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November 19th

Palazzo Mezzanotte
Milan - Piazza degli Affari, 6

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Jacques-Antoine GRANJON

Chairman and founder,

Jacques-Antoine Granjon was born in Marseille on 9th August 1962 and studied at the prestigious European Business School (EBS). A born entrepreneur, he founded overstock distributer Cofotex S.A. with EBS friend Julien Sorbac in 1985. In 1996, Jacques-Antoine Granjon bought and renovated the former print works of national French newspaper Le Monde in La Plaine Saint-Denis, just outside of Paris, setting up Oredis group HQ. In 2000, he and his business partners realized that the Internet was "an opportunity to welcome the world in a virtual store with digital catalogues". This realization led to the creation of a revolutionary concept: an online platform entirely dedicated to private sales for brands. In January 2001, Jacques-Antoine Granjon and his seven business partners launched in France, before e-commerce had barely started in Europe. He then applied his extensive experience to the Internet, selling excess stock for important fashion and home brands, relying on two main strategies: events and exclusivity, all the while focusing on customer satisfaction. In 2011, he went on to win the "Customer Service Award" for the third year in a row, presented to him by the L'Institut BVA, France's fourth market research company. It was not until 2004 that the website's success became apparent. In 2005, its turnover grew a staggering 500% from the previous year. The website is now available in 8 European countries (France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Austria) and the United States, in partnership with American Express. In 10 years, has become an event-creating media, bringing together over 19 million members and 2.5 million unique users per day. This solid foundation allows the site to offer its 2,000 partner brands an innovative distribution channel. With a strong focus on people, mirrors the image of its founder as a "citizen" company: responsible growth, training, employability and social responsibility. Jacques-Antoine Granjon's professional success has been recognized with many awards. He was named 'Capitalist of the Year' by the Nouvel Economiste, 'Influential Digital Personality of the Year' at the 2012 Hub Awards, '2011 Communication Personality of the Year' by the Grand Prix des Agences de l'Année, 'Personality of the Year' by the Trophées LSA de l'Innovation 2011, 'Innovator of the Year' at the 2011 Technologies Numériques awards, '2011 Man of the Year' by the Enseignes d'Or panel and '2010 Businessman of the Year' by French GQ readers. Jacques-Antoine Granjon was also crowned 'E-commerce Man of the Year' by a panel of internet users at the E-commerce Magazine awards in 2007 then 'Businessman of the Year' at the BFM Awards in 2008. He also then went on to collect the European prize for 'Chief Marketing Office of the year', sponsored by Booz & Company, in 2009.

About founded the online sales event concept and is the global leader in the sector. Specialising in selling brand overstock since 2001, online sales are exclusive to its 19 million members in Europe. Registration to the club is free and with no purchase obligation. Sales are for a limited time only (3 to 5 days) and are organised in close collaboration with over 2,500 major international brands in all product categories: ready-to-wear, fashion accessories, music, homewares, toys, sports equipment, high-tech, gastronomy…Thanks to its partnerships with brands, offers irresistible discounts. With 2,000 employees in 8 European countries, generated €1.3 billion gross turnover in 2012, a 22% increase from 2011. In 2011, the website was launched in the United States in partnership with American Express