I joined the AKKA Group in September 2008, leaving the automotive sector where I was a project manager a few months before the crisis in the sector in France, in order to become a railway Project Manager for Alstom. I arrived at AKKA during a period of full activity first on a digitization project and technological upgrade with the digitization on 2D plan base and creation of a 3D model for a renewal of the TGV range than on a new high-speed product innovating the “AGV” for the Italian customer NTV.
This is how I’ve reached the peak! Starting as a designer, supplier pilot, pilot for the application of modifications, and ending up as a technical pilot on the latest high-speed project for the new Avelia range. At the same time, I held the position of Alstom site manager on behalf of AKKA, starting with 10 people now 60 this year. This has allowed me to have a different view of our activities and above all to be the relay between the employees and our Agency, initially in Mérignac, then in Rochefort.
Tell me about your background and culture, where you took off and how it has evolved.
Since I was very young, I have been working with my father in vintage cars. He taught me rigor and precision. Then the “Institut Supérieur des Métiers de la Carrosserie”, opened my eyes to practice in a design office. Richard and Francois, “Les Patrons” were former employees of the Guyancourt techno center. In the beginning, we were just 40 young people leaving school and they taught us how to work and pushed us to move forward. That’s how I evolved from being a designer to a Project Manager and Architect.
What is the biggest challenge you have taken on in your professional/academic career?
There are several, but if I have to pick one, I would say becoming an Alstom site manager, developing the site activities for 60 people, and my last mission on the TGV2020 Grafton.
What interested you in AKKA?
The human aspect, the recognition, and the work that allows you to evolve according to the opportunities.
Tell me about your hobbies/interests.
The restoration of old cars, I love to buy a car in poor condition and make it work. It’s a marvelous sensation.