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Cédric O (born 1982) is a French politician, currently serving as Secretary of State (junior minister) for the Digital Economy of France.

Cédric O
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Secretary of State for the Digital Sector
Assumed office
31 March 2019
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byMounir Mahjoubi
Personal details
Born (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 36)
L'Arbresle, France
NationalityFrench
Political partyLa République En Marche!
RelativesDelphine O (sister)
EducationLycée du Parc
Alma materHEC Paris

Early life and educationEdit

Cédric O, son of a French mother from Lyon and a Korean executive, was born on 18 December 1982 [1]. He is brother of Delphine O, member of the National Assembly for Paris's 16th constituency.[2]

After graduating from Lycée du Parc, he enrolled at HEC Paris, from which he received his diploma in 2006.[3]

Business careerEdit

In 2007, Cédric O started working as communications manager for the Operationelle corporation.[4] Between 2014 and 2017, he was project manager for the Safran aircraft & rocket engine manufacturing company.[3]

Political careerEdit

Along with future La République En Marche! cadres Ismaël Emelien and Benjamin Griveaux, as well as HEC alumni Stanislas Guerini, Cédric O participated in the campaign team of Dominique Strauss-Kahn for the 2006 French Socialist Party presidential primary.[5]

After serving as political adviser to finance minister Pierre Moscovici,[1], during the presidency of Socialist François Hollande, Cédric O was appointed treasurer of the La République En Marche! party in Emmanuel Macron's 2016–17 presidential campaign.[6] In November 2017, O assumed the duties of political advisor to Macron and prime minister Édouard Philippe.[6]

On 31 March 2019, he was appointed Parliamentary Undersecretary for the Digital Economy. In this capacity, he's invited tech CEOs to meet with the French president about the so-called “tech for good" project, as well as venture capitalists to Paris to promote to them the purported benefits of investing in the French "tech ecosystem."[7] Cédric O convinced Facebook to allow French regulators to investigate the company's moderation processes,[8][9] and also arranged a meeting between Macron and Mark Zuckerberg.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Braun, Elisa (2 April 2019). "Qui est Cédric O, le nouveau secrétaire d'État au numérique?" [Who is Cédric O, the new digital State secretary?]. Le Figaro (in French). Paris. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Pietralunga, Cédric (31 March 2019). "Cédric O, un proche conseiller d'Emmanuel Macron au secrétariat d'Etat au numérique" [Cédric O, a close consultant of Emmanuel Macron as Parliamentary Undersecretary for the digital economy]. Le Monde (in French). Paris. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Cédric O: Biographie". Government of France website. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ des Déserts, Sophie (27 April 2018). "Les hommes du président:La bande de copains qui a porté Macron à l'Élysée" [The president's men: The group of friends who brought Macron to the Élysée]. Vanity Fair, France (in French). Paris. Retrieved 3 April 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  5. ^ Hoarau, Leia (31 March 2019). "Remaniement : qui est Cédric O, remplaçant de Mounir Mahjoubi ?" [Rebooting: who is Cédric O, replacing Mounir Mahjoubi?]. RTL, Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  6. ^ a b Perreau, Charlie (1 April 2019). "Qui est Cédric O, le nouveau secrétaire d'Etat au Numérique ?" [Who is Cédric O, new Parliamentary Undersecretary for the Digital Economy?]. fr:Le Journal du Net (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ Rossignol, Aurélie; Lombart, Gaël (1 April 2019). "Cédric O, le nouveau « geek » du gouvernement" [Cédric O, the new government geek]. Les Echos (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Réguler internet ? Cédric O est "100% d'accord" avec Zuckerberg" [Regulate the internet? Cédric O is '100%' in agreement with Zuckerberg]. L'Express (in French). 1 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  9. ^ Dillet, Romain (3 April 2019). "How France's new digital minister plans to regulate tech". TechCrunch. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  10. ^ Rossignol, Aurélie; Lombart, Gaël (1 April 2019). "Remaniement : 5 choses à savoir sur Cédric O, nouveau secrétaire d'Etat au Numérique" [Reboot: 5 things to know about Cédric O, new state secretary for the digital economy]. Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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