Jacques Bonifay

CEO, Transatel

Jacques Bonifay

Speaker Bio


Jacques is co-founder and President of Transatel. Since Transatel's creation in 2000, Jacques Bonifay has been the CEO of Transatel. He has managed several strategic changes to adapt to the difficult environment of the MVNO market. 22 years after its creation, Transatel continues to grow with more than €50M in revenues and high profitability. As Transatel has always promoted inclusion and diversity, the company has over 250 employees and no less than 40 different nationalities. In 2012, Jacques was elected President of MVNO Europe for the first time and has been re-elected every year since. Within this association which gathers the main European MVNOs, Jacques oversees lobbying initiatives towards the European Parliament, DG COMP and DG CONNECT. In addition and since 2009, Jacques is President of Alternative Télécom (formerly Alternative Mobile), the French association of alternative fixed and mobile operators. In this capacity, he defends the interests of alternative operators in front of the Government, Parliament, ARCEP and the Competition Authority. Jacques started his career with the Matra Group (now Airbus) as an engineer and then as a sales manager for space equipment and then decided to do an MBA at INSEAD. After his MBA, Jacques joined McKinsey & Company as a senior consultant. Jacques went back to the industry and headed the Strategy & Business Development activity of Alcatel's Professional & Consumer division. In 2000, Jacques decided to become an entrepreneur by creating Transatel with Bertrand Salomon. Between 2000 and 2007, they led several capital increases and several share buybacks between 2012 and 2016. In 2019, Jacques and Bertrand finalized the sale of Transatel to the Japanese group NTT. Jacques holds an MBA from INSEAD and an engineering degree from ENSERG/INPG in Grenoble (France).