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Grégoire Verdeaux

Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Philip Morris Products SA

Bio Current as of June 23, 2022

Born in 1972, a French national, Gregoire Verdeaux began his career in the French high civil service as Administrator of the French Senate. For a decade, from 1995 to 2005, he was Michel Barnier’s European and Legal cabinet adviser in his various mandates as European Commissioner and Minister for Foreign Affairs of France. He then joined the United Nations (2005-2008) with fundraising and CFO roles in New York and Geneva, before he was called by the French Presidency and served as Deputy Head of Cabinet to President of France Nicolas Sarkozy until 2011. Gregoire Verdeaux then resigned from French civil service and joined business. He has been the European Policy Director for EDF (Électricité de France) from 2011 to 2014, handling several important energy policy reforms, in particular the 2014 landmark EU State aid case on new U.K. nuclear reactors.

From 2014 to 2019, he was international policy director at Vodafone Group in London, representing Vodafone vis-à-vis the EU and managing external risks in emerging markets (notably in China and EMEA). He has been closely associated to most legislative proposals adopted under the EU Digital Single Market, as well as competition clearances in the telecoms sector. He advised Vodafone on Brexit preparedness, particularly regarding cross-border data transfers. He became PMI’s Senior Vice-President for External Affairs in 2020. His global remit covers public affairs, tax and regulation, product standards, economic research and the fight against illicit trade.

He is strongly involved into PMI’s transformation towards the end of cigarettes. Gregoire Verdeaux holds a Master’s degree in Public Law, and a degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (‘Sciences-Po’). He taught constitutional and European law.