A lack of a long-term strategy is a good indication of a company that lacks ambition, and this is often a fatal flaw. For our first ever Top 100 Executives list, Leaders League took the conscious decision to highlight those executives who, without losing sight of the present, have been able to envisage the future. It’s notoriously difficult to find a way for these two temporalities to coexist in today’s fast-paced digital world, but all those on our list have outstanding leadership abilities, iron determination and, of course, The Vision Thing.

Top 100 Executives - France

No.1 - JACQUES ASCHENBRIOCH (VALEO)

Age: 64   Years at current company: 9   Industry: Automotive   Turnover: $21bn   Rate of growth: 52.9% since 2013   The year 2017 saw record returns for Valeo, the continuation of a tried and tested R&D policy and the commencement of a...

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No.2 - BERNARD ARNAULT (LVMH)

Age: 69   Years at current company: 29   Industry: Luxury goods   Turnover: $50bn   Rate of growth: 13% in 2017   Bernard Arnault epitomises the French luxury goods industry. As far back as the end of the 1980s this engineering graduate – w...

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No.3 - BERNARD CHARLES (DASSAULT SYSTEMES)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 14   Industry: Software   Turnover: $3.8bn   Rate of growth:  43.5% since 2014   To assure Dassault’s continual growth Bernard Charles has bet on diversifying the client base. Long content to stay in the...

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No.4 - BENOIT POTIER (AIR LIQUIDE)

Age: 61 Years at current company: 21 Industry: Gas Turnover: $23bn Rate of growth: 220.7% since 1998   Re-elected CEO last May on a four year mandate, Benoit Potier’s ambition is the same as it ever was. Since becoming head of the company in 20...

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No.5 - XAVIER NIEL (ILIAD)

Age: 50   Years at current company: 28   Industry: Telecoms   Turnover: $5.6bn   Rate of growth:  5.6% in 2017   In the space of twenty years, Xavier Niel has become one of the icons of French innovation. After acquiring an erotic chat serv...

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