Home Page



Cyril Poidatz, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Before joining the Iliad Group in 1998, Cyril Poidatz had been working for Cap Gemini for ten years. In his role as Chief Financial Officer at Cap Gemini Italia for several years, he was mainly responsible for restructuring Cap Gemini's Italian divisions. Cyril Poidatz began his career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand.


Xavier Niel, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors & Chief Strategy Officer

Xavier Niel is the Iliad Group's majority shareholder and founder. He has been involved in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. In 1993, before dedicating himself full-time to developing the Group, he founded Worldnet, the first Internet service provider in France, which was sold to Kaptech (LDCom Group) in December 2000. He has been responsible for the Group's major strategic developments, from the launch of the ANNU service and the development of Internet access services based on France Télécom’s repayment scheme as a financial model to the launch of the Freebox project.


Maxime Lombardini, Chief Executive Officer

Maxime Lombardini is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the board of Iliad since 2007. Before joining Iliad, Maxime Lombardini use to work for the Bouygues Group. From 1989, he had been General Secretary of TPS (satellite TV), Head of business development for TF1 and Chief Executive Officer of TF1 Production. Maxime Lombardini is graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a Master's degree in business and tax law from Paris II University.


Thomas Reynaud, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Iliad, Thomas Reynaud was a Managing Director in Equity Capital Markets at Société Générale, responsible for the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector. He started his career at Société Générale, worked in both the Paris and New York offices, leading numerous transactions in connection with IPOs, privatisations and equity and debt offerings. In the last five years, Thomas Reynaud had worked closely with Iliad as an advisor, notably managing the Group’s IPO in 2004 and convertible bond issue in 2006. He joined the Group during the summer of 2007. Thomas Reynaud is a graduate of HEC and New York University.


Rani Assaf, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Rani Assaf is in charge of the Group's IP and Telecoms network, as well as the rollout of its DSL network. Since 1999, Rani Assaf has been involved in implementing the Group’s IP network infrastructures, as well as its interconnection with the incumbent operator on a Cisco SS7 platform. Rani Assaf is also one of the founders of the Freebox project. He joined the Group in 1999.


Antoine Levavasseur, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Antoine Levavasseur has a degree in engineering from the French engineering school, EFREI. He joined Iliad in 1999 as manager of Free’s system platform and servers. Since 1999, he has been involved in developing the information system for subscriber management and in operating and developing the email platforms, Web servers and applications used by subscribers.


Alexis Bidinot, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Alexis Bidinot is a graduate of ESCE and ESSEC business schools and Centrale Paris engineering school. He was the co-founder of the start-up Actradis.fr, a leading player in inter-business file sharing.
Over the past six years, Alexis worked for Worldline by Atos as a Key Account Manager and then Atos as Global Client Executive & Hospitality Global Sub-Market Leader, before taking up the position of Head of Atos Major Events, Switzerland, where he partnered the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee in its digital transformation process. He left Atos in 2017 to join the Iliad Group.


Angélique Gérard, Client Support Director

A graduate of INSEAD, Angélique Gérard joined Iliad in early 2000, after four years with the incumbent operator. At Iliad, she oversaw the call center growth and has participated in conceiving and developing all the helpdesk tools as well as the on-site subscriber’s support. In charge of 6000 employees , Angélique Gérard is also in charge of the the administrative and legal services dedicated to subscribers.


Patrick Fouquerière, Director of Supplier Relations

He is responsible for negotiating and supervising commercial relations with the group’s suppliers. Patrick Fouquerière started his career as commercial engineer for Belgacom France (1996), before joining GTS-Omnicom (1998-2000). In 2001, he joined Onetel as head of voice-related purchases and operator relations. After Onetel was taken over by Iliad in December 2001, Patrick Fouquerière took up responsibility for group relations with operators and local authorities for deploying optical fibre infrastructures.