Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (born November 3, 1975) is a Franco-Gabonese self-made entrepreneur[1],[2] and angel investor. A former journalist[3],[4], he is the Founder and Chairman of APO Group – the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East. Clients include governments, international institutions, high-level personalities, but also companies such as Facebook, Uber, Microsoft, Canon, the NBA, DHL, Hilton, Marriott, Accor Hotels, Western Union, Philips, Nestle, PwC, EY, McKinsey, Orange, Al Jazeera and many more. Partners include Bloomberg, Getty Images, the Web Summit, CNBC Africa, Africanews (subsidiary of Euronews) and more.

Nicolas Pompigne Mognard
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Nicolas Pompigne Mognard, founder, Chairman and 100% owner of APO Group
Born
Nicolas André Pompigne Mognard

(1975-11-03) 3 November 1975 (age 44)
NationalityFrench and Gabonese
OccupationFounder, chairman and 100% owner of APO Group, Angel investor
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)
Marie Noëlle Pompigne Mognard (m. 1999)
Children2 daughters, 1 son
Websitehttp://www.pompigne-mognard.fr

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is member of the Advisory Board of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) [5], the premier hotel investment conference in Africa. He is also member of the Advisor Board of the EurAfrican Forum, an action-oriented platform that aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa[6].

APO Group is the main Official Sponsor of World Rugby's African association, Rugby Africa[7][8][9], and Getty Images' strategic partner in Africa and the Middle East.[10] .

According to the American business magazine Forbes[11], APO Group has an annual turnover of several million dollars[12],[13],[14].

According to The Vanguard (Nigeria), APO Group has experienced a record growth of 60% in 2018[15].

Early lifeEdit

Nicolas grew up in Valence d'Agen (France), and attended the Institut Saint Christophe, a catholic boarding school and, subsequently, studied law at the Université de Lille.

CareerEdit

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard successively served as Deputy-Director of the French regional daily newspaper fr:Le Petit Journal, Director of FNSEA farmer's Union in Tarn-et-Garonne (France), parliamentary assistant at the French parliament (Assemblée nationale (France), foreign correspondent in Europe of Gabonese press agency, fr:Gabonews, and Special-Adviser to the President of the Panafrican Press Association in France (APPA), before he created APO Group in October 2007 from his living room (literally) with his €10.000 of savings.

In December 2018, he stepped down as CEO of APO Group and appointed Lionel Reina as CEO. Lionel Reina is the former CEO of the EEMEA region (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) for Orange Business Services, the B2B division of French telecoms company Orange S.A.. Reina has also served as Chairman of the Board of Orange Business Saudi Arabia, and Middle East Director in the Gulf region for Accenture.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is currently chairman and 100% owner of APO Group. According to the American business magazine Forbes[16], Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is focusing on delivering high-level counsel for APO Group clients and developing his own investment fund dedicated to Africa.

RugbyEdit

Born in the South West of France, in the small town of Valence d'Agen (5.000 inhabitants), located between Agen and Toulouse, two of the biggest rugby cities in France, and having three uncle playing rugby, Nicolas played rugby from age 8 to 21, successively in Valence d'Agen, St Christophe (Masseube), Auch, Valence d'Agen again, and finally Tarbes. Playing as hooker, he was preselected to compete during the Armagnac-Bigorre selection in Auch in 1989.

In November 2017, the company he owns, APO Group, became the Main Official Sponsor of World Rugby's African association, Rugby Africa, the governing body of rugby in Africa[17],[18].

In May 2018, Nicolas unveiled the Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy, also known as the Africa Cup[19][circular reference] – a Rugby World Cup qualifier – during the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Congress in Brussels[20][21], in the presence of Abdelaziz Bougja, President of Rugby Africa, Gianni Merlo, President of the International Sports Press Association, AIPS [Italian][22], and Mitchell Obi, President of AIPS Africa.

The back of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy has been engraved with the text "Presented by Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder of APO Group". It's estimated there is enough space for seventy (70) more winning teams' names to be engraved on the base of the perpetual trophy and that it will be used until – at least – the year 2080.

Since November 2019, the exact same text (Presented by Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder of APO Group) is also engraved on the front of the perpetual trophy of the Africa Men's Sevens, a qualifier for the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Olympic Rugby Sevens.

Personal lifeEdit

Pompigne-Mognard was born and raised in Valence d'Agen, France. He is married with three children and lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Gabonese Journalist Who Built A Multi-Million Dollar Media Relations Company Forbes - December 7, 2018
  2. ^ The founder of APO Group, one of the biggest media relations companies in Africa, shares his best advice for everyone who wants to build a media company Business Insider - February 6, 2019
  3. ^ APO founder talks about his meteoric media journey Bizcommunity - February 8, 2019
  4. ^ Unleashing Africa’s potential with Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard CNBC Africa - February 22, 2019
  5. ^ Africa Hotel Investment Forum Advisory Board Africa Hotel Investment Forum
  6. ^ EurAfrican Forum appoints Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard to its Advisory Board CNBC Africa - March 11, 2019
  7. ^ Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group and Abdelaziz Bougja, Chairman of World Rugby's African association, Rugby Africa during the signing ceremony of the agreement under which APO Group becomes the main Official Sponsor of Rugby Africa, at Royal Garden Hotel on November 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for APO Group). Getty Images. November 12, 2017
  8. ^ APO Group becomes the Official Partner of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa. CNBC Africa. November 12, 2017
  9. ^ Rugby Africa to continue groundbreaking partnership with APO Group africanews (euronews subsidiary) - March 1, 2019
  10. ^ "Getty Images and APO Group Announce Strategic Partnership". Global Banking & Finance Review. June 3, 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  11. ^ The Gabonese Journalist Who Built A Multi-Million Dollar Media Relations Company Forbes - December 7, 2018
  12. ^ “APO Group is perfectly positioned to facilitate strategic communication” Vanguard - February 5, 2019
  13. ^ How Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard built APO Group into a multi-million dollar firm and one of the most important media companies in Africa Business Insider - February 6, 2019
  14. ^ The journalist who built a big-ticket firm The EastAfrican - April 1, 2019
  15. ^ “APO Group is perfectly positioned to facilitate strategic communication” The Vanguard (Nigeria) - February 5, 2019
  16. ^ The Gabonese Journalist Who Built A Multi-Million Dollar Media Relations Company Forbes - December 7, 2018
  17. ^ Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group and Abdelaziz Bougja, Chairman of World Rugby's African association, Rugby Africa during the signing ceremony of the agreement under which APO Group becomes the main Official Sponsor of Rugby Africa, at Royal Garden Hotel on November 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for APO Group). Getty Images. November 12, 2017
  18. ^ APO Group becomes the Official Partner of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa. CNBC Africa. November 12, 2017
  19. ^ The Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy
  20. ^ New Rugby Africa Gold Cup's perpetual trophy - unveiled at AIPS Congress in Brussels International Sports Press Association, AIPS. May 8, 2018
  21. ^ New Rugby Gold Cup trophy unveiled CGTN (China Global Television Network). May 9, 2018
  22. ^ "AIPS Media - Executive Committee". Retrieved 15 September 2012.

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