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Philippe LEMOINE

Chairman of eLASER

Position on the date of his appointment to the Strategic Advisory Board on Information Technologies, 27 September 2004

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Co-Chairman of Galeries Lafayette and Chairman of Laser, Philippe Lemoine heads one of the largest French groups with more than 35,000 employees. At the same time he studies and analyses the economic and social transformations brought about by information technology. He endeavours to develop new forms of innovation and action geared to the issues of the new economy.

Before moving to the private sector, Philippe Lemoine pursued the same interest in the public sector, throwing a bridge between analysis and action.

A graduate from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (public service), a law graduate who successfully passed the competitive examination in civil law for outstanding students, holder of an advanced economics diploma, he started out as an engineering researcher at Institut National de Recherche Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA, national institute for IT and automation research) while continuing sociological studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the social sciences school.

In 1976, the Ministry of Industry (IT Taskforce) invited him to manage the Computerization of Society project. In this capacity he helped draft the Nora-Minc report. He subsequently joined the office of Mr Norbert Segard, then Minister of State for the Post Office and Telecommunications, and, after his death, the office of Mr Pierre Aigrain (for whom he produced a report on Technology and Society). He also headed the French delegation to the OECD's ICCP Committee meetings in 1976 and 1980.

In 1981, Philippe Lemoine was appointed Government Commissioner to the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL - National Data Protection and Privacy Commission). In 1982, he took charge of the Technology, Employment, Work programme and became Vice-Chairman of its National Committee under Laurent Fabius, Minister of Research.

In 1983, Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy commissioned him to draft a report on information technologies. He was also one of the rapporteurs of the Prospective 2005 report to the Commissariat Général du Plan, the French planning office.

In late 1984, Philippe Lemoine joined Galeries Lafayette, where he contributed to its growth and its reorganisation into four core businesses: Galeries Lafayette, Monoprix, BHV, Laser. In 1998, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the corporate Management Board.

In addition to his responsibilities at a group with traditional business lines, he continued his evaluation activities and remained active in the public debate on the information society. In January 2000, at the Prime Minister's proposal, he was appointed expert member of the CNIL. Philippe Lemoine is also a director of La Poste, Rexecode and the Franco-American Foundation. He is further co-manager of Gencod-EAN France and chairs the MEDEF (French business federation) working group on e-commerce.

Within the sphere of his activities at Galeries Lafayette, his focus on problems of the future prompted him to set up Laser, a provider of specialised services and technologies for e-commerce and consumer services whose mission is to promote innovations to support the Internet revolution.

In collaboration with other Paris-based groups, he set up Echangeur, a unique European centre whose mission is to maintain a technology watch and to analyse and provide training in the areas of the internet, e-commerce and new forms of trade (located at Parc Technologique du Marais in the Paris-district where Laser is headquartered). Encouraged by the success of its Paris site, an acknowledged "incubator of business strategies and a trailblazer for public debates", Echangeur has set up a network in partnership with other businesses and local authorities to promote innovation and intelligent practices on the internet among regional economic players. Echangeur was inaugurated on 4 December 2000.

Within this sphere, Philippe Lemoine also manages a series of publications, Cahiers Laser, designed to enrich and to help structure the debates on the issues arising from interaction between technology, trade and society.

In 2002, he launched a social debate on modernity, involving discussions and publications, with economic players, associations, politicians and intellectuals, intended to guide their understanding of ongoing changes, stakes, risks, hopes, resources and objectives.

Current positions: :

  • Chairman, Laser, Lafayette Services
  • Chairman and CEO, Cofinoga
  • Vice-Chairman of BHV's Supervisory Board
  • Director, Monoprix SA
  • Chairman and CEO, Banque Sygma
  • Chairman of the Echangeur Network


Philippe Lemoine has published many works including the following three under the pseudonym Jean-Philippe Faivret :

Les dégâts du progrès, (The Damage of Progress), in collaboration with J.L. Missika, D. Wolton and CFDT, Seuil, 1978

Le tertiaire éclaté, (A Scattered Service Sector), in collaboration with J.L. Missika, D. Wolton and CFDT, Seuil, 1980

L'illusion écologique, (The Ecological Illusion) in collaboration with J.L. Missika and D. Wolton, Seuil, 1981

He has further published :

Les enjeux culturels de l'informatisation, (Cultural Issues of Computerization) in collaboration with F. Gallouedec-Genuys, La Documentation Française, 1980

Les technologies de l'information enjeu stratégique pour la modernisation économique et sociale, (Information Technologies, a Strategic Issue for Economic and Social Modernisation), report to the Prime Minister (Pierre Mauroy), La Documentation Française,1983

Le commerce dans la société informatisée, (Trade in a Computerized Society), ICC report, Economica, 1993

Self-service mondial ou nouvelle économie de service ? (Global Self-Service or New Service Economy?) Cahier Laser no. 1, January 1998

Commerce électronique, marketing et libertés, (E-commerce, Marketing and Freedoms) Cahier Laser no. 2, June 1999

La Nouvelle économie et ses paradoxes, (The New Economy and its Paradoxes), Cahier Laser no. 3

1954-2004 - D'une modernité à l'autre, (From One Modernity to Another), Cahier Laser no. 4/5

Monstres et merveilles de la Modernité, (Monsters and Wonders of Modernity), Cahier Laser no. 6

Une nouvelle modernité ? Traitements de surface et exploration des profondeurs, (A New Form of Modernity? Surface Treatments and Exploration of the Deeps), Cahier Laser no. 7

Modernité 2004 : auditions publiques au Théâtre du Rond-Point, (Modernity in 2004: public encounters at the Rond-Point Theater), Cahier Laser no. 8