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Introducing ARCEP / The Institution

Chairman and College members biographies

Sébastien SORIANO, Chairman of ARCEP

Sébastien Soriano was appointed Chairman of ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) on 15th January 2015, for a six-year term. In December 2015, Sébastien Soriano was elected Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) for 2017. With this appointment come the significant responsibilities of the BEREC Vice-Chair, starting in 2016 and up to 2018.

Born in 1975, Sébastien Soriano is trained as an Engineer in Telecoms and graduated from École Polytechnique.

He has spent most of his career in competition and telecoms regulation. He started his career at the French Competition Authority (2001-2004) as a case handler and then returned as Deputy General Rapporteur from 2009 to 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at ARCEP as head of unit for mobile markets and then director of broadband market. In 2012, he was Head of cabinet of Fleur Pellerin, the then French Minister for SMEs, innovation and digital economy. Prior to his appointment as President of ARCEP, he was Special Advisor to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.

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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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Françoise BENHAMOU

Françoise Benhamou holds degrees in social sciences and economics.

- 1979-82: Professor of Social and Economic Sciences - Ecole normale supérieure de Saint Cloud (training college), François 1er secondary school;
- 1983-1991: Senior lecturer, Université de Paris X Nanterre, and Ecole normale supérieure de la rue d'Ulm;
- 1991-93: Technical advisor to the Minister of Culture, in charge of public reading policy, then Secretary-General of the Bibliothèque nationale des arts (National art library);
- 1993-2000: Senior lecturer, Université de Paris X Nanterre;
- 2001: University professor at the Université de Rouen, then at Université Paris 13;
- 2009-2010: Vice-president of the Université Paris 13; researcher at CEPN (Centre for economic research, Paris Nord) and at CRG (polytechnic).

François Benhamou also teaches at the school of Political Science in Paris, at the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (National media institute) and the Institut National du patrimoine (National heritage institute).

Other positions held
- Member of the Cercle des Economistes (economic think tank);
- Jury member for Investissements d'avenir (Investing in the future); Scientific and technical culture and equal opportunity;
- Chairwoman of the ACEI (Association for Cultural Economics International);
- Member of the Editorial committee, Esprit;
- Member of the Steering committee, Fondation Jean Jaurès;
- Member of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of the Louvre;
- Member of the Higher Council on Literary and Artistic Property;
- Member of the Advisory Board of the National heritage institute;
- Member of the Programme Advisory Committee for TV channel ARTE;
- Member of the Steering committee for the National Centre for Variety and Jazz;
- Member of the Cinema Expert Group, European Commission (DG Education and culture).

Françoise Benhamou is the author of numerous articles, books, chapters of books and reports on cultural, media and digital economics.

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Marie-Laure DENIS

- Graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (1988)
- Law degree (Paris X) (1989)
- École nationale d'administration (1990-1991)
- Special examiner for the Conseil d'État (1992), Master of petitions (1995)
- Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Mayor of Paris, responsible for culture, education, youth and sports (1995-1998)
- Lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (1999-2001)
- Vice-chairman of the magistrates recruitment panel (French National School for the judiciary) (1999, 2000, 2001)
- Director of Cabinet for the Minister responsible for family affairs; Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Minister of Health, Family Affairs and the Disabled (2002 - March 2004)
- Member of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (French audiovisual authority) (March 2004 - December 2010)

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Philippe DISTLER

Philippe Distler was born in February 1954, and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Télécom Paris as a member of the Corps of Engineers.

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 the No. 7 signalling system in France.

Philippe Distler joined ART as Director of the Technical Division. In 2000, he was named Director of the Interconnection and New Technologies Division.

He has also held various international positions in standardization bodies and is currently chairman of 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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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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Jacques STERN

Jacques Stern, born August 21 1949

Jacques Stern is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS, 1968). He was granted his PhD by the University of Paris 7 (1975), and he has been a professor at the University of Caen, next at the University of Paris 7, and finally, from 1993 to 2007, a professor at ENS and the Director of the Computer Science Laboratory, that he has founded in 1999.

Jacques Stern is an expert in computer and communications security and cryptography. He has made over 100 contributions to scientific journals and has published a book entitled "La science du secret" (The science of secrecy). He holds a dozen patents. His main work has been devoted to the security analysis of cryptographic algorithms, as well as to the design of cryptographic algorithms suitable for smart cards applications.

Jacques Stern, who counts amongst the handful of Fellows of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, has been a member of numerous editorial or scientific committees and the chairman of the CCS (Communications and Computer Security) ACM conference in 1996 and of the 1999 Eurocrypt conference. He was also the recipient of the Lazare Carnot Prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 2003, of the CNRS Gold Medal, the highest French National Scientific Award in 2006, and of the RSA Award in 2007. In 2008, he was awarded the "Science and Defence" prize by the French Ministry of Defence. Jacques Stern is an "Officier" of the "Légion d'honneur".

From 2007 to 2010, Jacques Stern has been Chairman of the Board of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), as well as Chairman of the Board of the company Ingenico, world supplier of transaction and secure payment solutions.

Early in 2010, Jacques Stern has left his positions both at ANR and at Ingenico and has joined the ministry of higher education and research as a senior advisor to minister Valérie Pécresse, a position that he has kept under minister Laurent Wauquiez.

In 2012, Jacques Stern has been appointed a member of the French National Regulatory Authority for Telecoms (ARCEP).

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