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Marie-Hélène Smiejan-Wanneroy

Marie-Hélène Smiejan-Wanneroy

Managing Director, Mediapart, France

Marie-Hélène Smiejan-Wanneroy is a founding shareholder of Mediapart, the eleven-year old French internet native daily news site, with today over 160,000 paying members and 4.7 million unique monthly users. Steadily growing since launch, Mediapart broke even eight years ago and generates today > 15% profit margin — without advertising. A group of stable shareholders co-founders and journalists own 62% of equity for 11 years, just transferred to a foundation. Managing director since day one, Marie-Hélène Smiejan-Wanneroy oversees shareholding, administration, finance, marketing, technology, communications and customer relations. Over ten years her team has grown from three to 43. Marie-Hélène graduated from the ESSEC business school and holds a degree of Chinese from INALCO (she spent 1975-76 in China). Prior to Mediapart she had a long career in information technologies. She created her first company in 1981 and sold it in 1989. Subsequently she held management positions in a number of European IT groups. In 2003 she created a consultancy to advise investors in China. In 2007 she joined Edwy Plenel to launch Mediapart.