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Executive 61916

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iCEO #61916

Position: COO/Managing Director

Nationality: France

Direct Contact Information (Premium iCEO)

Name: Frank Farnel
Phone: +33(0)631407704
Email: frank.farnel@insead.edu


I have developed a deep, local, regional and global experience in “market-shaping” that is: creating the relevant and favorable environments to optimize business growth. To deliver my results, I use a mix of lobbying, public/government/corporate affairs, communications, advocacy, crisis and reputation management.

Major Achievements

Throughout my expansive career, I have been responsible for developing and directing strategic Corporate affairs, marketing shaping and business development initiatives for leaders across the transportation, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, energy, tobacco, and automotive industries. I have advised C-level executives, members of Congress, and government officials on European, health, international and defense affairs, and served as Research Director for a D.C-based thinktank. I offer a rare skill set that provides the expertise to oversee all aspects of strategic planning, policy development, business development, and operations management. Please consider the following highlights of my qualifications and achievements: • As Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs, I have developed strategies and led initiatives for clients in across the health, energy, transport, environment, climate change, and political sectors in Europe, China, the Middle East, and Africa, built coalitions with international business and advocacy groups and global media organizations, and crafted PR and policy campaigns and programs that directly supported organizational initiatives. • I successfully managed international operations and drove business development in key emerging markets, overseeing communications, public and government affairs, advocacy, and investor relations across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and India. • Finely tuned communication and relationship building talents, with the proven ability to lead teams to achieve ambitious objectives in fast-paced, fluid environments; extensive formal education including degrees and certifications in law, management, foreign service, communications, and government relations.

Industry Sector Competencies

Transportation, Pharmaceuticals
Consulting, Government Affairs, Communications

Professional Objectives

Function: General Manager; Head of Departments and/or Business Units / Secretary general or Managing director Trade association
Sector: energy, oil and gas; biotec; pharma, automotive
Interim Manager: Yes
Permanent Position: Yes
Operational: Yes
Availability: Full time, part time, coaching on demand
Prefered Locations: France, UK, Belgium, switzerland,Singapore or USA

Additional Professional Interests

Operational coaching on demand
Non executive director assignments
Personal financial investment:150-350K USD

Countries Covered

South Africa (The Rep. of)

Operational Competencies

Technologies to market (Professional)
Business development (Expert)
Acquisition and shadow management (Expert)
New product or service launch (Professional)
Geographical expansion (Expert)
Company rescue or turnaround (Expert)
Close down or sell off (Expert)



Home Country



Full time
Part time
Coaching on demand


AMP INSEAD; MSFS, Georgetown University, licence droit, université de Paris


English, French, Italian

Management Experience

More than 15 years

Company Size

Start-up, SMB, Multinational

Interim Manager


Founder or Co-Founder


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Professional Matching

a timely professional matching process to identify and present the right international executives with relevant local expertise amongst our interim managers, executives, and executive investors.

Fast Selection

a unique cross-border reactivity with a first selection of international executives submitted to our clients in less than 10 days through an executive search amongst our executives and interim managers.

Contractual Flexibility

for any executive recruitment, the clients have the flexibility either to sign a few months interim management agreement or to hire directly our vetted executives for a permanent position.

Competitive Fees

100% success fees based on executive recruitment closing. A fixed recruitment fee specific by region and unique for any salary. No retained fees. No exclusivity.