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  • Article published in La Tribune on 7th July 2010: When the spirit of enterprise creates employment.
    Martine Liautaud
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    « I’ve got questions for all your answers » (Woody Allen)
    The idea that investment is the answer to the economic crisis is widespread. But the idea that investment is the only answer to the problem of renewing of the nation’s wealth means that we often fail to explore other answers.
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  • Article published in the June 2010 Newsletter of IFA (French Institute of Directors).
    Martine Liautaud
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    For women, the priority is to be visible. Martine Liautaud.

    We speak about challenge, when we should really be speaking about selection. In France, we find women not only at every level of corporate life, but also at every level of political life, in the very fabric of associations, throughout public institutions… Women are everywhere – but they are not easy to see. It is, in fact, a problem of visibility: the woman is hidden, and the observer’s field of vision is too narrow. [...]


  • Press Release: Companies: change, diversity and ethics.
    Martine Liautaud
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    Amongst all the disasters that afflict companies, and which provide a feeding frenzy for the media, management methods are often pinpointed as the main sources of failure. Over-work, stress and too much responsibility have so often been cited as the reasons for the epidemic of suicides among managers, which has recently affected major French groups, that there’s little more to add to this subject. [...]

    Link to press release on Figaro.fr: http://blog.lefigaro.fr/legales/2010/04/changement-diversite-et-ethique.html


  • American Chamber of Commerce in France Magazine, Spring 2010: Finance, Debt and Boards of Directors.
    Martine Liautaud
    image_dossier Recent statements by Lord Turner, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, are enough to send shivers down your spine. According to the City Regulator - and he knows what he's talking about - we have learned nothing from the financial crisis, which has shaken the world for almost three years now. [...]

  • Femmes Business Angels January 2010: Interview with Martine Liautaud, President of Liautaud & Cie.
    Martine Liautaud
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    Business Angel for the last 20 ans…I started investing at the beginning of the 90s with the purchase of the children’s toy brand Meccano ; this was parallel to my activity as an investment banker and advisor to major groups. Subsequently, I became a shareholder of the fine book publishing company Editions de La Martinière from the first year of its foundation. Over the last 20 years, I have taken stakes in a wide variety of sectors, take, for example, my latest investment, made in 2009, in the sector of photovoltaic equipment. [...]


  • Les Echos 12/31/2009: Women: Quotas are necessary in Boards of Directors.
    Martine Liautaud
    image_dossier As an entrepreneur, I firmly believe that women should play an equal role in company life. This was my idea when I set up Liautaud et Compagnie and decided that the Strategic Committee would be equally divided between men and women: three men and three women. The appointment of one of our non-executive directors, Nathalie Rachou, to the board of Société Générale a few years later, clearly confirmed our initial choice of her, a woman, as a member of our board. [...]