Former student of the Ecole Polytechnique, Claude Bébéar spent his entire career in the insurance industry in the Mutuelles Unies that progressively became AXA, leader in the sector, which he chaired until 2000.
Currently Honorary Chairman of the AXA Group, Claude Bébéar created and chaired from 1986 to 2012 IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, an institute supporting over 200 companies in the elaboration and implementation of their social commitment.
He created Institut Montaigne in 2001, an independent think tank, whose mission is to elaborate practical proposals in the domain of public policy, social cohesion, competitiveness, and public finances. Consequently, he prefaced and coordinated multiple books such as The courage to reform, in May 2002, How Does France Win? in September 2006, Reforming During Crises in May 2012, What Can Firms Do for Public Good? in February 2012 and published with Philippe Manière They Will Destroy Capitalism in February 2003.
In November 2004, following the Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s demand, he published a report containing 24 proposals to improve the integration of visible minorities, and worked to ensure they were implemented. Co-creator of the Diversity Chart, Claude Bébéar was particularly involved in publications on these issues at Institut Montaigne. Fifteen years after the creation of Institut Montaigne, Claude Bébéar decided to step down as President, in June 2015. During his time at Institut Montaigne, Claude Bébéar provided his experience and talent to help Institut Montaigne's work for public interest, in a constant spirit of innovation and independence made possible by the loyal support of our sponsors. As an Honorary President, he continues to follow the activity of Institut Montaigne.