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2020.11.20 Sonepar Chairman Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette features in book published by the Comité Grand Lille

Sonepar Chairman Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette features in book published by the Comité Grand Lille


40 inspirational talks to transform our organizations after the COVID crisis.

In June this year, Sonepar Chairman Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette was invited to be a guest on the podcast 'Les Cafés de l'Après', where she was interviewed by Jean-Pierre Letartre of Comité Gra​​nd Lille, on the subject of 'Family-Owned Companies in the Face of a Crisis'. During the interview, Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette spoke of how she was adapting to life in lockdown, Sonepar's response to the COVID-19 crisis, and how its unique position of being a family shareholding company with a decentralized management structure, worked to its advantage and reinforced the Group's resilience.

This interview was part of a series of 39 podcasts, in which Jean-Pierre Letartre interviewed many of France's most influential figures in politics, business, or NGOs.

Following the success of the podcast which reached over 50,000 listeners in 25 count​​​​​ries, Comité Grand Lille decided to release the interviews as a book which was published on Wednesday the 4th November!

The book is available to buy from Entreprises & Cités, where you will be also invited to make a donation to the Y Croire project, an organization that promotes the employment of promising individuals from vulnerable backgrounds.

You can listen to Les Cafés de L'Après on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Deezer, and Ausha.

About the Comité Grand Lille

The Comité Grand Lille is a Think Tank that was created in 1993. It gathers over 300 members from the greater Lille area as well as l'Ile de France, who are pioneers in their fields and who are open to sharing their successes with others with the common goal of collaborating together to see Lille emerge as a vibrant metropolis of the future. The Committee meet every two months at an informal assembly and have been behind some major initiatives, such as Lille's bid for the Olympic Games, and campaigning for Lille to become the European Capital of Culture in 2004.

In April the Committee President, Jean-Pierre Letartre, decided to create the podcast 'Les Cafés de l'Après' in the midst of this crisis, and use it to hear from leading experts whether they be scientists, entrepreneurs, sociologists, politicians etc., on how their field is adapting to the crisis, and how they envisage the post COVID-19 world.