François Barrault has been appointed as the new chairman of the Institut de l'audiovisuel et des télécoms en Europe (Idate), one of Europe’s foremost think tanks covering the telecoms, internet and media industries.
Barrault succeeds Francis Lorentz, who has been the Institute’s chairman since 2000. He is currently the chairman and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, an investment and advisory firm in media and telecom technologies, renewable energy and publishing.
Headquartered in Montpellier, Idate brings together enterprises, local authorities and qualified experts, in addition to having a staff of some 50 specialists. The institute will hold its annual international conference DigiWorld Summit next week on 16-17 November. Some 1,300 people from 30 countries are expected to attend.