Entrepreneurs & Dirigeants Chrétiens is an non-profit organization created in 1926 and comprised of 3,000 French Christian Leaders & Entrepreneurs today.
Its mission is to provide a space for its members to share and develop best practices in terms of staff and growth management.
Its members are mainly Founders/CEOs of startups, medium and large size companies, who have in common their Faith, the desire to grow their people, their company and inspire others.
YEDC is the Technology & Innovation Segments arm of Entrepreneurs & Dirigeants Chrétiens (EDC).
French Christian Tech Entrepreneurs
YEDC brings together French Christian Tech Entrepreneurs, leaders in Tech & Digital, and eager to learn and share best practices with members of the group and with members of the visiting companies;
Their common values: faith, a passion for innovation & growth, people development, learn & share, transparency, integrity, common good.
Jean-Marie Valentin (42), EDC Paris Managing Partner and co-founder of a tier-one French Business law firm.
Jean-Marie Valentin has developed a well-respected practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, Private Equity (LBO, Venture Capital, Management Package) the negotiation of complex contracts and industrial restructurings. Before joining the firm as one of its founders, Jean-Marie Valentin practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Gide Loyrette Nouel.
Sébastien Lenormand (39), EDC member and VP YEDC, Alphabet [Google] EMEA Account Director at Intel Corporation.
Manages the overall Intel & Alphabet [Google] Business Development, Sales, Marketing & Partnerships for Europe, Middle-East & Africa.
Previous Companies: Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, Bouygues Telecom
Education: MIT Sloan, London Business School, INSEAD
Claire Gomard (33), EDC member and VP YEDC, Milestone Investisseurs Investment Manager and Réseau Entreprendre 93 Administrator.
Investing EUR20-EUR50m majority equity stakes in France, Belgium and Switzerland in consumer goods, healthcare and business services.
Previous Companies: Ardian, SGCIB UK
Education: Master in Financial Engineering at EM Lyon, MBA at SELU (La., USA)
Father Edouard graduated from Ecole Centrale Lyon in 1995 and, after his military service, worked in Paris as computer engineer, EDF as consultant and then Thales Communications on defense projects. After 3 years of discernment, he entered Parisian priesthood seminary in September 2001. He was ordained as priest in June 2008, spent 4 years in Saint-Ferdinand-des-Ternes parish (Paris 17e) and arrived in Sainte-Clotilde (Paris 7e). Since 2012, he is vicar in this parish, and chaplain in Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin high school and Sainte-Clotilde primary school.
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