Centered on the theme “Tomorrow,” Havas Group Chairman and CEO Yannick Bolloré opened up to a room full of entrepreneurs about his anxiety in taking over the family business, his five words of advice for building a future-proof business, and how the Group’s “Together” strategy came out of an investor’s suggestion to sell the company.
“On my way back from London in the Eurostar, I did some serious thinking,” he said during his keynote address at last week’s BPI France Inno Génération conference in Paris. “And I remembered Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution. And I told myself, that’s it: Make the most of being strong and be able to adapt much faster than our competitors. This is when we decided to transform Havas.”