Martine Liautaud is an investment banker, entrepreneur, and investor, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and financial engineering.
She began her career at Banque Indosuez, and then became a founding partner of Financière Indosuez, which was set up in 1988. At Financière Indosuez, Martine managed the privatization department, and played a key role with Crédit Agricole Bank, and the privatization of TF1, the most important TV channel in France and the most-viewed TV station in Europe. In 1990, Martine set up her independent investment consultancy firm, Liautaud & Cie, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, financial engineering, and consultancy to major French and European companies.
In this position, Martine has provided leadership in a range of financial and strategic operations, including re-structuring, notably in the energy sector. Martine currently also acts as a consultant to several Chairs of the CAC 40.
As an industrial entrepreneur, Martine has taken majority stakes, or large minority stakes, in several companies, as well as taking the position of Vice-Chair in several ”success story” companies, such as Meccano, a world leader in metal construction systems, and in the publishing sector, Groupe La Martinière. Martine is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and together with several other Stanford alumni in 2010, founded the Women Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI) a voluntary mentoring program aimed at women entrepreneurs whose businesses are at least three years old. Under Martine’s leadership, this program has attracted support through partners that include BNP Paribas and the global energy leader, Engie, and has a strong link with the Stanford Business School. In 2016, she set up Women's Initiative Foundation that supports women's successes.
Martine Liautaud is a board member of the multicultural European food company, Savencia, is on the board of the Entrepreneurial Committee of MEDEF, and is a board member of the Centrale-Supelec engineering school in France. She was also a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in France from 2010 to 2015.
Martine Liautaud has been awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
She is married with two children.
Martine Liautaud, one of France’s pioneering female investment banking executives and entrepreneurs, and an alumna of the Stanford Executive Program, has put together a wonderfully inspiring book. It highlights the success of the Women Business Mentoring Initiative, which has mentored around one hundred CEOs to date, in bringing women executives in positions of top-level organizational leadership. The book reports voices of mentors and mentees that provide deep insight in the process involved in helping female executives reach their full potential for making leadership contributions. While celebrating success achieved to date, the book also drives home hard the need for even greater efforts to accelerate future progress along the success trajectory.
“Breaking Through will give you both energy and hope, and convince you that success in business is not a gender matter. It is a question of talent and courage. And women have plenty of both. Through lively accounts of female entrepreneurs and senior executives, Breaking Through shows us that mentoring and sponsoring are decisive tools for women’s success.”
“Mentoring revealed my entrepreneurial drive and gave me the confidence to successfully develop my business in Europe and then in the US. Read this book to boost your business tools.”
As Martine Liautaud writes, “Women do not lack courage in life.” Breaking Through offers a collection of powerful voices and concrete insights to help women gather that courage and translate it into professional success. It is a valuable addition to any professional woman’s bookshelf.”