Philippe Camus

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BornJune 28, 1948
Paris, France
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po
French Bilderberger who as Executive Co-Chairman of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company attended the 2003,4,5 Bilderbergs

Employment.png Executive Co-Chairman

In office
2001 - 2005

Philippe Camus is a French businessman who worked in the military-industrial complex. He attended the attended the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Bilderbergs as President of the huge military-industrial European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company. Between October 2008 and June 2016, he was the chairman of the board of directors of Alcatel-Lucent, before its merger with Nokia.[1][2] He is a senior advisor at investment bank Evercore Partners.[3]


He is a former student of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (ENS), a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Economy and Finance section). He did his military service at the CIRO (Inter-Army Center for Operational Research) in Bagneux.


He began his career in the financial management department of the Caisse des dépôts et consignations, the "investment arm" of the French State. In 1982 he joined the general management of the Lagardère group. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Lagardère group, In 1999 he became Chairman of the Management Board of Aérospatiale Matra.

The Lagardère Group includes what was then the world's largest publishing house for magazines, Hachette Filipacchi Medias, which in turn owns 15% of EADS. Jean-Luc Lagardère's son, Arnaud Lagardère, ran the media division of the Lagardère Group, while Camus ran the defense and automobile companies. Matra Hautes Technologies, the armaments company of the Lagardère Group, merged under the personal direction of Camus with the state-owned Aérospatiale to form Aérospatiale-Matra in 1999, which was the first privatization of an aircraft manufacturer in France.

In the same year, the newly founded Aérospatiale Matra Group became part of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), which was a conglomerate of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA), Aérospatiale Matra Group, and Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA). Between 2000 and 2005 he was Executive Co-Chairman of EADS (later Airbus). During his time the Clearstream 2 affair was exposed. He had to give up his seat to Noël Forgeard, then president of Airbus, to return to the Lagardère Group.

He is an Officer of the Legion of Honor and holder of the Cross of Merit of Germany.


Philippe Camus is:

Philippe Camus was:

  • Co-manager of the Lagardère group until June 2012
  • Director of Crédit Agricole
  • Director of Schlumberger
  • Director of Cellfish Media LLC
  • Administrator of Editions P Amaury
  • Permanent representative of Lagardère SCA on the Board of Directors of Hachette SA
  • Permanent representative of Hachette SA on the Board of Directors of Lagardère Services
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Lagardère Active
  • Vice-Chairman, Deputy Managing Director of Arjil commandité Arco.
  • Chairman and CEO of Lagardère North America Inc.
  • President of EADS France
  • President of GIFAS
  • Director of Accor
  • Director of Dassault Aviation
  • Administrator of La Provence
  • Administrator of Nice-Matin
  • Director of Hachette Filipacchi Médias
  • Chairman of the Board of Alcatel-Lucent


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
The 52nd such meeting. 126 recorded guests
Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
The 53rd Bilderberg, 132 guests
WEF/Annual Meeting/200724 January 200728 January 2007SwitzerlandOnly the 450 public figures listed of ~2200 participants