Thierry Breton

Commissioner for Internal Market & Services, European Commission

Thierry Breton

Speaker Bio


Thierry Breton has most recently been chairman and CEO of the international information technology services company, Atos. He resigned from this position on 31 October 2019. Previously, he served as vice-chairman and CEO of Groupe Bull, chairman and CEO of Thomson-RCA, and chairman and CEO of France Télécom (now Orange).



From 2005 to 2007, Thierry Breton served as French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, before becoming a professor at Harvard Business School (2007–2008) where he taught leadership and corporate accountability.

Breton has been named one of ‘the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World’ (2010 and 2017) by the Harvard Business Review and was awarded the Montgelas Prize (2015) for outstanding action in favour of Franco-German cooperation. He was elected President of the French National Association for Research and Technology (2015) and a member of the French Academy of Technologies (2016).

Born in 1955, Breton received a Master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supelec), and graduated from the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN). He began his career in 1979 as a teacher of IT and mathematics at the Lycée Français de New York.

Thierry Breton is the author of several books about information technology and cyberspace, including the

novel Softwar – La Guerre douce, and also on economics and budgets (Antidette).