Laurent Manach, CEO – EMC2

In 1991, graduate of the ENS for armament technologies, Laurent MANACH began his career as responsible for telecommunication studies in the V/UHF range for the surface ships of the French Navy at the DCN. After few years marked by important international projects to ensure interoperability between allied Navies, he chose to put his expertise at the service of the local economic development and incorporated, in 1995, the Delegation to the management of territory and to the regional action (DATAR). He then developed projects devoted to the enhancement of the innovation and the technologies through crossed development including industries and public laboratories based both on economic clusters theories and the studies on medium to long term French industry technologies. From 1999 to 2003, Laurent MANACH joined EDF Group, the energy company, to develop a full range of services to local authorities in France and in Europe to increase attractiveness and development of territories. In 2003, he was appointed Head of the EDF Japan office in Tokyo, and developed relationship with Japanese energy and nuclear companies, he also contributed as deputy director of the Invest in France Agency Asia office to the development of Asian companies operations in France. Thus, he worked with one of the main global automotive companies. In 2006, back in France, within the International Development Directorate of the DGA (Délégation Générale de l’Armement) he took the head of the Northern Asia office to support and control defence equipments exportations.
Laurent MANACH since early 2009 is the CEO of EMC2 located in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. EMC2, the French industrial cluster dedicated to advanced manufacturing technologies, promotes investment in innovation that will ensure the future of a strong French manufacturing sector, crucial component of an economic prosperity. Parallel to EMC2 cluster management, he led, between 2010 and 2011, the project for creating and developping the French Technological Research Institute focused on advanced manufacturing technologies : IRT Jules Verne. The latter came into being in 2012, and now, laurent Manach is one of the member of the board.