Michel Combes

Michel Combes

Bell Labs Prize winners, 2014. From left to right: Marcus Weldon (Bell Labs President), Eva Rajo-Iglesias, Patrick Reynaert, Matilde Sánchez-Fernández, Emmanuel Abbe, and Michel Combes (then Alcatel-Lucent CEO)
Born (1962-03-29) March 29, 1962
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Residence Paris, France
Nationality French
Education École Polytechnique
Télécom ParisTech
Paris Dauphine University
Occupation CEO
Employer France Telecom (2003-2006)
Vodafone (2008-2012)
Alcatel-Lucent (2013-2015)
SFR (2015-present)
Website Official biography

Michel Combes (born March 29, 1962) is a French businessman and the current CEO of French telecommunications company SFR.

Early life and education

Michel Combes was born March 29, 1962. He attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, then graduated from École Polytechnique in 1983,[1] Télécom ParisTech, Paris Dauphine University and Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam).[2]


After several jobs in ministries, at France Télécom and at TDF, he was CEO of Vodafone Europe from 2008 to 2012.[3]

On February 22, 2013, the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed Michel Combes as the company’s CEO, succeeding Ben Verwaayen (effective April 1).[4] On June 19, 2013, Combes announced plans to focus Alcatel-Lucent's operations on networking products and high-speed broadband in order to cut costs by 1 billion euros by 2015.[5]

Personal life

He has two children.


Business positions
Preceded by
Ben Verwaayen
CEO of Alcatel-Lucent
Succeeded by
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