Christian Girardeau

Vice President Electric Vehicle @ Schneider Electric

Chris, Vice President Electric Vehicle, has been with SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, a global specialist in energy management with operations in over 100 countries, since 2012. Before Joining SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, from 1995 onwards, working with Venture funds, Chris was CEO & Chairman of start-ups in various areas from Road Traffic Management, Video Surveillance, Telecom, Electronics, Software and Semiconductors. As an entrepreneur, he founded an internet Operator in Africa and led a few turnarounds both in US, Switzerland and France. He participated in IPOs and in strategic sales. Previously, Partner with THALES Venture, he was in charge of the liaison R&D programs with MIT and STANFORD. He also had a few assignments in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Processes, Marketing and Sales, all in High Tech industries, in Japan, Spain and France. Chris is also Board member of AVENI, a company specialized in high yield chemical Nanotechnology processes and Chairman of STOINET, a Wireless Internet Provider in Africa. Chris graduated from WHARTON (MBA) in 87 and from ParisTech / Ensta (Marine Engineering) in 84.