Professional Overview:

Co-founder and Head of the Corporate e-Business Center, with a strong entrepreneurial orientation. Intensive international operative and strategic experience in the main IT and management fields. Interested in linking business (insurance and pharma industries) with the right technology.

Personal details:

Name: Didier Beck

Date of birth: 1st February 1972

Nationality: French

Marital status: Married (my wife is General Practitioner), one son (born in January 2002)

Professional status: Helvetia Patria Group - Corporate Center, Director eBusiness Center

Email, Web site and web log: Didier Beck, Didier Beck's Website, Didier Beck's Weblog


2003– 04 International Executive Program
Internal management program for Senior Executives on Corporate level, with a concentration on: current markets developments (Insurance industry), Strategic Management and the usage of the General Management Navigator, Value Creation, Change and Performance Management.

1999 – 01 Master of Business Administration
Graduate School of Management, Lyon - France, part-time MBA program
Concentration: entrepreneurship, marketing and strategy
Individual project: "A model of the Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship process: A case study of Helvetia Patria Group"

1992 – 95 Master of Science, Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering Institute, Mulhouse, France
Final-year specialization in software engineering

1990 – 92 "Preparatory Courses"
Lycée Kléber, Strasbourg, France
Preparation for the highly selective nationwide examinations for entrance into the French "Grandes Ecoles" of Engineering (Engineering Institutes)


French: mother tongue
English: advanced level, intensive business usage since 4 years in an international multicultural environment.
German: advanced level, intensive business usage since 8 years, included contract negociations.

Employment experience

Director, Co-founder and Head of the Corporate eBusiness Center
Insurance Industry - Helvetia Patria Group
October 2002 – Present
The Helvetia Patria is an insurance services Group, doing business across Europe (life and non-life business, reinsurance). The more than 4 700 employees provide services to more than 2 million customers in six European countries and generate more than 5.4 billion CHF revenues.

I am managing the eBusiness Center, part of the Helvetia Patria Group's Corporate Center, which is supporting the development of an unified multinational platform for e-business solutions groupwide.

Member of the Board of Directors
Marketing Industry - Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications
November 2000 – Present

Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications was founded in 1997 as a provider of innovative marketing/communications solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. Its mission over the years has been to reinforce the bonds between the key actors in the pharma value chain - the pharma company, the physician, and the patient. Its strategic goal is to become an integrated pharma marketing/communications company (online-offline), with a strong market leadership in online media.

My role in the Board is to guide Boomerang in the overall business strategy and to assist the company with strategic direction in terms of technology.

Deputy Head of the Corporate eBusiness Center
Insurance Industry - Helvetia Patria Group
June 2001 – September 2002

Corporate Development
Insurance Industry - Helvetia Patria Group
April 2000 – May 2001

Definition of the Group eBusiness vision and strategy. Co-founder of a new corporate unit - the eBusiness Center - responsible for "enabling" this strategy (funding, organisation, staffing, technology, etc.).
Taking part in corporate M&A activities.

Assistant CIO
Insurance Industry - Helvetia Patria Switzerland
January 1999 – March 2000

IT architect, project manager
Insurance Industry - Helvetia Patria switzerland
July 1995 – December 1998

Hobbies and interests:

Associations Secretary of ESSAIM (1993-94)
President of the Alumni Association of ESSAIM (1995-97)
Secretary of a French wine tasting Association (1999-01)

Hobbies Passion for music : (founder) member of a blues band for 12 years
Reading (detective novels, science fiction, entrepreneurship and strategic management)
French gastronomy and wines
Internet plugged-in since 1995

Sport Alpine skiing, badminton, squash
Aviation : glider since the age of 17


References available on request.


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