Arcep' College & directions

Director Biographies

Cécile Dubarry, Director-General

Cécile Dubarry has been appointed Director-General of Arcep. The appointment takes effect today. She is replacing Benoît Loutrel.

An engineer and graduate of the Ecole des Mines, Cécile Dubarry began her career in 1994 at the Directorate-General of Posts and Telecommunications then, from 1997 to 2002, at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

In 2002, she was named Deputy Director, then in 2005 department head, Assistant to the Director of the Media development department (DDM).

Since 2009, she has been the Head of the Digital economy department for the Ministry of the Economy and Finance’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DGE).

Clémentine Beaumont, Director of communications and partnerships department

A graduate of Sciences Po Grenoble with a Master of Political and Social communication from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Clémentine Beaumont began her career as an institutional communications consultant and later an account manager for a communications agency: she joined TBWA Corporate in 2007 before going to work for Empreinte Corporate in 2014.

In October 2015, Clémentine came to work for Arcep as head of partnerships in the Chairman’s office. On 1 July 2016, she was appointed Director of Communications and Partnerships.

Loïc Duflot, directeur Internet et utilisateurs

Ingénieur en chef des Mines, est docteur en informatique, diplômé de l’Ecole polytechnique et de Télécom ParisTech. Il débute sa carrière en 2003 en tant que chargé de mission à la Direction Centrale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (DCSSI). Il évolue ensuite au sein de l’agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI), où il occupera notamment le poste de sous-directeur Expertise. Depuis 2014, il était sous-directeur RéseauxRéseaux et usages numériques au sein de la Direction générale des entreprises (DGE).

Ancien expert technique en cybersécurité, Loïc Duflot est l’auteur de publications internationales sur l’informatique de confiance. Dans le cadre de ses missions à la direction générale des entreprises, il a également été impliqué dans la définition, la mise en œuvre et le soutien de nombreuses politiques publiques relatives à l’innovation ou à l’investissement : loi pour une République numérique, programme FranceNum destiné à soutenir la transformation numérique des entreprises, initiative French Tech, développement de l’intelligence artificielle, de l’internet des objets, de la blockchain, des réseaux de communication mobiles 5G, etc.

Sa nomination en tant que directeur Internet et utilisateurs de l’Arcep a pris effet le 1er août 2018.

Catherine Gallet-Rybak, general secretary

With a PhD in Economics from the École nationale des ponts et chaussées and a Master 2 in Public Management from Paris-Dauphine University in partnership with ENA, Catherine Gallet-Rybak began her career in the Strategy Department at La Poste, followed by three years as a marketing and financial analyst at Hewlett-Packard in the UK, before becoming a consultant at BIPE in 2002.

In 2004, she joined Arcep as the head of the Authorisations and Universal postal service unit, before going on to head up the General authorisation, Security and Numbering unit.

Since June 2015, Catherine has been the Deputy Director of the Human resources, Administrative and Financial affairs Department.

Anne Laurent, Director of Mobile and Innovation

A graduate of the École Polytechnique et de Telecom ParisTech, Chief Engineer and graduate of the École des Mines, Anne Laurent began her career in 2005 as "Telecoms and audiovisual regulation" policy officer for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, at the Directorate General for Enterprise. In this capacity, she contributed to securing the assignment of a portion of the frequencies freed up by the end of analogue TV broadcasting to telecoms, and oversaw the implementation of the first action plan to develop broadband. In 2008, she headed up a new team devoted to the uses of digital technology. She introduced new actions in support of innovative digital applications and start-ups, and drafted the government report on net neutrality.

In 2010, she joined the cabinet of Ms Kosciusko-Morizet, then Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, to oversee actions for the development of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, and to prepare for climate negotiations.

She re-joined the Directorate General for Enterprise in 2012, where she became Cabinet director for the Director-General, and later Deputy Director for Europe and International Affairs - thereby expanding her expertise to include all of the issues surrounding business competitiveness and innovation - before coming to join Arcep.

Anne Lenfant, Director of european and international affairs department

Anne Lenfant is a civil administrator. After beginning her career at DGPT (Directorate-General of Posts and Telecommunications), she took charge of the Fixed Operators Unit when ART was created in early 1997, until 2000.

She was responsible for the regulation of occupational health at the Ministry of Social Affairs, then for Community and International issues, before joining ART on 13 October 2003 to head the International Division.

Stéphane Lhermitte, Director of economy, markets and digital affairs department

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Ensae ParisTech and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Stéphane Lhermitte began his career in 2002 as a research officer at France's national statistics office, INSEE, before becoming a research officer at ARCEP in 2005. He later became Head of the Fixed market regulation unit, then head of the Mobile market unit.

In 2008, Stéphane joined the National Treasury where he was in charge of the Office of Financial research, before being appointed Head of the Economic Department of the French Embassy to Portugal.

On 1 September 2014, Stéphane Lhermitte will take up the position of ARCEP's Director of Economic affairs and forward planning.

Guillaume Mellier, Director of fibre, infrastructure and regional affairs department

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, and an engineer for bridges, waterways and forests, Guillaume Mellier began his career in 2005 as the head of the CETE de l'Ouest (now CEREMA) national support hub for digital regional development, in Nantes. Mr Mellier joined ARCEP in 2010 where he served, first, as the head of the Capacity and Fixed Telephony unit, and later as head of the Mobile Markets unit. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Fixed Access and Local Authority Relations Department.

Last June ARCEP Chair, Sébastien Soriano, charged Mr Mellier with leading a cross-department task force on the Internet of the Things which was identified as one of the Authority's 12 priorities for 2016 - 2017, as part of its strategic review.

Guillaume Mellier will continue to head up this task force, in addition to assuming his functions as Director. 

Guillaume Mellier, age 36, will take up the position of Director of ARCEP's Fixed Access and Local Authority Relations Department on 7 March 2016.

Elisabeth Suel, Director of the Legal Affairs Department

With a post-graduate degree (DEA) in public law, and specialising in regulatory economics, Elisabeth Suel began her career as a university teacher-researcher.

After having served as a law clerk at the Conseil d'Etat, and later a policy officer in the legal department of broadcasting authority, CSA, Ms Suel joined Arcep in 2011 as a policy officer in the Legal Affairs department.

She then went on to head up the "Mobile market and scarce resources" unit, before becoming head of the "Infrastructure and open networks" unit and Deputy director of the Legal Affairs department.

She has been serving as Acting Director since January 2017.