David Azéma has been Vice President of Institut Montaigne since January 2017. He is the author of the policy paper “The State, An Impossible Shareholder?”, published by Institut Montaigne in January 2017.
He is currently Partner and head of the Advisory practice in France at Perella Weinberg Partners, a position he has held since March 2017. David started his career in 1987 as an Auditor at the Court of Audit. In 1993, after two years at the Ministry of Labor, he joined the SNCF, France’s national railway company, where he served as chargé de mission at the Strategy Division, Advisor to the President and Director of the subsidiaries and holdings. He later worked in the United Kingdom, where he served as President of the ICRRL (Intercontinental and Regional Railways Limited), and after that the position of CEO of Eurostar Group Ltd, affiliates of the SNCF, of the SNCB, and of Eurostar UK, responsible for the high-speed services of the Eurostar. He joined the VINCI group in October 2002, and was Deputy General Manager of VINCI concessions. In June 2008, he returned to the SNCF group as Deputy General Manager of the Strategy and Finance section before being appointed Deputy General Manager of the SNCF group in October 2011. In June 2012, while staying in the executive committee of the SNCF group, he became president of the Executive Board of the Keolis group until August 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, he served as Chief Executive of the Agence de participations de l’Etat. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Chairman of Global Infrastructure group, as well as Vice Chairman of the Global Corporate & Investment Banking (GCIB) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
David holds a Bachelor degree in Law and graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the French National School of Administration.