Orange Business Services announces the appointment of the new CEO of Orange Cloud for Business

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I am pleased to share the news about the appointment of Stefan Kanis as CEO of Orange Cloud for Business.

Stefan takes over from Philippe Laplane who created the entity five years ago. With a 21% growth in 2017, the entity is now the leading cloud computing service in France and is keen to become a renowned player worldwide.

Having graduated from the Mines Nantes engineering school in 1997, Stefan Kanis, 44, has gained 21 years of experience with the Orange Group. He previously held the position of operating director of network and services in France. He will report to Thierry Bonhomme, deputy CEO of Orange in charge of Orange Business Services. Stefan has a wealth of experience within the Group, both in the general public and corporate sectors. He directed a key accounts department where he contributed to the launch of IP TV in several subsidiaries.

Discussing the appointment, Thierry Bonhomme stated, “Telecoms operators manage the network that provides the basis of cloud computing. This puts us in the position to challenge the biggest players in the sector. Stefan will be able to use his solid experience with the network to make Orange Cloud for Business a leading cloud services operator and support the Group’s ambitious strategy on the market.”

Stefan Kanis adds, “I am delighted to join the teams at Orange Cloud for Business who have helped thousands of customers with their transformation and migration to the cloud. We have some fine challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Take, for instance, the implementation of a range of multi-cloud services to help our customers deploy their most critical applications, regardless of their cloud supplier. The future of Orange Cloud for Business also lies in accelerating our international growth and developing our skills.”

Orange Cloud for Business now counts 1,600 employees in France and abroad. Around the world, Orange Cloud for Business has built up a comprehensive range of services including consulting, facilities management, support, governance, and the supply and support of infrastructure, while remaining technology agnostic.

Cédric Parent
Cédric Parent

Cédric is Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Orange Cloud for Business, a two-digit growth international subsidiary of Orange Business Services, in charge of cloud business. He is responsible for product and digital marketing, external communication, strategy and M&A activities.

Prior to this position, Cédric was Vice President Sales Development and Partnerships for Orange Business Services Large Accounts. He was responsible for partners, business development, customer marketing and mobility sales for 250 top Orange accounts.

Cédric has 18 years of experience in IT and telecommunications and has held various positions within Orange at the corporate level and in sales channel management. Previous to his position at Orange, he worked for IT Services companies where he was a senior consultant for IT and business process management in an international context.

Cedric holds degrees in Engineering and in Information Systems Management & Strategy from ESSEC and Telecom Paris.