ARCEP, January 29, 2013 

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State Councillor, a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Paris, and with a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Economics, Monique LIEBERT-CHAMPAGNE is a graduate of the École nationale d'administration (Class of Henri-François d'Aguesseau).

Joining the Conseil d'Etat in 1982, Monique LIEBERT-CHAMPAGNE was in charge of overseeing tax case law in the resource library before becoming a Government tax commissioner. She was subsequently appointed Director or regional development for the Ile de France region in 1990, then deputy Director-General in 1996. Appointed State Councillor in 1998, she became a Litigation Section assessor and a member of the Finance Section. From 2003 to 2005, she served as director to the Ministry of State Reform, acting as the users' and administrative simplifications delegate.

From 2005 to 2007, she was the Director of Legal affairs, IT and logistics for France's Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure, Tourism and the Sea, later the Ministry of Energy, Sustainable development and the Sea, before becoming the Director of Legal Affairs for the Ministry of Defence from 2007 to 2012.

Before being appointed to the Arcep Board, she had been the Chair of Energy Regulation Commission's (CRE) Dispute settlement and sanctions committee (CoRDiS) since 2013: acting independently from the Board of Commissioners, this committee enables CRE to guarantee market players' transparent and non-discriminatory access to energy networks.

Monique LIEBERT-CHAMPAGNE has been appointed member of the Arcep Executive Board, starting on 4 January 2017.

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On 7 January 2015, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone, appointed Martine Lombard member of the ARCEP Executive Board.

Admitted to the ENA (graduate school for senior civil servants) in 1973, Martine Lombard chose instead to continue her legal studies in Strasbourg and at the European University Institute in Florence, obtaining her doctorate in public law, and later her "agrégation" to teach law (1979).

A professor at the universities of Lyon and later Strasbourg, she was hired by Air France in 1986 to be their Director of Legal Affairs, where she remained until 1993.

A professor at the Université de Paris Dauphine then Panthéon-Assas starting in 1997, a member of the Paris Bar Association, Martine Lombard is specialised in economic regulation, a topic on which she has published numerous articles and books. From 2009 until the end of 2010, she contributed her expertise in this area as a member of ARCEP's Forward planning committee.

In December 2010, the Speaker of France's National Assembly, Bernard Accoyer, nominated Martine Lombard to be a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, a position she occupied for four years, from January 2011 to January 2015. This appointment was approved in a vote by the Law Commission of the National Assembly.

Martine Lombard will replace Daniel-Georges Courtois whose term as Member of the ARCEP Executive Board is coming to an end.

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