Former Minister of Digital Economy
Cédric O is a French politician of La République En Marche! (LREM) who served as Secretary of State for the Digital Economy in the governments of successive Prime Ministers Édouard Philippe and Jean Castex from 2019 to 2022.
Along with future La République En Marche! cadres Ismaël Emelien and Benjamin Griveaux, as well as HEC alumnus Stanislas Guerini, O participated in the campaign team of Dominique Strauss-Kahn for the 2006 French Socialist Party presidential primary.
After serving as political adviser to finance minister Pierre Moscovici, during the presidency of Socialist François Hollande, O was appointed treasurer of the La République En Marche! party in Emmanuel Macron’s 2016–17 presidential campaign. In November 2017, O assumed the duties of political advisor to Macron and prime minister Édouard Philippe.
Also since November 2017, O has been part of LREM’s executive board under the leadership of the party’s successive chairmen Christophe Castaner and Stanislas Guerini.
On 31 March 2019, O was appointed Parliamentary Undersecretary for the Digital Economy, serving under the leadership of minister Bruno Le Maire. In this capacity, he has invited tech CEOs to meet with the French president about the “tech for good” project, as well as venture capitalists to Paris to promote to them the purported benefits of investing in the French “tech ecosystem.” Cédric O convinced Facebook to allow French regulators to investigate the company’s moderation processes, and also arranged a meeting between Macron and Mark Zuckerberg.
On 26 July 2020, O was appointed State Secretary of Digital Transition and Electronic Communications. Among his tasks was the installation of the future 5G network in France.
Spoken Languages: French, English