Orange – more changes at the top as B2B chief Helmut Reisinger departs

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CEO of Orange Business Services is to leave the operator in January after overseeing progress in data, software and cloud.

Helmut Reisinger, CTO of Orange Business Services has spent 14 years with the B2B division of Orange, and will leave the job he has held since 2018 on 17 January 2022.

Aliette Mousnier-Lompré, EVP of Operations and Customer Service, will take over on an interim basis until a new CEO is appointed.

Reisinger apparently "wishes to pursue other professional opportunities outside the Group". As CEO, he oversaw some profound changes at Orange Business Services, in particular its reimaging as a global network-native digital services company, and a core pillar of Orange's strategy. 

Philippe Ensarguet, CTO of Orange Business Services, won Mobile Europe's Trailblazer CTO of the Year Award 2021 for his role in transforming the B2B division after being appointed by Reisinger just over two years ago.

Stéphane Richard, the out-going Chairman and CEO of Orange commented, “I would like to thank Helmut Reisinger for his constant commitment to the development of the Group's B2B activity. In particular, he successfully built-up new activities within Orange Business Services linked to data and cloud computing that have seen double-digit growth for many quarters.

"During his time, Helmut turned Orange Business Services into a world leader in software-defined networks. I wish him great success in his future endeavors."

Richard himself will leave the company in the New Year, having been obliged to quit when he was convicted in November by the Paris Appeal Court of complicity of misuse of public funds while working in the French government in 2008. He was then staff to Christine Lagarde when she was France’s Finance Minister.

He was cleared of the charge of complicity of fraud and previously had been cleared of all related charges.