Laurent Blanchard is a renowned global executive with over 25 years of experience in the technology sector, particularly in Europe and North America. He has been recognized for his unwavering commitment to international collaboration and has worked on global projects throughout his career.
Laurent's professional journey began in Germany, where he spent his first eight years in the industry. He then went on to work in some of the world's most renowned technology companies such as IBM, Compaq, HP, and Cisco, where he honed his skills and gained a unique perspective on business dynamics. Additionally, he developed his expertise in the software industry during his time at Dassault Systems, where he held a worldwide professional services position while also overseeing EMEA operations.
During his time working in North America, Laurent gained a deep understanding of the region's business landscape, working on R&D centers on the east coast of the United States, but also in Austin and Houston, as well as in California for HP and Cisco.
Laurent has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ingenico and member of the Supervisory Board, effective April 3rd, 2023. He will be based in Paris but will spend meaningful time in Ingenico's largest markets, working closely with regional teams and customers to accelerate Ingenico's journey towards a solutions-oriented company.
Prior to joining Ingenico, Laurent served as the Chief Operating Officer of Cegid, where he successfully led the company's transformation to a cloud-based software business. Throughout his career, Laurent has been an avid advocate for sustainability and technology as a catalyst for business innovation.
His commitment to ecological issues has led him to publish a book titled "Sustainable Optimism: How New Technologies Are Already Changing the World" in 2010, which translates his ideas into action. As a member of the board of directors of B:bot in Green Tech, Laurent Blanchard's leadership continues to inspire and drive progress towards a better future.
Laurent's empathy, balance, and sincerity allow him to embody the new generation of leaders who are not only ambitious and determined but also remain true to their human qualities. His leadership and expertise are set to take Ingenico's Android AXIUM range of solutions, its Terminal-as-a-Service (TaaS) leadership, and its innovative cloud-based Payments-Platform-as-a-Service (PPaaS) strategic initiatives to the next level.