Our identity resides in the international community of independent talents with high added value that we develop and lead
A community of independent talents
BlueBirds' purpose is to support companies and human organisations in their key decisions and the execution of their high-stakes projects
BLUEBIRDS AND THE WORK REVOLUTION
BlueBirds supports the ongoing global work revolution. This revolution is based, in our opinion, on three pillars: purpose, autonomy and expertise
Finding meaning at work – purpose
The focus on meaning at work will be, in our opinion, the major non-technological transformation of companies this century. BlueBirds aims to contribute to the Future of Work.
Autonomy is personified at BlueBirds by the central place given to freelancers. At Bluebirds, we believe in a new balance being constructed between employees, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Employees in successful companies will become more and more autonomous while the role of freelancers will grow. Mixed teams of employees and freelancers will become the norm on many projects.
Human organisations will increasingly seek specialists whose field of expertise will be both deep and focused. This is the very purpose of the community whose services we offer.
Created in 2016 and formerly a sister company of NC Partners Executive Search, BlueBirds was born from our awareness of the work revolution in English-speaking countries and Germany.
BlueBirds has continued to grow profitably since day one and now has more than 2,000 high value-added freelancers whose drive is also increasing every day. Our clients are mainly multinationals, funds, mid-sized companies and consulting firms.
BlueBirds created its first overseas office in Casablanca in 2020 and is now co-managed by Martin Videlaine and Ghita Lahlou. Today we operate in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
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Why trust BlueBirds?
Trust, excellence and independence are our core values.
We believe that a professional relationship is for life and we cherish the authenticity of human relationships.
We are entrepreneurs, and we help entrepreneurs – freelancers to find work. For us, being an entrepreneur means wanting to build a new world while being anchored in reality.
Our dual positioning in consulting and interim management in Europe and Africa makes BlueBirds a unique player
Our business plan is resolutely community-based. We operate transparently with and for freelancers. All members of the community can get involved as much as they want in our common development.
Our high-added-value positioning goes hand in hand with our customers’ support in a way that fully digital platforms do not offer.
I joined BlueBirds in 2019 to support the revolution of independent consultants and executives, capitalising on my dual experience in strategy consulting and general management. We promise to respond as well as possible to our customers’ requirements while putting freelancers at the centre of our concerns.
At BlueBirds, we are proud to contribute every day to the development of the Future of Work. Our ambition is to provide companies with the ultra-competence and flexibility of high-level freelancers while creating an environment that makes life easier for freelancers and allows them to focus on the what matters: their expertise
The BlueBirds community is made up of Client Partners who are themselves independent. Client Partners build and consolidate our relationships with our clients and support them during projects. They also lead circles of independent consultants and interim managers with common skills.
Charles built his career in consulting: as Director at Capgemini Consulting in Paris, and a few years later, after a stint at Kearney as Vice-President of Operations in Johannesburg, he went on to consult in a freelance role.
A graduate of HEC Paris, Marion worked as a consultant at Capgemini Consulting for ten years as Head of the Telecoms and Media & Entertainment entity. She supported management teams in organisations such as Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Canal Plus, M6, Noos-Numéricable, Euro-RSCG and Publicis on strategy and transformation issues.
Timothée de Courlon
After working with the Chairman of the Management Board of Groupe Caisse d’Epargne, Timothée was a strategy consultant at Advention Business Partners, where he carried out numerous assignments for investment funds.
Mohsen has built most of his career advising companies and public entities. Mohsen learned his consulting portfolio at Capgemini Invent, where he stayed for two years, then at Mazars, where he supported the firm’s growth for nearly 12 years. Mohsen has been freelancing for 4 years now. By becoming a BlueBirds Client, Mohsen wanted to join a collective driven by the same values and the desire to be an entrepreneur. Mohsen will utilise the community to offer his clients team interventions that he will set up, manage and lead.
For more than 20 years, Mohsen has provided support in the Public Sector, Health and Social Protection (central administrations, public establishments, decentralised services, joint bodies, public enterprises, etc.). He helps organisations respond to the changes they are facing, whether technological, regulatory, market, usage or governance.
Mohsen has a perfect understanding of strategic, operational and managerial issues, techniques for leading cross-functional projects with high stakes in environments of great organisational or relational complexity and a strong capacity for conviction and mobilisation
Emmanuelle has spent more than 25 years in the wider Financial Services industry, from Banking to Insurance, including Asset Management, mainly within the AXA group. In terms of posts, she has managed various marketing, communication and customer services teams for international financial institutions.
Hichem is Client Partner at BlueBirds in charge of the pharmaceutical sector.
Trained as an engineer at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts Chausseés, Hichem has combined during his career a long experience in strategy, transformation and management (Ex VP Gemini Consulting, and Ex Managing Director AlixPartners) and managerial experience in the automotive and pharmaceuticals sectors (Former Supply Chain Director of the Valéo Group and Ex VP Strategy Deployment & Production System of the GlaxoSmithKline group)
Hichem combines strong business and consulting experience to lead and implement restructuring, transformation and improvement of operational performance programmes. Hichem is very change management oriented and focused on results.
Married and a father to 4 children, Hichem carries out most of his projects between Europe and North Africa, particularly Tunisia, where he is from.
Jérôme has 17 years of strategic and operational management experience within a consulting firm and large international groups. With this dual experience of consulting and business acquired in France and internationally, his added value is that he is a central point in a company’s transformation.
He has strong expertise in the Retail, BtoC/BtoB distribution and E-commerce sectors. An independent consultant since 2019, he now supports clients of the BlueBirds community in defining and ensuring the operational implementation of their value creation plan.
Passionate and committed, Jérôme has a Sustainable Development certification from the University of Cambridge and encourages his clients to be daring, integrating opportunities linked to CSR and Sustainable Development issues at the heart of their activities.
After 25 years in a consulting firm, including more than ten years as Senior Vice-President of Capgemini Consulting, in 2015, he decided to change the way he put his dual experience as manager and consultant at the service of others.
Via his company EPA Consulting, he now acts as Executive Advisor to business leaders in medium and large companies on strategy and complex transformation issues.
At the same time, he co-founded Cézanne Stratégies, a Social and Solidarity Enterprise, to develop employment in SMEs by facilitating their access to development and strategy consulting. He also supports – within their Supervisory Board or their Advisory Board – several Startups and SMEs in the Services, Energy and Digital universe.
He also joined the Ashoka Support Network in early 2019 to contribute his time and experience to helping social entrepreneurs.
An expert in the retail sector, Gaëlle spent the first 10 years of her career in food distribution in operational roles (Store Management, Purchasing, Category Management) as well as strategic (Own Brands Department) positions.
She then joined Dia-Mart as Associate Director (specialist in marketing strategy consulting for retail).
For ten years, she assisted 70 brands’ General Management teams in their transformation projects (Tati, Orchestra, Club Med, E.Leclerc, Intermarché, Boulanger, etc.).
Gaëlle was also Deputy Managing Director of Marketing and Digital for a discount footwear brand before creating her own organisation; SO.Retail.
Since the end of 2018, she has been Deputy General Manager of Synalia (leading cooperative group in the Jewellery and Watchmaking sector).
She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Solidar’Monde.
Jean-Pierre Gillot worked for the CARREFOUR Group for 30 years (1971–2001), where he held various operational positions in stores and then at regional level before taking on national responsibilities in France and Brazil. During these years, Jean-Pierre Gillot also took on the Merchandise Director’s responsibilities (textiles/non-food) within Carrefour France.
Appointed in 1991 as Executive Director for the West of France, he later became Managing Director of the French South-East zone in 1994.
At the time of the Carrefour / Promodès merger, he was appointed Executive Director of Hypermarkets France. He successfully transferred over 80 hypermarkets under the Continent banner to the Carrefour banner during this pivotal period.
Holder of an HEC MBA, Jean-Pierre Gillot then changed direction to take over as Chairman and CEO of the La Brosse & Dupont, a subsidiary specialising in Mass Distribution within the LVMH Group; a position he held for three years.
In 2005, Jean-Pierre Gillot joined the CASINO Group as Advisor to the Chairman. Since then, he has been involved in numerous strategic and operational missions in France and internationally.
Jean-Pierre Gillot is now an independent consultant and works in France and abroad.
Pierre has had an international career in energy (GDF and Engie) during a period of rapid infrastructure development and profound transformation of business models.
After starting his career in engineering and creating large infrastructures, he was in charge of developing operational activities through internal and external growth for twenty years.
In 2016, he launched the company ‘Shynleï Le réseau de l’âme [The Soul Network]’ to bring together those who want to free their human energy.
Pierre is a former student of the Ecole Polytechnique (76) and a civil engineer from the Mines de Paris (78).
He spends a good part of his time in and on the water, for sport and leisure.
A graduate of Telecom Paris, former COO of Capgemini France and CEO of the Astek group, François first researched computer science then created and directed a company of services on new technologies. He has joined boards of consulting firms, digital service companies and start-ups through his consulting company F Partners.
A whole life devoted to professional service in the IT sector now allows him to devote himself to sharing and transferring leadership, business development, strategic and organisation development, coaching, project delivery and recruitment expertise.
Firmly convinced of the richness resulting from diversity (gender, ethnicity, generations) and of the imperative need for education, François is a member of the 21st-century club, administrator of Passerelles Numériques [Digital Gateways], and supports ‘Femmes au Cœur des Conseils’ [Women at the Heart of Consulting].
François divides his time between France and Asia. He first experienced life in Asia in 2007 when he visited Vietnam and then adopted life there since 2011, spending most of his time living in Thailand.
A graduate of EM Lyon, former second in command at the Casino Group, CEO of the Quick Group and CEO of the Toupargel Group, Jacques-Edouard has spent most of his career in the consumer goods market. He has developed an advisory activity with General Management teams and private equity funds. He is heavily involved in e-commerce, digital, and its interactions with physical store networks in his various activities.
His skills are recognised in all areas of distribution, LBOs, leadership and management as well as the design and implementation of medium-term strategic plans.
Passionate about sport and invested in the associative field, he is an administrator of Asvel (Pro A basketball club). He also chairs the EM Lyon Foundation and is a school administrator.
Pierrick built his career in the telecommunications and energy sector.
In telecommunications, Pierrick held the Vice President’s position for Europe and the Middle East for Orange’s Home division before becoming the operator’s Executive Vice President of the Home division and Integrations two years later. He took charge of this area in 2013 and then became Executive Vice President. He is now one of France’s leading experts on Smart Home and the IoT.
Pierrick was also Deputy Director and COO of Telecom Poland for 4 years. He has also been a member of the board of directors of several national operators around the world.
Before branching out into the telecoms sector, Pierrick spent 10 years working in the photovoltaic industry. He was in charge of exports for an American company dedicated to this technology. He continued as founder, CEO and then Chairman of Chronar France, the French leader in photovoltaics in the 1990s.
Pierrick now works independently. He advises large groups and start-ups in his two preferred sectors.
Pierrick is a graduate of the École des Mines de Nancy, IFP and HEC.
Didier Cocheteau has 45 years of experience in the banking sector. Throughout his career, first in the Banque Populaire Group and then in the BPCE Group, he has worked in these businesses both on their strategic aspects and the operational implementation of organisational transformation plans.
A graduate of ESSEC, Didier began his career in the Groupe Banque Populaire’s Payments sector as Director of Electronic Banking Production. He then held various positions within the Groupe, during which he took charge of large-scale technological strategy and business sector redesign projects.
When Groupe BPCE was created, he became Director of Banking Production, a position in which he took charge of the digital transformation of banking processes in the Credit and Estate sectors.
As Payments and International Director of BPCE, he implemented the management of the Beneficial Owners’ Register (RBE) for the payments sector. He also supervised significant investment projects (SEPA Platform, Instant Paiement, Sepamail, CREDOCS International and the fiduciary industry).
Didier is currently a member of the Payments Steering Committee and Chairman of the Fiduciary Strategy Committee of the Fédération Bancaire Française [French Banking Federation]. He has created a consulting firm for payments strategy and digital transformation.
Jean-François Chiron has spent most of his career in the world of urban passenger transport. Until 2019, he was the French Deputy Managing Director of Transdev France and a member of the French executive committee. As such, he was responsible for steering all of the Group’s activities in the northern half of France, which represents a scope of around 1 billion euros in turnover and nearly 12,000 employees. He was a member of the board of directors of several Transdev subsidiaries and chairman of SOMETRAR, concessionaire of the transport network’s operation in the metropolitan area of Rouen Normandy, Transdev group’s largest contract in France. He has helped position Transdev as ‘the mobility company’ and has a perfect knowledge of the economic models implemented.
A trained engineer and graduate of ESSEC, Jean-François Chiron previously headed several operational branches of the Veolia Transport group in France and the United Kingdom. He notably contributed significantly to the development of the Group’s activities in Ile-de-France, for which he was responsible from 2007 to 2014.
Since 2020 he created his consulting company (JFC CONSEIL) and joined PMP as Senior Mobilities Advisor
The Bluebirds community, born in France, is today located mainly in France, across Europe and North Africa, and expands further every day in these geographies.
We have offices in Paris and Casablanca, from which we serve our clients in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
In geographies where we do not have an active community, we strengthen our community, according to the needs of our customers, through our partners