This excerpt taken from the FTE 20-F filed May 22, 2006.
184.108.40.206 Organization of the France Telecom Group
On January 30, 2006, France Telecom announced the decision by Didier Lombard, Chief Executive Officer, to change the organization of his management team to focus it on the Groups transformation and on its operational performance, in connection with the acceleration of the implementation of the NExT program. The steering of the Group is now provided by a limited Group Management Committee.
The Group Management Committee chaired by Chief Executive Officer Didier Lombard is composed of:
In the context of the NExT program, France Telecom will change its organization. For each country or geographic region where the Group is present, a member of the Group Management Committee will be charged with the supervision of operational and financial performance and the implementation of strategy and restructuring programs for the Group and with monitoring the creation of an organization consistent with the consolidated operating strategy and with the position of the Group on the markets in question.
The Groups overall organization comprises operating divisions, professional divisions and support functions.
The operating divisions are focused around customer needs and corresponding markets.
The Personal Communication Services division is responsible for the development of communications services aimed at individuals via mobile media. It includes the whole of the Orange subsidiary.
The Home Communication Services division is responsible for the development of all home-based communications services including, in particular, fixed-line broadband services in Europe.
The Enterprise Communication Services division is responsible for the development and sale of communications services to business customers throughout the world. It notably includes Equant.
The Content division is in charge of partnerships with content providers and is responsible for coordinating the development of related technological platforms.
The France Sales and Services division is responsible for the distribution within France of all the Groups products intended for the consumer and small- and medium-sized business markets. It also represents the Group in communications with local authorities.
The International division is responsible for overseeing and developing the TP SA group and its foreign subsidiaries, outside Europe, which operate fixed-line and mobile businesses within a single country, in general as a historical operator (primarily: Sonatel in Senegal, Orange Côte dIvoire (in Ivory Coast) and CI Telcom; Jordan Telecom; and Mauritius Telecom).
The professional divisions are responsible for improving the France Telecom groups operational performance.
The Networks, Operators and Information Systems division: in accordance with recent and future technological advances, this division incorporates network and information systems activities. More specifically, it is responsible for the development and management of France Telecoms networks, all types of technologies included, for the sale of services to third-party operators and for the development and maintenance of all the France Telecom groups information systems.
The Research and Development division, which is comprised principally of France Telecom R&D, is responsible for the activity of the France Telecom groups research programs and maximizing the benefit of its intellectual property. It plays a driving role in all innovation developments.
The Technologies division is responsible for disseminating innovation within the France Telecom Group, guiding it, in due time, toward customer needs and furthering the initiatives, processes and procedures to spur innovation within the group.
The support functions, serving the operating divisions and activity divisions, ensure the consistency of the Groups policies (Finance, Human Resources, Company Secretariat, External Communication, Regulations and Procurement).
Finally, to bolster the Groups internationalization, an International Strategy Development unit is responsible for analyzing opportunities for international development, and a Group Cohesiveness and Internationalization unit is responsible for identifying new talent throughout the Group and facilitating the sharing of best practices between all the entities. A third unit is responsible for guiding the Brand Evolution for the France Telecom group within the framework of the NExT program.