• Lunch with Bernard Liautaud, CEO, Business Objects

    May 29 2008, 12:30 - 12:30
    Location: Cercle de l’Union Interalliée – 33 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

    Join us for lunch to hear Bernard Liautaud, one of the most dynamic French business leaders, speak about his experiences founding and leading Business Objects, the world’s foremost business intelligence company.

    Business Objects, which merged with SAP in early 2008, pioneered business intelligence -- the use of an organization's disparate data to provide meaningful information and analysis to employees, customers, suppliers, and partners for more effective decision making. Business intelligence groups information, measures it, gives end users access to it, and shares information changes.  This takes the form of enterprise performance management (EPM), information delivery and information discovery (IDD), and enterprise information management (EIM).

    Mr. Liautaud cofounded Business Objects in 1990 and was chief executive officer until September 2005.  He took the company public on NASDAQ in September 1994, making it the first French software company listed in the United States.  He lead Business Objects through 12 successful years of growth and profitability, weathering the bursting of the tech bubble, and making the company one of the 25 largest software companies in the world.  His honors include:  Time Magazine Europe's Digital Top 25 of 2002, Business Week Europe Stars of Europe of 2002, “One of the Top 10 CEOs in North America” by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
    Prior to Business Objects, Liautaud served as marketing manager for Oracle in France. Previously he was the deputy science attaché for the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree in engineering from École Centrale and a master's degree in engineering management from Stanford University.”

    AmCham/FAF members: 80 euros - Guests: 90 euros