A journey at the crossroads of entrepreneurship and culture Frédéric Jousset

Frederic Gosset

Entrepreneur, adventurer, patron, philanthropist…Frédéric Jose is a very difficult man to tag. His success in call centers allows him to live his passion for arts and culture to the fullest, by leading several major projects, such as those aimed at democratizing access to culture. A look at the successful journey of this French philanthropist.

Frederic Jose was born in 1970 in Paris to a family working in the music world. Graduated from HEC in 1992, he began his career in 1994 with Kerastase in L’Oréal, where he took on marketing and sales responsibilities within the professional department. Four years later, Frédéric Jose threw himself into the deep end of entrepreneurship by founding Clientis SA, a company that relies on a point-of-sale management software package for networks of hair salons or beauty institutes. He sold his company in 1999 to join the strategy consulting firm Bain & Company. An experience to take care of private equity He meets Olivier sacrificed.

With the latter, in June 2000, he co-founded Webhelp, a company that originally provided Internet search solutions to businesses and the general public. It quickly became a leader in call center and customer relationship solutions. In 2020, Webhelp employs 64,000 employees in 49 countries for 1.7 billion euros in sales. A performance that allowed Frederic Gossett to receive many awards, such as the Entrepreneur Award organized by Mercure HEC in 2006 and 2013. The New Economist / financial times He will also be chosen by the General Manager in 2013.

Frédéric José defines himself as a man with many feelings. He was first an adventurous climber of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc and Chichapangma. He also runs the London, Paris, New York and Stockholm marathons. But Frédéric José is also haunted by his passion for culture. “It comes from my mother who was the general coordinator at Beaubourg, in charge of the design department. It was she who introduced me very early on to the mysteries of the lives of museums and artists, and who gave me the means, when I wanted to invest myself in them more deeply, to do so”He says.

The least we can say is that the businessman combines words with deeds. In 2019, he created Art Explora, an international organization that aims to reduce the cultural divide by committing to sharing art with as many people as possible. With digital technologies and mobile devices open to all, Art Explora initiates new encounters between business and the general public, while supporting contemporary creativity and cultural institutions. Frédéric José notably imagined the ARTEXPLORER, a massive museum ship that will cross the Mediterranean in 2023 to meet the public and offer new artistic experiences. Makes sense when you know that the French businessman is also a passionate sailor. This boat, the largest in the world, will sail from Marseilles where the model was recently presented to the general public.

In 2020, the 52-year-old philanthropist created ArtNova, the first impact investment fund whose mission is to support the cultural and creative industries. This entity, part of an entrepreneurial dynamism and long-term vision, supports multiple initiatives and innovative start-ups. This fund is earmarked for €100 million, a capital investment with ArtNova Capital and in projects to promote cultural heritage with ArtNova Patrimoine. Within Art Nova there are many activities and participations both on the publishing side with the BeauxArts & Cie group, Le Quotidien de l’Art or Artips. Fida Fine Arts Magazine It aims to develop it, among other things, at the digital level, training and events. Via Art Nova, Frédéric José also invested in Le Relais de Chambord, a first-class hotel within the property, the success of which contributes to the economic development of the site.

Frédéric José’s participation in the cultural world goes beyond the scope of these two poles, Art nova and Artexplora. In fact, he chaired the board of directors of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and sat on the acquisitions committee of the Louvre. Since 2016, the entrepreneur has also been director of the Louvre by decree of the Minister of Culture. We can also mention his place as administrator of the Society of Friends of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and his seat on the advisory board of Art Basel.

His charitable commitment is clearly not lost sight of the Republic, which named him Knight of the National Order of Merit, the Medal of Letters and the Arts or Knight of the Legion of Honor.

Alexander Bodkin

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