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7 Questions with Lafarge
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: ANEVIA
Laurent Lafarge has a 35 years track record of leadership within the high-tech industry. At Hewlett-Packard, he was General Manager of Services and Support, then Managing Director of the Enterprise Computing Organization.
He was member of HP France Executive Committee and of the European Sales Management Committee.
Then, he was Vice-President Europe and Managing Director of Lucent Technologies France and Belgium, Global Account Executive World of Orange Group, and was overseeing Lucent activities in North Africa. He was a member of Lucent Technologies Europe Executive Committee and member of Lucent Technologies Inc World Senior Leadership Team.
He served as Chief Executive Officer of eServGlobal Limited, an international company listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market and on the Australian Securities Exchange. Prior to joining eServGlobal, he was Chief Operating Officer for Netcentrex Comverse.
Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Monaco Telecom, member of Monaco Telecom Executive Committee in charge of international activities, and member of Roshan TDCA LTD Supervisory Board.
He is CEO of Anevia a leading OTT and IPTV solutions provider for the delivery of live TV, streaming video, time-shifted TV and video on demand services. The company is listed on the Paris Euronext Growth market (ALNV). He is a non-Executive Director and Co-founder of Niji (a French consulting and integration company). He is French Foreign Trade Advisor (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France -CCE-).
Laurent Lafarge is a graduate of the ISG business school in France and completed the Executive Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a Master of Science in Finance of IHFI Paris.
Laurent Lafarge has been named by the French Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” in 2004.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Continuously adapt organisations, process, people, products, myself to a fast changing environment.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Promoted and prepared for such a role (trainings, executive educations, shadowing, part of top performers program...).
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Having a good breakfast during which I review my objectives of the day and agenda.
Staying stick to my agenda, being on time and always giving attention to sudden events requiring immediate actions especially when people are demanding!
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
People matter first!
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The four agreements: a personal guide to personal freedom.
No judgment against others , speaking with integrity and carefully choosing words when speaking to people whomever they are.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
By being accountable, taking responsibilities, giving the example.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
Leading by example always open the path for success, change and people / team engagement.