Please Welcome Marc Girardot to the Manufacturing Industry Blog
It is with great pleasure that I introduce Marc Girardot as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Marc has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently managing director of the Global Automotive Practice in the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).
As a core team member of IBSG’s manufacturing senior staff, he provides strategic assistance to car manufacturers and to related organizations looking to capitalize on the transformative power of new technologies. Marc consults with senior executives from the auto industry and coordinates Cisco’s global efforts to accelerate innovation and industry transformation in automotive.
Throughout the globe, Marc and his team have worked for most Auto OEMs on topics such Innovation, Connected Car, Customer Experience, Next Generation Dealers, the Car of the future, Distributed Engineering, and Corporate Culture.
Most recently, Marc co-authored with Michael Schwarz an industry-changing point of view called “Electronics-ization in Automotive: Reinventing the Car Industry Model to Boost Profitable Innovation” which I encourage you to read.
For the past ten years, Marc has been one of the main Thought Leaders on Connected Car, and a keynote speaker at multiple industry events. As early as 2003, Marc was part of the team working with car-maker Renault-Nissan to pioneer the first ever IPV6 enabled car. Bridging the world of IT and Auto, and inspired by Cisco’s model of network rationalization and convergence plays, Marc imagined a converged car networking architecture for cars. Cisco recently patented this idea, and Marc believes Cisco should role play a central role in this transformation. Today, this vision is coming to reality with Cisco’s commitment to the Connected Industries Business Unit.
He has published several papers on Automotive and other topics, notably on Smart and Connected Passenger Vehicles (with Dr. Dirk Schlesinger)
Marc has more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience working for leading corporations across the globe. Before coming to Cisco, he was senior associate for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Communications Media and Technology Group. He also has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, where he consulted for British Petroleum, Exxon, and Elf. Prior to his consulting years, Marc held a variety of management positions in sales, management accounting, auditing, and strategy for industrial gas leader Air Liquide.
Marc holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a master’s degree in Economics and Finance from ESSEC, France.