Paul Hermelin, Special Representative for Economic Relations with India
Born on 30th April, 1952, in Etterbeek, Belgium, Paul Hermelin grew up in Avignon, France.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique (class of ’72) and the French National School of Administration (ENA, class of ’78).
Paul Hermelin started his career at the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Budget - then under Jacques Delors - and went on to work at the Ministry of Research and Technology (1988-1991), when it was helmed by Hubert Curien.
In 1991, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the then Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr Dominique Strauss-Kahn, under the Bérégovoy government. He was entrusted with international trade relations and the industrial and finance sectors.
In the meantime, from 1989 to 2001, Mr Hermelin became active in politics at the local level with his tenure as municipal councillor. He currently holds this post, to which he was re-elected in 2008.
In 1993, he began a corporate career by joining the Capgemini Group. He was appointed Member of the Group’s Board of Directors in 1996 and, in parallel, held the post of Head of Capgemini - France.
Following the merger of Capgemini and Ernst & Young Consulting in May 2000, Mr Hermelin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Group. In 2002 he became Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Capgemini Group in 2012.
On 24th January 2013, he was appointed as the Special Representative for Economic Relations with India by Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs. His has been tasked with strengthening the economic relations between France and India given the exponential development of the Indo-French partnership.