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Laurence Parisot
President of the Movement of French Enterprises
In office
Preceded byErnest-Antoine Seillière
Succeeded byPierre Gattaz
Personal details
Born (1959-08-31) 31 August 1959 (age 61)
Luxeuil-les-Bains, France
Alma materNancy University
Sciences Po

Laurence Parisot (born 31 August 1959 in Luxeuil-les-Bains, Haute-Saône) is a French businesswoman who served as head of the French MEDEF employers' union from 2005 until 2013. She also directs the IFOP poll institute. She became the 276th wealthiest French person after she inherited the Parisot group (first furnishing retail group in France).


Her father and grandfather Jacques Parisot (who set up the business) led the Parisot group, an unquoted furnishing retail company. She is single and has no children.


Parisot studied public law in Nancy University and then entered Sciences Po.[1] In 1986, she was nominated director of the Louis Harris Institute poll.[1]


Since 1990, Parisot has been chief executive of the IFOP poll institute after she bought 75% of its capital. She has also been a member of BNP Paribas board since 1990.

Head of the MEDEF

Parisot with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev whilst the latter was in Paris on a state visit on 2 March 2010.
Parisot with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev whilst the latter was in Paris on a state visit on 2 March 2010.

In 2003, Parisot entered the MEDEF executive board.[1] On 5 July 2005 she beat two other candidates[2] in a vote to replace Ernest-Antoine Seillière. At the time, she was the youngest ever head of the business lobby and the first one to run a service company.[2] During her time in office, Parisot declared that she intended to fight against unemployment and put “enterprise at the center of French society”. She added that she would work very hard to push French MPs to adopt more liberal labour legislation. In 2013, Parisot lost an internal battle to alter the group’s statutes and extend her eight-year term; instead, she was replaced with Pierre Gattaz.[3]

Later career

In 2014, Parisot declared her interest in succeeding Henri Proglio as CEO of French state utility Électricité de France (EDF); instead, the position went to Jean-Bernard Lévy.[4] In 2018, she was appointed by U.S. bank Citigroup as chairwoman and managing director of its French unit.[5]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations


Parisot was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite.

Personal life

Parisot is single and lives in Paris.[12]


(FR) Translated from the French version

  1. ^ a b c "Laurence Parisot: From Door-making to Director". Financial Times. January 27, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Katrin Bennhold (July 6, 2005), For lobby group, a French revolution New York Times.
  3. ^ Nicholas Vinocur (July 3, 2013), New French employer chief urges more labour reform Reuters.
  4. ^ Geert De Clercq (October 14, 2014), EDF chief's future hangs in French power balance Reuters.
  5. ^ Inti Landauro (September 27, 2018), Citi names French lobbyist Laurence Parisot as French unit head Reuters.
  6. ^ Board of Directors Électricité de France.
  7. ^ Geert De Clercq (October 16, 2014), EDF to add former car CEO, employer association head to board Reuters.
  8. ^ Inti Landauro (December 5, 2018), BNP Paribas names new board member replacing Laurence Parisot Reuters.
  9. ^ Members of the Council European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
  10. ^ Crisis Group Announces New Board Members International Crisis Group (ICG), press release of July 2, 2012.
  11. ^ European Advisory Board Open Society Foundations.
  12. ^ Emma Jacobs (November 15, 2011), Q&A: Laurence Parisot, president of Medef Financial Times.