Stéphane Richard graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (1983) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1987).
When he left ENA, he was assigned to the French inspectorate of public finances from 1987 to 1991.
In 1991, he was appointed technical advisor in the cabinet of Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, minister for industry and foreign trade.
In 1992, he joined Compagnie Générale des Eaux, before being appointed chief executive officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix in 1994.
In 1997, he became chairman of Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services (CGIS), now Nexity, which groups together all of Vivendi’s predominately real estate subsidiaries.
In January 2003, he was appointed executive vice president of Veolia Environnement and chief executive officer of Veolia Transport.
From May 2007 to June 2009, he was chief of staff for the French minister for the economy, industry and employment.
He joined France Telecom – Orange Group on 1st September 2009, became chief executive officer on 1st March 2011, and Chairman and CEO on 1st March 2011.
Stéphane Richard is a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.