Chief Operating Officer of Altice Group Chairman Of The Board, Numéricable-SFR Group
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Michel Combes is both Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Altice Group and Chairman of the Board of Numericable-SFR Group, with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. Before joining the Altice Group in September 2015, Mr. Combes was CEO of Alcatel Lucent from April 1, 2013, after spending four years at the global mobile communications operator Vodafone plc, where he was appointed CEO, Europe Region in October 2008, subsequently being appointed to the Vodafone board in June 2009.
Mr. Combes studied at the prestigious École Polytechnique in Paris and at the Parisian telecommunications institute École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications. He began his career in 1985 at France Telecom in the U.S. first in the External Networks Division and then in the Industrial and International Affairs Division.
After serving as a technical advisor to the French Minister of Transportation between 1991 and 1995, Mr. Combes became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeCast, from 1996 to 1999. In December 1999, Mr. Combes joined the French tour operator Nouvelles Frontières Group as Executive Vice President, before moving to the industrial engineering concern Assystem-Brime as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Combes returned to the France Telecom Group in January 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the company’s Group Strategic Committee, alongside Thierry Breton. He played an important part in the group’s recovery (the ‘15-15-15’ program, a key element of which was a Euro 15 billion debt reduction over three years). As head of strategy Mr. Combes ran the NExt plan, which enabled France Telecom’s transformation into an integrated operator. In 2006, Mr. Combes was appointed Chairman and CEO of the French national broadcasting operator, TDF Group.
In addition to his current positions, Mr. Combes is also non-executive board member of MTS and HDL Development.
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