This excerpt taken from the FTE 20-F filed May 17, 2005.
The Group structure was simplified in December 2002 by distinguishing between operational divisions and central functions with responsibility for the whole of the Group. The Groups structure was revised in March 2004 in order to implement the strategy of the integrated communications services operator. This structure is made up of five operating divisions, five activities divisions and support functions.
In connection with its two major business activities, wireless telephony and broadband, France Telecom, in its role as integrated operator offering communications services, intends to provide its individual, home or corporate customers with an extensive and consistent range of services regardless of the various types of existing networks.
The five operating divisions are focused around customer needs and corresponding markets.
The five activity divisions are responsible for improving the Groups operational performance.
The five support functions service the operating divisions and the activity divisions and ensure the coherence of the Groups policies (Finance, Human Resources, Animation and Evaluation of Group Management Networks and Internal Communications, General Secretary, External Communications). Taking into account the strategic importance of regulation, the regulatory group reports directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition, in March 2004 a member of the Executive Committee was put in charge of ensuring coordination of Group policies relating to: marketing and branding in accordance with the Ambition FT 2005 plan, as an extension of the establishment of the FT 2005 missions relating to financial rebalancing and value creation; technologies, strategic partnerships and new uses; as well as the development and optimization of human resource skills.