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Gilles BabinetDigital Champion of France and multi-entrepreneur
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Gilles Babinet is a French entrepreneur in the digital industry. He has founded and managed numerous companies in diverse areas such as consultancy (Absolut), mobile music (Musiwave), co-creation (Eyeka) Social Music Gaming (Mxp4), online marketing (Digibonus), Music Publishing (Sawnd).
At the age of 24, he set up Absolut, a consultancy firm specializing in product design and marketing that became under his management a major consultancy group in its field in France. Through Absolut, Gilles was involved in the emerging Entertainment mobile market from the beginning and sold Absolut at the beginning of 2000 to Euro-RSCG, a worldwide communications group, in order to fully dedicate himself to the creation of Musiwave.
In 5 years, Musiwave became the leading European provider of mobile music and entertainment services to telecommunication operators and media. Musiwave was sold to Openwave a public American company for $139M in January 2006.
Along with these non-executive positions, Gilles is executive Chairman of Captain Dash, which provides gives marketers a dashboard to visualize, evaluate and correlate data flows from their own ERP and external data such as the weather, air quality, car trafic.
Gilles Babinet has also served as the first Chairman of the National Digital Council in France from April 2011 until April 2012.
In June 2012, Gilles Babinet was appointed French digital champion in 2012 by Fleur Pellerin, French minister of digital technologies, and works with Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner in charge of digital technologies. This function is the follow up of his former position as president of the French National Digital Council.